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For the Director/Photographer of Empty Shells Q and A.

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MET

Fairfield, CT

#1 Mar 11, 2013
Hello Everyone,
This forum is for questions involving the series of short documentaries being shot in and around Greenbrier County and across West Virginia. We are tackling a tough subject one that is not only a problem in our state but across the nation.
I thought this would be a good place to start with community outreach about the problems our communities are facing. Empty Shells is just a small part of a much larger series of multi-media pieces that will continue to be made. We hope to raise awareness and spark a change. We will be presenting in multiple outlets for everyone to see what is happening first hand. We want to put faces to the problem. We want to tell human stories.
Sharing your story is no easy feat, our communities are small, we all know each other to be as honest as the participants are being is truly astonishing. They are truly laying everything on the line. Everyone in this project stepped forward because they wanted to be heard...
"If one person sees this and stays away from pills then it is worth it",-AR
Journalism comes with a great responsibility and as times change journalist focus on the problems their generations face. People are losing there lives, families, sons and daughters. We all have to our part to fight this issue, the imagery can only bring attention. It is up to others to push for solutions.
Feel free to ask anything about the production, future plans, anything...
Thank You,
Mt
gangsta fred

Princeton, WV

#2 Mar 11, 2013
2 spark a change you would have to stop the main source.stop the docters perscription, and the pharmacy's, u can do ten yrs in a over packed jail, with bubba,, but get out and go str8 to a pharmacy and get aa many pills and clean needles that u want, and u can go to the docter without a scratch and get a script.
MET

Fairfield, CT

#3 Mar 11, 2013
Good point, we are focusing on the medical side as well. We are working with a few pain physicians and pharmacist as well. There is a lot of red tape to maneuver around...
pointless

Princeton, WV

#4 Mar 11, 2013
Ar said if we can keep people off pills. Thays funny when she supplies alot of people like the rest of them in the video. And is a major user.plus it shows kids where all they can put needles. I understand the point of the documentary i also agree with you mt. But also think all those people everyone in the video do shoot up though. So they really cant say the point is to keep people off drugs. When thats all they all know. Thats just them making excusses fir themselves. This is an epidmic here of needles no doubt about it. I think its great how mt is telling people about the severity of drugs in our area. But for any of those people in the video i just think its sad and really pathetic. I do hope they all get there life on track. But isee your second part of this as death for all of them if they dont get off the drugs. Good luck to you all, please all of you go get tested for yourselves and the safety of others.
truth

Charleston, WV

#5 Mar 11, 2013
your nt helping the problem by just standing there and letting this happen to these kids....you are the problem by not reporting these kids into the police..what you are doing and saying is ...hey i'll just film this and we wait and see what happens and we make a name for ourselves at the expense of kids....you just do not help the situation at all.
Tom

Fairfield, CT

#6 Mar 11, 2013
You should read the ethics of journalism, it would help you understand the project a bit more.
MET

Fairfield, CT

#7 Mar 11, 2013
There is a fine set of rules that must be followed when covering a story like this. There is much debate to be had about what one should or shouldn't do. One great example is that of Kevin Carter ( google him). Buckwild and the wild and wonderful whites are both good examples of exploitation. There is no glorifacation in these stories just straight foward honesty. As the next few parts emerge I hope you chage your mind.

Thanks for the thought.
Hurt

Lerona, WV

#8 Mar 12, 2013
My heart is so heavy after watching that video. What can be done, anything? Is assistance offered quid pro quo? I appreciate the art of documenting, but can you rest at night turning a blind eye to these poor individuals?
Hurt

Lerona, WV

#9 Mar 12, 2013
gangsta fred wrote:
2 spark a change you would have to stop the main source.stop the docters perscription, and the pharmacy's, u can do ten yrs in a over packed jail, with bubba,, but get out and go str8 to a pharmacy and get aa many pills and clean needles that u want, and u can go to the docter without a scratch and get a script.
No. The main source is a problem evident in the above passage, complete and total ignorance.
MET

Fairfield, CT

#10 Mar 12, 2013
Hurt wrote:
My heart is so heavy after watching that video. What can be done, anything? Is assistance offered quid pro quo? I appreciate the art of documenting, but can you rest at night turning a blind eye to these poor individuals?
Thanks for the response, there are many goals to this coverage, this is only the first step down a long road. The ultimate goal is to accumulate enough stories through all walks of life to really make a statement. Then start presenting to organizations who can offer some sort of assistance. At this point that future is very foggy but we are gaining massive support. The complicated thing there are so my elements to this issue that is going to take time to lay out all the parts.

