Please help us create community for artists who face addiction and champion creative expression in recovery.

The Creative High A Project of Documentaries

"Creativity is a drug I cannot live without." – Cecil B. DeMille

SYNOPSIS

The Creative High brings to light the relationship between addiction and artistic expression. Tapping into the vibrant lives of musicians, performers, visual artists and delving into art subcultures, The Creative High showcases artists in recovery. Exploring the human condition through people who have experienced deep loss and disorientation due to addiction, The Creative High tells stories that engender wisdom and hope. Illustrated by art making and artist perspectives, The Creative High will be a testament to the necessity of art while demonstrating the chaotic and passionate nature of creativity.

NEED AND IMPACT

By raising money we can continue to produce this film and offer hope to artists who are currently in grips of addiction. The Creative High will also benefit artists in recovery who have different needs than non-artists. In addition, this film could provide information to future artists helping them avoid addictive cycles in conjunction with their artistic expression. All of us know, or have heard stories about artists who have had their lives adversely affected and even destroyed by addiction. There has been very little discussion in the public about this issue, what can be done about it, and how it can be avoided. Donations to The Creative High will be helping herald an important discussion about art and addiction. The Creative High showcases artistic role models who have made the passage to the other side of addiction to give hope to those who are still in the throes of addiction. In pursuing artists to film, we have encountered an overwhelming response from artists who are willing to speak openly about their addictions and their creative process. In light of the stigma that still exists around addiction, the willingness of these artists to speak on camera is in itself a powerful statement.

A FEW ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

Jason Bernhardt, a San Francisco native was in and out of recovery until his late 30's. Growing up with an alcoholic mother who died from cancer while he was young, Jason used drugs and alcohol to manage the loss. He was a musician while active in his addiction, but now in recovery for 9 years, Jason makes stone sculptures in his warehouse studio to maintain his peace of mind and find inspiration.

Peter Griggs, aka U-Phoria, a drag performer and theater artist, actively performs in venues throughout San Francisco maintaining 15 years in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Peter was adopted and comes from Native American and African American descent. He found theater at a young age which helped him survive his battle with drugs, homelessness and an AIDS diagnosis. Griggs is dedicated to being of service in his LGBT community through his performance work, and organizes fundraisers to help individuals and organizations that promote recovery.

Painter and retired librarian Kathy Page describes how she discovered art in recovery, "As I came into recovery and started to have access to my life again, color started seeping in". Kathy developed her art after being sober for over ten years, as it enhanced her spiritual life and gave her a new language to express her emotions and memories. Kathy inspires others to create and also brings great wisdom as a recovery mentor in her 12-step community.

Brandon Michael Randle, uses the stage name 'Dopeless'. He is a hip hop musician who raps about his struggle with drug addiction and the freedom of recovery. Brandon grew up with a single mother, his father abandoning them when he was young. Brandon's day job is at Panda Express, but he is a tireless promoter of his music. He works hard to bring hope and inspiration to his fans through his lyrics and his beats using his recovery journey as a platform which offers a different message in this music genre.

DIRECTOR BIO

Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT, has been involved in the arts for over twenty five years as a filmmaker, exhibiting visual artist, movement educator, Argentine tango dancer, arts curator and healing artist. Marchione brings her extensive experience as expressive arts therapist and educator to this film project. She was awarded Artist of the Year in 2016 by In Recovery magazine. Marchione has worked with clients and students for close to 20 years witnessing artists from different backgrounds and orientations wrestle with their addictions – to alcohol, drugs, sex, work, food and dysfunctional relationships. She has presented at international conferences for expressive arts, drama therapy and related fields, and spearheaded many noteworthy projects and programs including the Arts at CIIS Program at California Institute of Integral Studies where she was art curator and director from 2002-2009. Marchione is a popular educator influenced by her position as core faculty member of the Tamalpa Institute, an internationally renowned training center for movement-based expressive arts education. She created When the Fall Comes in 2013, a performance project that culminated in a film based on her own life story encountering intimate grief and loss. When the Fall Comes garnered a significant audience and toured festivals around the world. She has been active in her own recovery from alcoholism since 1993.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

