Behind the Story
As with all of our films, this fictional narrative is based on a series of interviews and research in order to authentically address real circumstances in the Evansville, Indiana area. A recurring theme that appears in almost all of our research and listening is the damage caused by isolation.
This story emphasizes how isolation and trauma are both causes and results of substance abuse, and how the shame and social stigma of addiction drive a person further into isolation.
In 2014, Vanderburgh County was ranked as the community with the most methamphetamine use in the world. Since then, methamphetamine use has dropped drastically, but Indiana continues to be the state with the 7th highest rate of drug use and addiction.
According to local experts, trauma and isolation are the driving forces behind the substance abuse habits of most addicts, and substance abuse is a leading contributor to countless other issues in the community, including foster care, unemployment, infant mortality, and suicide.