A new film telling a story of drug addiction is hoping to attract the attention of Washington D.C.’s elite.
Meth Head, which draws upon writer-director Jane Clark’s real-life experiences with methamphetamine addiction, is planning a March 7 premiere in the nation's capital, and its producers are seeking to get lawmakers to attend. The film stars Lukas Haas (Lincoln, Inception) and centers on a man who attempts to escape the monotony of his dead-end job by turning to methamphetamine at a party. His drug addiction eventually causes him to become homeless and lose his relationships with his boyfriend and family.
"Most movies, documentaries, and news programs only illustrate meth addicts who are poor and uneducated — or celebrities," Clark said. "But methamphetamine is an equal opportunity destroyer. The addicts I knew and know are from good families, had careers, lovers, owned homes, and lived middle class lives. And that is a story that has gone untold until now."
"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," said Clark.
Recent government data estimates 12.6 million Americans have used methamphetamine.
The film is being produced by John W. McLaughlin, whose experiences also informed the film’s story, and Gary Weeks. The film was scored by Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) and Charlton Pettus.