"Through art-making, The Creative High illustrates the emotional depth and search for meaning that accompanies the struggle to recover from addiction. We need artistic role models who have made the passage to the other side of addiction to give hope to those who are still in the throes of addiction. The Creative High delves into the addict's challenge to maintain equilibrium before and after recovery, and showcase the ways that art can be a guidepost. I have witnessed the creative process expand in recovery as well as diminish, experienced the dependence on the addiction as a muse that fuels a continued well-spring of altered art-making, and been awed by the abundant inspiration that art produces – allowing a 'high' to reveal itself through the sheer presence and attention to the present moment." - Adriana Marchione

FUNDING CATEGORIES FOR DONATIONS

We are grateful for each donation of any amount towards our fundraising goal. If you are able to offer a larger donation to champion The Creative High film project, here are the categories for funders:

The Creative High Donation Opportunities for Individuals and Businesses

$250

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / Invites to Private Film Events

$500

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / Invites to Private Film Events

$1000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / Invites to Private Film Events / Rolling Film Credit

$2500

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / VIP Seats to Private Screenings / Rolling Film Credit

$5000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction/ VIP Seats to Private Screenings/ Screen Pause in a group on the Film Credits

$10,000

Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / VIP Seats to Private Screenings / Screen Pause that shows your name on an entire screen in the film credits / Film Screening with Director's Q&A at your home or organization

$20,000

Associate Producer Credit / Be an advocate in the fight for artistic expression and recovery from addiction / VIP Seats to Private Screenings / Screen Pause that shows your name on an entire screen in the film credits / Film Screening with Director's Q&A at your home or organization

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Adriana Marchione at adriana@creativesourcesf.com or 415-505-6764

Film Website: www.thecreativehigh.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCreativeHigh/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecreativehigh


The Creative High is a non profit entity fiscally sponsored by From the Heart Productions, a 501c3 (EIN 95-4445418). www.fromtheheartproductions.com.




$8,908 Raised
44% towards $20,000 Goal

Supported by 107 Donations:

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  • Dawn T.
    I Gave $25
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  • Sue L.
    I Gave $100
  • Dietmar B.
    I Gave $25
    <3
  • Judith D.
    I Gave $50
    So important to support the creative process.
  • Steve K.
  • mitchell r.
    I Gave $25
    Love you and what you do!!
  • Janr T.
    I Gave $100
    GO, ADRIANA, !! I am so proud of you for the good work you are doing! Grandma, grandpa and your dad would be beaming with pride!
  • steven  m.
    I Gave $50
  • Kim W.
    I Gave $25
    Wish it could be more.
  • Dan C.
    I Gave $25
  • Jennifer L.
    I Gave $25
    Wow Adriana... fantastic project! You inspire me and I wish you all the best from over here in Australia with finishing this important film!
  • Mary Ellen D.
  • Anudeva S.
    I Gave $100
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  • Jill L.
    I Gave $25
    Wonderful work. The promotional film is compelling. Says great things about the film!
  • George B.
    I Gave $100
    You are amazing and doing great things!!
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  • Jaime L.
    I Gave $75
    Make it, Jude.
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    Anonymous
    Wonderful that you have a donor who is making this challenge 'grant" possible!
  • Alecia S.
    I Gave $20
    Such Amazing important creative work!
  • Karen R.
    I Gave $100
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    I Gave $25
  • Patricia O.
    I would be so deeply disappointed if this film were not made. I very much believe in you and this project.
  • Kimberly A.
    I Gave $25
    Art heals..... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Josh H.
    I Gave $25
    35 years in recovery...one day at a time...one donation at a time
  • cory r.
    I Gave $100
    I have great confidence in Adriana and see this as an important, critical topic. Thank you for bringing it to light!
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    I Gave $100
    Here's a yes on a day that brought a No