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It's hard for those who haven't used drugs to imagine the experience. We know the consequences and all we can do is wonder why people risk drug abuse despite the harm it causes. For those who have used drugs, it is no mystery. The reason people are still poppin’ pills, chuggin' beers, blowin’ lines, smokin’ blunts, shootin’ up and dunkin’ donuts (in coffee) is because drugs feel good.

If you don’t know, ingesting any one of many popular psychotropics can induce the chemical equivalent to such awesome pleasures as running a marathon, falling in love or lucid dreaming. But it’s a hell of a lot easier.
There is no six months of training and 26 miles to attain runner’s high…
There is no mandatory meditation to realize a lucid dreamscape…
There is no waiting for love…
There is no counting to ten…

It’s a shortcut. It’s fast food and masturbation and high-speed modems and every other instant gratification we take for granted in our credit card culture. Is it really any mystery why drugs have survived in this modern age? Even with all our conveniences we're never just comfortable. How can we expect our children to learn the value of patience if we won't settle for anything less than instant results?

I want people to recognize drug use as a shadow of human nature. Only then can we have an open dialogue as we do with cancer, war and the weather. That is what I hope to achieve with the film -- a new outlook on a problem that has fallen fatally silent.


Part of the film surveys the action of major substances (e.g. illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine) and the physiology of their use. The majority of the film features people sharing their stories of how they got in and out of their drug problems (or why they keep using, as the case may be). These subjects are primarily residents of greater Boston, but many had moved to the city from all over, provding some diversity in that respect.

Since most subjects are reluctant to reveal their identities anonymous interviews comprise much of the film. There are dozens of ways to film someone and hide his or her face. You may ask, “If you’re not seeing their faces, why not just do phone interviews?” Well I wanted to collect as much visual material as possible. Also, people are quick to judge others (especially drug users) by their appearance and this method will nullify that common prejudice.

I believe the mission of film is first to entertain, then inform. I've included several skits in the film, satires of old educational films and some dramatiztion. Featured in these productions are my good friends, Celeste Green and Justin Caless. Most people wish I had made the film entirely about their characters and I appreciate that, but I wrote these in to lighten the load (and the mood) of a weighty topic.
(or disappearance....................................)
Sally...... Celeste Green
Mike / Dr. Gorman...... Justin Caless
Additional charaters...... CJ Carr


I am entering this film into festivals both regional and national, though these can be quite competitive. I believe people would most benefit from seeing the film in a communal, not a commercial venue. It is my intention to host a dialogue about substance abuse as part of a local community event using the film as a talking point. Health and wellness organizations could get involved and broaden the scope of the public forum. The more people who talk about these issues, the better.
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This film is supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.