Life Binder is a film about friendship, forgiveness, and recovery. Over the past five years, I have grown increasingly interested in neuroscience, and in how chemical brain balance affects our view of the world.
What emotions cause which chemicals to be released? How is the brain affected by drugs? How does the brain create memories? Without me knowing it, all my research had a bigger purpose.
In 2016, a childhood friend died of a drug overdose. I decided to write a screen play that applies all the neuroscience information I learned to help emulate experiences of drug abuse and recovery in order to prepare and inspire viewers to reflect on their own interaction with drugs and drug abuse recovery.
Some of the biggest lessons I learned in my life came from scenes in movies. In the film, Life Binder, we watch our protagonist, Blaire, experience an awakening as Guy, the antagonist, has a coming-of-age revelation. The story is told using strong themes of drug use and abuse.
The goal of the film is to create a positive impact on the audience by telling a story that sheds light on the struggle of addiction in a relatable way. In doing so, we hope to break the stigma surrounding this disease.
- Sara Bess