Second Wind: A Recovery Story
SEVA 2017 Award
Program Title: Second Wind: A Recovery Story
Producers: Cameron Smith, Jacob Michealis, Andres Mendez, and James Vaughn
School: California State University Sacramento
Target Audience: Families. Those who struggle with substance abuse, and addiction. Those who have family and friends who struggle with addiction. Those who are in recovery.
Program Idea: This idea came to be because of my brothers recovery process in recent days. My brother struggled with addiction to Cocaine, and Alcohol, and it was destroying his life. After a family intervention, he realized that rehabilitation was his only way to fix him. At the time that my brother had been out of rehab for over 100 days, I was tasked to do a ‘personal documentary’ piece on someone who I felt had a great story, and there’s nothing more fulfilling and inspiring than a story of an inner battle fought and one by someone who’s close to you. I chose to do this piece on my brother for my ‘Portrait Assignment ‘ in my college class.
Message: My educational message with this film is to give an example of what someone’s life can be like when they strive for something better and genuinely good. I think it is fair to assume that everyone has struggled with addiction to SOMETHING at one point or another in their lives, and this film gives light to the ability to overcome anything in your life that halts you or that can challenge you and your growth as an individual, friend and family member. Anyone can overcome the biggest of obstacles, and I am using this message as just one example of true perseverance and pride for one’s own accomplishments in even the darkest of settings.