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Video Author: Chris Batty

Dopamine by Chris Batty

Link to "Dopamine" on YouTube

Drug addiction runs deep in my family; my grandfather is a recovering alcoholic, my cousin died of an overdose, and my sister is addicted to hard drugs. Creating art is my way of fighting addiction. It is the only way I know how to fight. I feel if this video, or any other video I create, can help at least one person I will have done my job. -- Chris Batty




Video Authors: Deborah Desilets and Javi Garrotte

Videographer and Editor: Goran Sredojev-gogiso


"In April of 2006, I met Javi Garotte while strolling on Miami Beach. Between surf and stories, I realized he was strung out, but I wasn't sure from what. I could see by his blistered feet and swollen lips that he wasn't going to make it much longer on the streets. I invited him into my world. Soon after I heard his story of rock and roll, drugs, addiction and art, I felt compelled to reach across the darkness. I wasn't sure what was there, but I believed in the art and the music. Along this path, art and two CD's of songs were made, as well as the still images and film footage. It was never seen as a work in itself, but now the not-so-quiet 10-minute video stands alone as a testament to a soul's struggle, and the compassionate arc that bridged, this time, the abyss of addiction."

July 30, 2011: "This is five years to the day, that Javi left Miami Beach clean; but never too clean." - Deborah Desilets

"I would like to give more people a chance to view this, and see what heroin is about." - Goran Sredojev-gogiso

CREDITS TO: Steven Brack - actor in intro darkness, Julio Martinez - videographer for simple life, Dave Black - cityscapers+musicians, Javi Garotte - performing artist, Deborah Desilets - artistic director+photographer+videographer, and Goran Sredojev-gogiso - video editor+director




Video Author: Shawn Kerns

The Gun Game Image

Link to "The Gun Game" on YouTube

My video "The Gun Game" displays the life of a struggling artist who is addicted to heroin. The Honey Bear is metaphorically the drug. The video has been shown at Marietta College Herman Fine Arts Center, Kent State University Gallery, the SunShine Gallery (South Korea) and the Ottawa International Film Festival. --Shawn Kerns



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