Local Police, Schools Team Up For Movie
KIMBERLY-- A film being shot right now highlights collaboration between police, schools and a local film director to curb a dangerous addiction. The film is using local high school students as actors for a movie aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse.
"The best teacher with any student nowadays is their peers what they see, what other kids do, they emulate,” said director Ron Haese.
Haese spent months researching for the film and talking to teens and police about drug abuse. He says using local high school talent and filming several scenes at Kimberly high school is going to help spread the message to thousands of students in our area.
And while statistics show pill abuse among teens is declining, police say the message is still important.
"We still see problems throughout the Fox Valley with people abusing prescription drugs, “ said Ofc. Jason Weber of the Town of Menasha police. “Efforts such as this if they can get at least one person to re-think their decision to abuse or misuse prescription drugs, all of the time and effort is well worth it.”
And for these high school students looking to break into acting, this is an experience they'll always remember.
All the shooting for the 60 minute film will be done in just three days. It's expected to be released by Memorial Day and distributed to several high schools for next school year.