It's emotional, it's uncut and it's the raw reality of Naperville's youth drug culture.
It's "Neuqua on Drugs."
After reaching their online fundraising goal to put the "Neuqua on Drugs" documentary onto DVD last month, two student filmmakers have provided a glimpse of Naperville's heroin reality in a new trailer for the film.
In May, producers Kelly McCutcheon and Jack Kapson premiered their first documentary, “Neuqua on Drugs” at the 95th Street Library. Since then, they not only raised awareness about the issue, but also launched and successfully funded a Kickstarter project in order to put the documentary onto DVD.
With $6,677 raised, the DVD will soon be available for purchase on the documentary's web site.
“There’s so many reasons, whether it’s peer pressure or it’s just kids being bored at home and wanting to try weed, there’s so many different reasons that get kids started,” Kapson told Patch in May. “We just wanted it to be the reality and show what’s actually happening.”
To illustrate that reality, McCutcheon and Kapson interviewed 25 high school students over the course of three months for the film.
In the documentary, students describe their experiences with taking drugs like heroin, explaining how accessible and affordable it has become compared to other drugs. Many also told of the risks they’re willing to take just to purchase drugs.
Some of the students interviewed remained anonymous with their faces and voices disguised, but all of their stories were raw, emotional and uncensored as witnesses in the two-and-a-half minute YouTube trailer.
About 1,000 copies of the film are being made and will be availabe for purchase on the "Neuqua on Drugs" web site. The Naperville Public Library, which is where the documentary premiered back in May, will also have a copy available.
Editor's Note: This trailer includes profanity that might be offensive to some.