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Still Longshots

Still Longshots

| 52 min

This documentary demonstrates the transformative power of video through the stories of four at-risk youths. These young people have issues ranging from addiction to a life spent on the street, or in foster homes. In learning to make videos about their lives, they've discovered a creative outlet that allows them to heal.

The group completes their experience by spending a weekend with a group of former street kids who did a similar workshop a decade earlier. Now in their 30s, they share their stories with their younger counterparts. Surprising, and often disturbing, parallels emerge between the two groups, along with glimmers of hope for the youth.

  • director
    David Finch
    Maureen Marovitch
  • writer
    Maureen Marovitch
  • director of photography
    Rénald Bellemare
    Bill Kerrigan
  • picture editor
    Denise Beaudoin
  • producer
    Dan Emery
    David Finch
    Germaine Ying Gee Wong
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner
    Ravida Din
  • associate producer
    Aisling Chin-Yee
  • production manager
    Andrea Feder
  • additional camera
    Nathalie Lasselin
    Jon Deitcher
    David Finch
  • sound recordist
    Kyle Stanfield
    Jean-Denis Daoust
    David Finch
  • production assistant
    Yves Plante
    Marek Bagga
    Sia Koukoulas
    Miya Kondo
  • post-production supervisor
    David Oxilia
  • post-production coordinator
    Linda Payette
  • online editor
    David Oxilia
  • special effects editor
    Jon Deitcher
  • musical score
    Martin Tétreault
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • sound design
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • sound mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • post-production sound studio
    Audio Postproduction SPR Inc.
  • SPR voice talent coordination
    Laurence Corman
  • SPR voice recording
    Benoit Duquette
  • digital imaging
    Louise Overy
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • logging
    Yves Plante
  • digitizing
    Yves Plante
  • digital editing technician
    Ariel Santana
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Ochelle Greenidge
  • transcriber
    Gabrielle Pépin
    Marie Dietlin
    Jimmy Medellin
    Isolde Legare
  • production accountant
    Arline Sabbah
  • production administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • translator
    Isolde Legare
  • legal
    Sam Coppola
    Joseph Sisto
    Remy Khouzam
  • production consultant
    Ina Fichman
  • still photographer
    Liam Maloney
  • workshop participant
    Édith Bergeron
    Marie-Michelle Bergeron
    René Bouffard
    Beat (Brian) Chamberland
    David Déraspe
    Marie-Lou Fréchette
    Jannick Morency
    Dave Zakal
  • workshop leader
    Didier Berry
    Christian Durand
    Korbett Matthews
  • participant
    Victor Derry
    Scott Ellis
    Jeanette Embury
    Luc Essiambre
    Harmony Hubert
    Carrie Munshaw
    Randy Rosenberg


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Ages 16 to 18

Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Health/Personal Development - Substance Use and Abuse/Addiction
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

Warning: Intravenous drug use, drug use, swearing (fuck). This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and entry points for developing deeper understandings of at-risk youth and media production as an outlet. How can media production be a tool that uplifts at-risk youth and creates pathways towards a more hopeful and healthy future? Why is it essential to have a long-term continuum of social support for at-risk youth rather than short-term initiatives? What social programs or initiatives are currently available to inspire hope and opportunity for at-risk youth in urban areas? How can learning people’s backstory create deeper understanding of the negative social impacts that they may face? Can learning the backstory of individuals and groups increase empathy and action towards social programming that encourage resilience and hope? What is a cycle of abandonment and how can this cycle be broken? Does the lure of material wealth encourage at-risk youth to partake in illicit money-making ventures? What is the correlation between children in foster care and at-risk homeless youth? 

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