Living On is an experimental video project series that brings together young people, researchers and filmmakers in Vancouver.
These short films allow young people to author and illustrate their own stories about drug use, overdose and living through loss, and to move beyond familiar, often stigmatizing, images of addiction in order to develop alternative visual vocabularies for telling these stories.
The series is co-created with director Sebastian Hill-Esbrand, Producers Maisie Thomas and Rob Crenson, in collaboration with Kiddo Films.
In this first video, imagined in collaboration with the narrator, images and words are used to evoke the joy and pain of childhood, friendship, drug use and recovery. Idyllic images such as a birthday party were inspired by the narrator’s own childhood, as well as more recent experiences of “taking a cake” to mark one year of sobriety in Twelve Step programs.
"Family" is the second video in the Living On series.