The Partnership at Drugfree.org & Genart
Genart teamed up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents of teens solve the problem of teen substance abuse. In April 2013, together they launched the #ENDMEDICINEABUSE Teen Filmmaker Competition, a nationwide call to action for teens to submit a film treatment for a documentary film sending a message to parents about teen medicine abuse as it exists in their world.
Genart and The Partnership at Drugfree.org selected Genart Alumni, and A&E Intervention’s Tucker Capps as the filmmaker mentor and co-director of the documentary. Dallas native and high school student Cyrus Stowe was selected as the winning treatment and his story was selected to be shot as documentary film.
Cyrus Stowe’s documentary film, Out of Reach, will world premiere OPENING NIGHT of the Genart Film Festival on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Cyrus Stowe, a rising senior at a Dallas high school, sets out to uncover the growing problem of friends sharing and abusing prescription medications in his hometown.
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Filmmaker, Competition Winner – Cyrus Stowe
Cyrus Stowe is a rising senior in the theater cluster at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. His two passions include acting and filmmaking. Cyrus has been performing and making short videos since the age of 11. Most of which he wrote, directed, filmed, edited, and occasionally starred in. Some of his works have been shown at the Dallas International Film Festival and the 24 Hour Video Race. Cyrus wants to study film once he graduates. His goal is to attend NYU to pursue his artistic endeavors.
Filmmaker Mentor, Co-Director – Tucker Capps
Tucker Capps is a writer, producer and director from Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has worked with anthropologists in East Africa; published fiction in Best New American Voices; taught 16mm filmmaking to high school students in Putney, Vermont; and directed documentaries in China, Alaska and rural Kentucky. His first feature-length documentary, GOOLD’S GOLD (co-directed by Ryan Sevy), was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Genart Film Festival in New York. He has also produced and wrote for INTERVENTION, the Emmy-winning docu-series about addiction and recovery on A&E. He lives in Los Angeles.