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When was the film made?
The film was made from Dec 1995 to Dec 1997. Originally the film was supposed to be for one year but I believe when HBO picked up the film they wanted two years.
How were you picked for the film?
Steven met a bunch of different people at the youth needle exchange. He wanted subjects that were slightly younger than me. He filmed a few other people that never made it into the final film
Were you paid for the film?
No. I was not paid for the film. he bought me a hotel to stay in for a week and bought me lunch a few times. I think they left some money for me when I was in jail too. Documentary film makers, in general, don't pay their subjects.
Was I friends with the other people from the film?
Sort of. I never knew Alice. I met Oreo when he was 15 or 16. He was VERY young when the film was made. His mom used to work the desk in one of the hotels I lived in. Jake and I used to hang out. At one point he had a crush on me. It wasn't covered in the film but Jake really liked women. He used to make a ton of money as a male prostitute but he liked women. The drugs had him all messed up. When he got clean, he had a long-term girlfriend.
Why didn't they mention in the film that you were off drugs?
I was off drugs when the film came out but not when the film was finished. The story of my recovery was not the story Steven filmed. We were at odds at one point about this but I've come to accept it.
What happened to you when the film came out?
Honestly, I was very confused and angry. I had no privacy. NONE. People would stop me everywhere I went. I was very early in recovery which was already confusing to me. Now, I use the legacy of the film as a tool to spread hope. Anyone can get clean. anyone- even me.
What do I think of the film?
Honestly, I feel it is one of the best films about drug addiction ever made
What do my family and husband think of the film?
My mom never saw it. All she cared about was me being off drugs. I think the rest are proud of me now.
Do I stay in contact with the people from the film?
Most of them are dead. Alice and I have emailed each other. Oreo wants to live a private life. I see "Jessica" from time to time. She NEVER goes by that name. She also like to remain anonymous. If you came to SF and were asking around for "Jessica" you would never find her. She is clean and doing well.
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