Cougar-made documentary gets recognition on St. Louis Public Radio

“When Ashley Seering and Cory Byers started gathering stories about heroin addiction and deaths in southern Illinois, the Edwardsville-based filmmakers didn’t realize it would turn into a feature-length documentary.”

APR 7, 2015

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“People don’t even know that this exists. Community interest needs to be there in order for people to come together and create change,” Seering said. “Because it’s in our community, it affects everyone.”

With ten hours of interviews, a pair of Canon T3i cameras, and a cast of emergency responders and local officials eager to donate their time, Seering and Byers were able to pull the film together over the course of a year while holding down other employment. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign brought in an additional $2,255 to help with production costs.

“The Heroin Project: A Documentary” premieres May 3 at Abbott Auditorium on Southern University of Illinois-Edwardsville’s campus.

The Heroin Project: A Documentary – Official Trailer from Ashley Seering on Vimeo.

If you want to go:

“The Heroin Project”
Sunday, May 3
Abbott Auditorium in SIUE’s Lovejoy Library
Edwardsville, IL
2-4 p.m.
The event is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis

Pending scheduling, additional showings will be posted on The Heroin Project’s page on Facebook.

If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction, a national hotline operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is 1-800-662-HELP.

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