Higher Love, a 78-minute documentary on the gripping hardships of addiction and redemption, has won the Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival. SCM associate professor Tony Pemberton served as co-executive producer and SCM associate professor Roberta Friedman served as co-producer of the film. Directed by Hasan Oswold, Higher Love follows Daryl Grantt as he tries to save his pregnant girlfriend who is battling a heroin addiction in Camden, NJ. The jury honored the film for its “damning letter to American society, with unflinching and incredible intimate access.”
The Slamdance Film Festival highlights innovative films and has become a showcase for countless breakthrough artists. Held in Park City, Utah, previous winners include some of Hollywood’s most prominent filmmakers. In addition to Pemberton and Friedman, SCM graduates and adjunct faculty assisted with the making of the film.