In the future you will see more from users, dealers, doctors, pharmacist, law enforcement, and the agencies that are trying to step in and lend assistance.

It is easy to not say anything about a problem or just complain and pass judgement but that is not going to motivate anything.
donna

Lizemores, WV

#11 Mar 12, 2013
they are not kids they are grown adults. who just so happens to went and choose a wrong path in life. its very disturbing, pathetic and sad. that these individuals have no parents that beleive in tough love. they must just keep acting as if nothing is wrong, treating them as if there fine. or the parents are doing it with them and they support each others habit.i say that because who would allow this type of behavior into there home. i hope and pray there is no children in these homes. that would just show them that this is normal life and teach them to go down the same path. what is wrong with people today? what is wrong with parents now a days? if your allowing them into your home then your saying its ok to do what you do. pills are destroying lives and families everyday. some dont have anything to do with there children, some dont help there child in anyway. some parents actually support there habit. thats what is sad about the world today. parents just ignore the situation then what want sympathy when your child over dose's. cause thats what will happen to all in this vidoe and everywhere else. when you shed a tear for when your child is gone. you can blame yourself for allowing it to continue and believing there lies. that they are clean and doing good. ive been there and done that with friends and yes they are dead from over dose. so parents stop handing over money, stop telling yourself your child is fine. stop supporting there habits. i hope and pray you parents aren't joining them in this destructive life style. mt i think its good what you are doing showing people this is what is going on in your neighborhood.
MET

New York, NY

#12 Mar 12, 2013
Most of the people (even though the knowledge of their drug use might have been known to some) are coming forward in front of their families for the first time. Not just their family but the entire community.
Before this was published the subjects and I had many conversations about the weight of what the consequences might be.
Of course as expected there has been a lot of talk but that is expected. I hope to have the second part completed by the end of the month. Some questions are going to be answered and more questions are going to be created.
Again it's the beginning of a much larger ongoing project.
unknown

Princeton, WV

#13 Mar 12, 2013
donna wrote:
they are not kids they are grown adults. who just so happens to went and choose a wrong path in life. its very disturbing, pathetic and sad. that these individuals have no parents that beleive in tough love. they must just keep acting as if nothing is wrong, treating them as if there fine. or the parents are doing it with them and they support each others habit.i say that because who would allow this type of behavior into there home. i hope and pray there is no children in these homes. that would just show them that this is normal life and teach them to go down the same path. what is wrong with people today? what is wrong with parents now a days? if your allowing them into your home then your saying its ok to do what you do. pills are destroying lives and families everyday. some dont have anything to do with there children, some dont help there child in anyway. some parents actually support there habit. thats what is sad about the world today. parents just ignore the situation then what want sympathy when your child over dose's. cause thats what will happen to all in this vidoe and everywhere else. when you shed a tear for when your child is gone. you can blame yourself for allowing it to continue and believing there lies. that they are clean and doing good. ive been there and done that with friends and yes they are dead from over dose. so parents stop handing over money, stop telling yourself your child is fine. stop supporting there habits. i hope and pray you parents aren't joining them in this destructive life style. mt i think its good what you are doing showing people this is what is going on in your neighborhood.
As an Aunt to one of them I will tell you her mother and us as a family has tried to get legal help but to no avail until yesterday nobody would help us.They keep telling you that theres nothing legally they can do.
The dumps of rainelle

