Bryan Hayes, of Hayes Media, is announcing a new feature documentary film about heroin addiction in teenagers in suburban Los Angeles. He is teaming up with acclaimed UK photographic artist Naomi Hart for this exciting and valuable project.
Online PR News – 20-February-2014 – Los Angeles – LOS ANGELES – Bryan Hayes, of Hayes Media, is announcing a new feature documentary film about heroin addiction and other disaffected behavior in teenagers in suburban Los Angeles.
Through unfiltered stories from active addicts and former users, the film will present and analyze the tragic affects of addiction showing up in suburban areas of Los Angeles. It is scheduled to begin filming this fall and is eyeing a spring 2016 release. Hayes is directing and producing.
"One of my best friends overdosed on heroine January 3, 2011," Hayes said. "I was thrown into a fit of questioning the reason behind it. I’ve thought of making this film before he passed away because he and I spoke about his addiction. It fascinated me. I openly told him about the documentary back then and he said it would be worth making. The subject of why teenagers all over the world, from affluent neighborhoods, get addicted to heroin is a big question I want to try to answer. I also want to make a tribute to my friend John that passed, for his family and me."
An entrepreneur, web designer and author, Hayes founded the National Parent Resource Help Center to support parents that are searching for housing assistance and other related aid. The company grew to more than 100,000 members in 2012. Hayes also founded Grants For Houses and is active with social projects including for drug rehab centers in southern California. Hayes has previously launched Geek-Tech.org, which generates more than $1 million annually, and also Regal Republic, a music label signed to publisher Kobalt Music Group.
Naomi A. Hart, one of the UK’s premier visual artists specializing in photography and video, will serve as the film’s director of photography and research consultant.
"Documentaries have become so much more popular and mainstream in recent years. I think this is fantastic because through watching documentaries our otherwise often apathetic society can become more informed and engaged," she said. "From my experience with documentary projects, I know that to make a successful documentary you need to understand your subject really well and genuinely care about it. Bryan brings to this project his own personal experiences and a genuine passion for finding out how and why addiction happens to teenagers, which is so important."
Hart has shown her fine art work prolifically in the UK and internationally including exhibitions in Edinburgh, Scotland, Newcastle, England, Japan and the U.S. Her work has been selected for curated websites www.axisweb.org and www.medinart.eu. She's been commissioned as a lead artist for many projects working with teens from inner city Newcastle for Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Laing Gallery and Tyne and Wear Museums and for Who Cares? Scotland, a charity that works with young people in care.
"With a project like this, I think it’s important to allow my artistic vision as DP to develop as we spend time getting to know the individuals who’s stories we will tell and get a sense of their world and the spaces they inhabit," said Hart. "As documentarians, it is essential that we don’t begin the project with a defined notion of how the film will look, because that would be an idea based upon our assumptions and expectations of our complex and sensitive subject. We want to avoid simply confirming stereotypical ideas of addiction, both in the way we engage with the topic and within the overall aesthetic of the film."
Hayes said, "Naomi has a wealth of skills that will make her invaluable for this project. Her work as a fine artist often explores difficult or challenging issues, yet she always manages to do so with care, intelligence and compassion. Naomi has a great deal of experience of working within the documentary genre with both stills photography and films, so she brings her expertise within the craft of documentary making to the team."
The documentary will be the first film from Hayes Media. It will premiere at film festivals and later release on YouTube. Hayes hopes to offer special screenings of the film at high schools and colleges in Los Angeles.
"Hopefully the film will impact many people," he said. "If one teenaged kid in high school sees the film and decides not to ever touch heroin, I will consider the film a success."
For more information, follow Naomi Hart on Twitter -@NaomiHart2 and watch out for the Facebook page for the project, which is expected to launch later this month.
Hayes Media is beginning production of a documentary film looking at heroin addiction and other disaffected behavior in teenagers in suburban Los Angeles. Naomi Hart is an experienced photographer with a background of documentary film-making and working with teenagers in a variety of capacities and within challenging situations, and will be a valuable addition to our production team on this project.