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‘Penumbra’ Traces the Damage of Addiction on Friends and Family

'Penumbra' Traces the Damage of Addiction on Friends and Family

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Tweetable Logline: The addict must survive addiction; everyone else must survive the addict.
Elevator Pitch: The story of two addicts: a sober cop and a cocaine-loving artist, whose past history and addictions cause their lives to intersect. A tragic event will set both of them on a path that will challenge everything that they know and love. The film is not just from the perspective of the person in the clutches of addiction, but also focuses on the friends and family members of the addict, who have to endure the addict’s struggles, recovery and relapses. Everyone who has struggled or known someone who has will be able to relate.
Production Team: 
Director/Editor: Shannan Leigh Reeve
Producers: Chelese Belmont & Shannan Leigh Reeve
Story By: Chelese Belmont
Screenplay By: Gino Costabile & Shannan Leigh Reeve
Director of Photography: Adriana Torres
Composer: Daniel Clive McCallum
Camera Operators: Mike Hamilton, Ken Whiting, & Michelle Rose
About the Film: “Penumbra” was written after I had recently lost an uncle to the complications from years of drug abuse; Shannan also had an uncle who died of similar complications. In addition, a very dear friend of mine was born addicted to crack because her mother was (and still is) an addict; my friend has suffered with physical complications due to her mother’s poor choices ever since. These personal experiences, coupled with stories from colleagues and friends, some of whom were addicts themselves, and some of whom had struggled as those closest to them, inspired us to make the film.
Current Status: Post-production: nearing completion of the second edit as our composer creates the original score. We are preparing to hand it off for color correction/sound mixing.

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