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About the Filmmaker

Erin Sanger is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has screened at over fifty film festivals internationally including SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, and Aspen Shortsfest. She is a Wasserman Award Winner, Student Academy Award nominee, and Webby Award Honoree. She has directed for brands including Allergan, 23andMe, and Bai, and her directorial work has been featured on National Geographic, The Atlantic, PBS, and Topic. Most recently, she directed MACK WRESTLES for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. The film made its World Premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, it’s New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at Dallas International Film Festival, and will be broadcast later this year. She is developing her first narrative feature, which was a Semi-Finalist in the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, landing in the top 50 scripts.

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Write the ideal script for a necessary conversation with a loved one

  • This film captures all of the weight and tension that an interaction with a family member can entail. If you are worried about someone close to you—due to addiction or any other issue—and have not been able to address your concerns effectively, write down the message you hope to communicate in the most direct yet sensitive way.
  • Take it a step further, and imagine what the dialogue would need to be prior to your main point to ensure your family member is receptive to your feedback. If you consider multiple scenarios and reactions as well, you’ll be even better prepared to reach your family member. Feel free to share with other family members to get their input and even possibly their participation.

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  1. Sassy

    Thank you for this story, sad that we are unable to help our loved ones stop using. Glad to see that his dad and sister tried. All we can do is pray that one day they will hit rock bottom and want to change for the better. Thinking of you my sister Kitty Kat and hope you are ok!!! Love you Sassy

  2. Anonymous

    This film was depressing. Addiction is depressing. There has been too much of it in my life. All you can do is let them know you’re there for them, but it doesn’t always make a difference.

  3. Kathy

    all we can do is pray … we can change no one only God.

  4. Anonymous

    Amazingly truthful in how addiction works. I like to think that he in fact did get help
    And will
    Come back and find his dog. That is the only way. Hopefulness and expectation of healing. Humankind has great capacity for re growth.

  5. Anonymous

    My brother was an addict. We tried many times to get him help, but he always refused. I took the final step 2 years ago and walked away to save myself. He passed away a month ago and I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. As it is, I can remember who he used to be instead of what he’d become!

  6. Helen Jones

    I had many addictive people in my family and I was not able to help any of them. I myself have an addiction and I know how lonely and hurtful it can be to be seen only through the eyes of someone who wants you to change. Sometimes people want you to change in order to feel less guilty about themselves not being able to help but remember that the addictive person is a human being with feelings even thought those feelings may be confused. I think that compassion works best. Not blame or guilt.


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