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Online fundraiser helps Neuqua students get word out about film on drug abuse

Updated: September 11, 2012 6:14AM

If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to help combat the drug problem plaguing the ‘burbs, here is your chance.

In late May, aspiring filmmakers Jack Kapson and Kelly McCutcheon debuted their documentary “Neuqua on Drugs” in front of a crowd of hundreds at the Naperville library.

The film, about drug use at Neuqua Valley High School, touched many parents and students who were left to mourn in the wake of a string of drug-related deaths.

The film includes powerful interviews with more than 20 current and former Neuqua Valley students who speak candidly about their drug use. Several provide an emotional recounting of the tragic events leading up to the deaths of three of their classmates.

“We wanted to show people what was actually happening. Something not one-sided, but reality,” Kapson said. “There are a lot of things people don’t know about that they should.”

Now, in an effort to get the film before more Fox Valley residents, Kapson and McCutcheon have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help them build a website and produce DVDs to sell online.

They already have met their initial goal of $5,000 in donations.

Amy Miller, whose daughter Megan died from a drug overdose earlier this year, is supporting the filmmakers in their efforts to spread the message.

“Everyone should see this film and support the efforts of Kelly and Jack by making a pledge to help them achieve the necessary funding required to be able to mass produce this film and fulfill their desire to help build on awareness and education of the public regarding the drug culture and crisis,” Miller wrote on the filmmakers’ Kickstarter campaign page. “Please help out by joining the cause and supporting this project in any way that you can.”

“This is not an anti-drug video,” McCutcheon said of her film. “It’s a documentary that shows what’s going on ... It’s reality.”

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