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Make a Donation Today and advocate for women in film, artists in recovery and the fight against addiction.
The Creative High is a documentary feature film that illustrates the transformative nature of recovery through artistic expression, and how artist subjects re-create their lives in order to live free of addiction. Bringing the viewer into the worlds of hip-hop, drag performance, punk music, and featuring artists who create dance, theater and visual art, The Creative High demonstrates the tension that exists between the altered states of creativity and addictive behavior.

Help us Complete the Documentary…

The Creative High is currently in post-production. This is the most expensive part of making a film. Funding documentary films is extremely difficult, grants are highly competitive and women in film are vastly underfunded.

  • We are at a crucial stage of completing the documentary. Funds are needed for sound design and final mix, color correction, music, archival transfer, graphics/titles, and creating final versions of the film for release. Upon completion, The Creative High will apply to film festivals which will also require film festival fees and other distribution costs. 
  • After a film festival run, Adriana will use the documentary as a platform to attend conferences, treatment centers and other institutions to educate about substance use disorder issues and the power of the arts to support and sustain recovery.

The Impact of The Creative High

  • Addiction affects so many artists, and is a widespread and devastating issue in every community. There is a revolution in recovery advocacy at this time and strong interest in films that offer resources for people with addictions that highlight the hope of recovery.
  • The Creative High speaks to the toll that substance abuse takes, the misunderstanding and stigmas that exist, and the power of the arts in recovery.
  • The Creative High will benefit artists who have unique challenges to face in their recovery process, and provide information to future artists helping them avoid addictive cycles in conjunction with their artistic expression.
  • Donations to The Creative High will help herald an important discussion about art and addiction, and bring much needed resources to the recovery field.


Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT, has been involved in the arts for over thirty years as a filmmaker, exhibiting visual artist, movement educator, Argentine tango dancer, arts curator and healing artist. Marchione brings her extensive experience as expressive arts therapist and educator to this film project. She was awarded Artist of the Year in 2016 by In Recovery magazine. Marchione has worked with clients and students for close to 20 years witnessing artists from different backgrounds and orientations wrestle with their addictions – to alcohol, drugs, sex, work, food and dysfunctional relationships. She has presented at international conferences for expressive arts, drama therapy and related fields, and spearheaded many noteworthy projects and programs including the Arts at CIIS Program at California Institute of Integral Studies where she was art curator and director from 2002-2009. Marchione is a popular educator influenced by her position as core faculty member of the Tamalpa Institute, an internationally renowned training center for movement-based expressive arts education. She created When the Fall Comes in 2013, a performance project that culminated in a film based on her own life story encountering intimate grief and loss. When the Fall Comes garnered a significant audience and toured festivals around the world. She has been active in her own recovery from alcoholism since 1993. Find more about Adriana’s work at


Dianne Griffin is an award-winning filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. Her current documentary Painted Nails, (co-producer, director) follows a Vietnamese salon owner’s life-changing journey. Painted Nails premiered to standing ovations at Cinequest Film Festival, opening in the Bay Area at CAAMFest16 to sold out shows and has screened at over twenty film festivals around the globe. Painted Nails is currently being broadcast on PBS stations across the United States and Canada. Traveling the world, Griffin has produced and directed many documentaries including White Hotel, shot in Eritrea East Africa for world-renowned organizations and companies. Actively involved in the documentary film community, Dianne Griffin teaches documentary filmmaking including crowd-funding and social media marketing. She has chaired the United Nations Association Film Festival for over 18 years. Dianne draws her inspiration from her work with the people around her, creating intimate connections and telling stories of dignity, suffering and compassion, which move us to act. For more information check out: or


We have completed filming with the support of our individual donors, and this campaign will help us raise funds to pay for the final stages of of post-production (i.e. music, sound design and color correction). Outside of the money raised through this site, we have gathered other funding sources over the last few years to meet our expenses including small grants, fundraisers, crowdfunding campaigns and sponsorship from SHAMEBOOTH, a San Francisco Bay Area art project and podcast. If you have questions about the film’s funding, the budget and/or would like to inquire about backing The Creative High, please contact director Adriana Marchione at .


We are grateful for each donation of any amount towards our fundraising goal. All donations are tax deductible. If you are able to offer a larger donation to champion The Creative High film project, here are the categories for funders:

The Creative High Donation Opportunities for Individuals and Businesses

$250 – $500

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / Invites to Private Film Events

$500 – $1000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / Invites to Private Film Events

$1000 – $2500

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / Invites to Private Film Events / Rolling Film Credit

$2500 – $5000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / VIP Seats to Private Screenings / Rolling Film Credit

$5000 – $10,000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction/ VIP Seats to Private Screenings/ Screen Pause in a group on the Film Credits

$10,000 – $20,000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / VIP Seats to Private Screenings / Screen Pause that shows your name on an entire screen in the film credits / Film Screening with Director’s Q&A at your home or organization





Adriana Marchione at or 415-505-6764

Film Website:



The Creative High is a non profit entity fiscally sponsored by From the Heart Productions, a 501c3 (EIN 95-4445418).

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Cregg Elder-Mullan

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$27.50 January 1, 2021

I feel honored to be a part of this product !! Sending love to everybody !!

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Dana Uhlmann

$55.00 December 31, 2020
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Jeffrey Thomas

$110.00 December 31, 2020

So proud of my beautiful and sweet cousin, Adriana. What a monumental undertaking! Looking forward to the finished product. Hugs!

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Alexandria Marcus

$2,750.00 December 30, 2020

I'm excited to hear how everything is going. Here's a little something to support your labor of love. xo

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Phyllis Fetto

$110.00 December 30, 2020

Bravo and kudos for your process and perseverance thru unimaginable 2020
You are almost there!