United States

#14 Mar 12, 2013
Why cant you show the people in this town that struggle to get to work? People that try their hardest to take care of their children and provide for them. In this town its almost impossible to get by with one job. That is if you can even find one. Around here you almost have to sell drugs to get by. Its a sad story. Showing everyone whats going on isnt what this town needs. The Methadone Clinic is NOT what we need. These women are BRAGGING about this video. Yes bragging. They love the attention everyone it showing them. One of the girls featured in the video just overdosed. So you tell me is this is helping? Everyone knows whats going on. We dont need to see it. Action needs to be taken. Why have the police of Rainelle, Rupert, Charmco, Quinwood, or Lewisburg not taken action? They see whats going on. They know whats going on. I do believe the saying 'out of site out of mind' and the ones who dont know should be in lightened. WV is in a downward spiral. The whole United States for that matter. Its almost like an epidemic. I hope and pray that these videos help. For some reason i really dont see it helping. Find Jesus, not the needle.
truth

Chapmanville, WV

#15 Mar 12, 2013
turn a blind eye to the truth....thats everyones motto. some parents dnt want to take the time to teach their children right from wrong..some parents just see their kids as a hinderance..how pathetic our society has become..our children drop-out of school, on drugs and drinking, girls wanting babies at such an early age,...that never happened when i was a kid...so why is it happening today?...PARENTS..PARENTS PARENTS...to busy to talk to them...always on the go with something else to do...TAKE THE TIME TO TEACH THEM AND THEY WILL WALK THE RIGHT PATH OF LIFE.
Tom

Fairfield, CT

#16 Mar 13, 2013
The dumps of rainelle wrote:
Why cant you show the people in this town that struggle to get to work? People that try their hardest to take care of their children and provide for them. In this town its almost impossible to get by with one job. That is if you can even find one. Around here you almost have to sell drugs to get by. Its a sad story. Showing everyone whats going on isnt what this town needs. The Methadone Clinic is NOT what we need. These women are BRAGGING about this video. Yes bragging. They love the attention everyone it showing them. One of the girls featured in the video just overdosed. So you tell me is this is helping? Everyone knows whats going on. We dont need to see it. Action needs to be taken. Why have the police of Rainelle, Rupert, Charmco, Quinwood, or Lewisburg not taken action? They see whats going on. They know whats going on. I do believe the saying 'out of site out of mind' and the ones who dont know should be in lightened. WV is in a downward spiral. The whole United States for that matter. Its almost like an epidemic. I hope and pray that these videos help. For some reason i really dont see it helping. Find Jesus, not the needle.
Again as the project continues there will be more and more elements looked it. The economy is one of things. Producing takes time and our research is very in-depth and as the months come more parts will be released.
Jee Ehm Dubyew

Lewisburg, WV

#17 Mar 13, 2013
To say that Mark Trent's video is doing nothing to help is very false. The women in this video are at least being noble to put themselves out to the public to be made examples of the perscription epidemic. Instead of watching with premeditated disgust, I watched with apathy and sorrow. I don't want to see another peer fall victim to needles any longer.
breanna

Nitro, WV

#18 Mar 13, 2013
of course this video is sad. you have young woman ruining their lives. it broke my heart watching it, plus made me sick. so yes these girls have a chance to straighten up if they choose to get help. but that's up to them if they want it. i see where the director was taking this, but at the same time its aweful for them girls. there families watching this, the troubles this will cause them all. just sad i hope those young ladies get help.
meh

Princeton, WV

#19 Mar 13, 2013
Yeah the video is sad..but I do not feel bad for the girls. I feel bad for the family members of these girls. I could only imagine what they have to go through on a daily basis. Especially Barbie's mother. She has already lost one daughter..and has to see her other killing herself daily. That has to be torture. Like I said, I do not feel bad for these girls because they make the choice to stick the needle in their body. If they truly wanted help they'd get it!
imjustsaying

United States

#20 Mar 13, 2013
i think the videos are a good idea. It brings a different perspective to the lives of everyday users, the only reason people are making it a big deal is because they live in rainelle but they will set and watch tv series' about the same thing such as "true life" "my addiction", etc.. so its a double standard on it's own. Close mindedness is a curse. Anyways... this is a Q & A and my question is what made you want to do these videos? And where do you want your documentaries to take you, do you plan on making it a career or just a hobby?

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