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Synopsis: High Flying Jade is the true story of a bipolar woman from Los Angeles who moved to Vietnam and joined the circus in Hồ Chí Minh City. In the US, Jade was an air traffic controller but repeated attempts at suicide culminated in hospitalization. She was eventually diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. Now, she tries to manage her unique brain chemistry with learned-mindfulness and focused aerial training. We meet her one week before the opening night of her first ever performance in a real, big top circus.





Run Time

21 minutes

Directed by

Katherine Sweetman

Produced by

Jayjit DasGupta

Director's Bio

Katherine Sweetman is a content creator with work distributed in major film festivals throughout the world including Rencontres Internationales; broadcast on major TV outlets including Cox, Brighthouse Networks and Time Warner; shown in galleries and museums including The Getty Center, Los Angeles.

From 2009-2014 she produced, directed and edited 3D and 4k content for film and television distribution at Passmore Lab, where she created and directed the award-winning series, Road to the Cage 3D, a tell-all sports documentary series on amateur cage fighting and a short form series Extreme Culture 3D. Her latest documentary film, High Flying Jade, is touring film festivals now, winning awards, and being considered for network funding as a series on Extraordinary Women.

Katherine sometimes moonlights as an adjunct university instructor teaching courses on visual culture and media at colleges and universities including The University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; and California State University, San Marcos and more.

Katherine has an MFA in Visual and Performing arts from the University of California, San Diego, a BA in Arts and Technology from California State University, a certificate from the New School University, and a second MFA in Film and TV Production from The School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.


Indie short Fest, Los Angeles, CA - United States - 2020

Best Documentary Short


Best Documentary Short - United States - 2020

Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood

Official selection

San Francisco DocFest - United States - 2019


"Until now, I’ve never shared anything publicly about my experience with being bipolar. In fact, this film was the first time many of my friends and family learned about my diagnosis or my suicide attempts. I was worried about what the response might be but it has been overwhelmingly supportive and many people have reached out to me about their own struggles just after seeing the trailer." - Jade White (star of the film),

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