Students’ anti-meth DVD debuts
The movie’s opening scene shows a girl, shivering and twitching on methamphetamine, shoved out of a car onto the cold pavement in front of a hospital emergency room.
Created by a group of Truckee teenagers, the DVD drama warns their peers against stepping onto the path to methamphetamine addiction – an experience that several of the teen filmmakers know first-hand.
“It’s a film of life or meth,” said Peter Mayfield, director of the GateWay Mountain Center, a nonprofit learning and adventure program, who produced the student-directed video with Sierra High School.
Mayfield’s group was one of two in the Tahoe-Truckee area that received grants to create a straight-to-DVD, anti-meth movie. Creciendo Unidos, a youth and family organization in Kings Beach, taped another version.
Both dramas premiered last week at the second annual Youth Service Symposium hosted by the Sierra Watershed Education Partnership.
The students’ personal experiences influenced both productions.
Creciendo Unidos’ film was inspired by one of its own members, who was arrested for his methamphetamine use.
“It was hard to just stay home and be happy, knowing that he was in jail,” said Victor Cisneros, the recovering meth user’s younger brother, who acted in the drama.
Cisneros’ older brother has been clean for more than a year and participated in the production.
“The family’s happy again. We’re proud of my brother,” said Victor Cisneros, a 15-year-old student at North Tahoe High School. “Thank God he’s not dead.”
Placer County Health and Human Services and California Friday Night Live Partnership, a youth anti-drug-and-alcohol program, distributed six grants totaling $10,781 dollars last fall to produce DVDs about methamphetamine, said county Community Services Officer Kristen Mann.
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