Drugs & Abuse
Cutting school became an addiction for Will. But when a brush with death leads him to return to school, he finds it harder than he expected.
Battle With Myself
A story about marijuana addiction and the struggles that come with it. Being a recovering smoker, filmmaker Jason Ortiz gives insight on what marijuana addiction is really about.
Breaking the Silence
A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.
Chris dreams of reuniting with his mom and step-dad, both recovering addicts living in Philadelphia. But when he visits them for the first time in three years, he discovers that some hurts can never be healed.
When I decided to do a film about my mother’s death, I was afraid that whoever saw the film would think I was a whiny teenager looking for sympathy. But then I realized that making this film would help me in a lot of ways; help me accept her death, help me cope with the fact that she took drugs, and help me understand that she wasn’t a bad person. I also thought it would be a good way to bring up good memories of her, and help me to stop hating her for everything she put me through. Making a film about my mother’s death has helped me become a stronger person.
A filmmaker documents a culture of partying and excess among privileged NYC teens – where easy access to drugs and alcohol can be a trap from which not everyone escapes.
What is it like to be inside Cesar’s mind? A wordsmith, and experimental filmmaker, Cesar takes the audience down the proverbial rabbit hole, and into a world all its own.
Mentor: Ralph Scott