I used to think drug addiction was limited to low-life individuals who had no willpower and didn’t care for others. That is, until I met one. His name was Jeremy and he became one of my best friends – if not the best friend I’ve ever had. He would’ve been 28 on Sunday but on June 8th of this year, he lost his battle with addiction. He was truly one of the best guys I’ve ever met in my life. He had hopes and dreams: plans for a career, a wife, and kids. Every single day, there are addicts struggling, family and friends feeling the rippling effects of addiction, and first responders being put at risk because of this epidemic.
If you’d have told me last July that my latest project, No Limits No Boundaries, would’ve turned out the way it did, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. I never imagined that I would’ve had the opportunity to show three different perspectives of those affected by the drug epidemic. This was by far the most challenging, most stressful, yet most enjoyable film I’ve ever made. I’d without a doubt do it again in a heartbeat.
Two of the biggest thing I’ve learned throughout the process of making this film:
This month I was given the opportunity to film for the Lycoming County Camp Cadet program held at the Little League World Series International Grove in South Williamsport. I took the job mainly because I needed a little extra cash, I figured it would look good on a resume, and we’d get to film all week. That sounded like an all around win to me.
However, that week ended up being so much more than I had originally expected. Through this experience, I gained new perspectives, acquired new knowledge, and created new memories. In the midst of this project, there were three major things that stood out to me.