Looking to get into the drug trade but aren’t really sure where to start? Never fear! On Tuesday, Baker University Center Theater will be showing the documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” on behalf of the organization REACT to FILM.
REACT to FILM is a national non-profit aiming to draw attention to notable documentary filmmaking, particularly documentaries that ignite civic engagement and encourage social responsibility. REACT to FILM was granted non-profit status in 2010 and has since garnered national attention. High schools across the U.S. are now offering semester-long, for-credit REACT to FILM elective courses, in addition to college chapters set up across the country.
Ohio University is among these schools. OU’s REACT to FILM organization began in Fall 2012 when Caitlin Stone, a video production major set to graduate this spring, discovered the organization through an internship website and founded the chapter.
“When I started it was just me trying to do everything, which proved to be very difficult,” Stone said. “We had very small turnouts to the screenings, and even one or two times where no one showed up and we had to reschedule.”
The organization has since grown in size and popularity. This past September, REACT to FILM screened the documentary “Blood Brother” at the Athena Cinema, with a turnout that doubled a screening REACT to FILM hosted last spring. The documentary proved to be funny, moving (tears were shed), and engaging. After the showing, Stone asked audience members about their reactions to the film, the discussion continuing in the lobby of the Athena after everyone filed out of the theater, still wiping their eyes.
The engagement of the audience after the documentary showings is what makes REACT to FILM such an intriguing organization. Students are encouraged to speak up about pressing issues such as AIDS or, in the case of the upcoming showing, the drug industry in the United States.
“How to Make Money Selling Drugs” is directed by Matthew Cooke and features a number of interviews with people such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons and, most notably, “Freeway” Rick Ross, drug king of LA back in the 1980s. Prison employees and lobbyists are granted screen time as well, arguing whatever cases they feel necessary regarding the drug trade. The documentary is multi-faceted and explores all kinds of insight into the drug industry. It may not teach you how to sell drugs to your classmates or neighbors, but this documentary will definitely open your eyes to aspects of the drug trade in America.
REACT to FILM is open to any and all who wish to join. “There are many ways to get involved,” said Stone. “We have a media team that documents the events, a PR team that promotes the events, and a team that works on the actual event.”
“How to Make Money Selling Drugs” is free to anyone with an OU ID and is showing at the Baker University Center Theater Tuesday at 7 pm. Come with questions and be ready for an engaging, thought-provoking Q&A after the showing! Bring your friends, but leave the drugs at home.