Days of our Lives star Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) tackles a role unlike any you’ve ever seen him in Jane Clark’s powerful drama Meth Head.
In the film, debuting tonight at 8:15PM at the Burke Theater for the DC Independent Film Festival in Washington D.C., Berris plays Dusty, a drug dealer and meth head who seduces Kyle, played by Lukas Haas (Lincoln, Inception and Brick), with his life of partying and drugs. Kyle, stuck in a dead end job with a more successful boyfriend and a family who doesn’t get him, sees Dusty and Maia’s (Necar Zadegan) life as just the escape he needs. Unfortunately, his addiction to methamphetamines undermines and eventually destroys the very life he sought to flee. Kyle must decide if he wants to continue living his life for meth, or reclaim the life he lost.
“I don’t see Meth Head as simply a drug film. I see it as a film about family – the one that we are born into, the ones that we create – and how they impact the addiction and how the addiction impacts them. In simple terms, it’s about the human beings,” says Clark, who has previously screened several short films at the DC Independent Film Festival, including Carrie’s Choice and Beyond Words. “These are the fathers, sons, mothers, lovers, friends, aunts, neighbors that we all know. They are just like us, filled with dreams, desires, fears and insecurities. The only difference is the chemical changes that impact their behavior and their choices because of the drug.”
Following the premiere, a Q&A session with the filmmakers and stars will take place. On Friday, March 8, DCIFF is organizing a panel discussion with filmmakers Jane Clark and John W. McLaughlin, Pat Taylor, Executive Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery, Dr. Gaya Dowling of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Marie Gallo Dyak, Executive VP Program Services & Government Relations of the Entertainment Industries Council, who will offer perspectives on methamphetamine prevention and treatment, and how films like Meth Head can impact on the problem.
The panel discussion will take place 10AM – 12PM at the Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, Room 101.
For more information about the film, visit www.themethheadmovie.com.