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Brutally honest portrayal of life in the underbelly of the Meth world. Fantastic work!
I have heard "Chasing the White Dragon" being compared to other films about drug addiction and I will concede to agree on one point. It's no "Requiem For a Dream." Because, in fact, "Chasing the White Dragon" is much more true to life!! I have been a police officer for almost 15 years and see every day the effects of methamphetamines in peoples lives and nothing could be closer to reality than the portrayal presented by Kat Scratch Films and Lil Bo Productions. As I watched this film I felt the impact the drug made not only on the users but the way it impacted the lives of their families and the community. The actors performances were exceptional. The expressions of fear, frustration, paranoia, betrayal, love, and friendship were all played with such intensity that I was drawn into the lives of the characters. The special effects were perfect! They added just the right dimension of power without overloading the storyline... as I felt happened in "Requiem For a Dream." The realism was edgy and frightening. The music added just the right touch, mixing sad and mournful melodies then heightening the tense moments with perfectly chosen heavy rock. I have to comment on some of these fresh faced actors, most of whom are new to the industry. These actors showed such an incredible level of talent in their roles and were very refreshing to watch. This is a very well cast and well crafted Indie film that will definitely be getting some attention. At it's first appearance on the film festival circuit it won a well deserved award which I'm certain is the first of many to come.
Kat Phillips is an extraordinary writer and director. See "Katrina's Wake" and "Space Available" and you will see what I mean. CTWD is her first feature length effort and I think she exceeded all expectations with this film. My congratulations to all of the production staff, cast and crew for making this important film. My 15 year old son accompanied me to the Tupelo premiere and it opened his eyes to the horrors of addiction, whether the drug is meth, cocaine, alcohol, or even tobacco. He left with a keener sense of awareness of addiction's very real, very devastating effects on not only the user but the friends and families of the addict. It makes us realize that drug abuse isn't restricted to the inner city. It reveals the terrifying fact that it reaches into even the smallest town, "Anytown, USA." Watch this film! It is engaging, engrossing, educational, and inspiring. I applaud the young actors for their excellent performances and feel like we are seeing the beginning of some very successful film careers with CTWD! Kat Phillips and Austin Haley did not have a Spielberg-size budget to make this film but the final product rivals many of Hollywood's multi-million dollar movies. This was a project from the heart and it showed. Excellent work!!
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