The debut of “The Heroin Project: A Documentary” is scheduled for Sunday, May 3, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The filmmakers, SIUE graduate Ashley Seering and SIUE mass communications professor Cory Byers, have been involved with local officials, advocates, individuals and others for several years working on projects that dealt with Madison County’s growing heroin epidemic. In addition to filming meetings of the Madison County Heroin Task Force since its inception in 2014, Seering and Byers were involved in the Project DrugSMART campaign at Edwardsville High School along with Director of Alumni Steve Jankowski.
Following the screening, there will be a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. Individuals featured in the film will be on hand for the film and post-screening session. For information on the documentary, visit www.facebook.com/heroinprojectdoc.
The event is free and open to the public; seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The auditorium seats approximately 140. The screening is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Abbott Auditorium in the basement of Lovejoy Library, 30 Hairpin Drive, Room 0044.
A second free public screening is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the auditorium of the main campus, Room BCMC 2320, at Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. Filmmakers and individuals from the film also will be at this screening. For information, contact Ashley Seering at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 978-7588.
More information on Project DrugSMART, including videos, can be viewed on the Edwardsville Community Unit District 7 website at www.ecusd7.org/drugSMART/index.asp#videos or on the state’s attorney’s website at www.madco-sa.org/.