Doc Movie Kids Addicts Leave Behind

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Hi, my name is LaTia McNeely-Sandiford, most people know me as The Adversity Expert. I am a surviving child of heroin addicts.  My mother died when I was 9 and my father has been active in his addiction, not active in my life.  Growing up in Jersey City, I couldn't see success in my environment, BUT I knew I wanted it.  My journey was rough. Most kids who grow up like me don't achieve my success.  My book tells my story, but this documentary will tell the stories of others whose outcomes aren't so bright.  I plan to take you into the world of addiction in a way that few has ever spoken of -- through the eyes of surviving children left behind.  

Why?  Minority youth make up an overwhelming number of today's incarcerated population, gang involvement, low graduation rates, teen age pregnancy and low success.  Many of these children are victims of generational poverty onset by generational addiction.   Simply stated, these kids are at a great disadvantage from early on.  This is an oppressive epidemic in our society and we need to bring it to national attention in order to hope for intervention.

The challenges of growing up without functional parents severely impacted my life. At 13, I had my first child and soon after another. I've endured relationships where I was battered, abused and broken -- BUT my desire to succeed never wavered.   However, for many they can't begin to envision success, because the present is so damning it makes success seem impossible. 

Despite the turmoil in my personal life and the dysfunction of my environment, I continued to educate myself. Eventually, I graduated high school, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City State College and ultimately received my Master's degree from Rutger's University. Although I had reached success (by societal standards), I still suffered from the long-term effects of my family's drug addiction.

The movie for which I am seeking funding is Burdens in My Backpack: Inside the Lion's Den, a documentary film that will expose the experiences of the children living amongst poverty and addiction, while inspiring them to do better. The movie will document my story and others like me who often bear the heaviest burdens. This documentary is intended to educate those who are oblivious to inner city life, initiate conversation, inspire inner city families and induce social change to create better outcomes for youth in the inner city.

We are attempting to meet the submission deadline for the Sundance Film Festival in the summer of 2017. This documentary is going to change the way we look at addiction, put an emphasis on the children of addiction and give hope to those living day to day trying to avoid the perils of their environments.

Until 2010, when I started my own business, I'd spent 20 years of my life as a Social Worker, advocating for families and youth in urban areas. I now own Lions Vision Productions, a small NJ based multimedia production company that produces events, women's entrepreneurial initiatives and non-fiction media that educates, inspires, motivates and empowers others. We tell the stories no one wants to tell, but everyone wants to watch. 

Having been featured on New Jersey FIOS Push Pause in 2016, winning the 2015 Woman of Prominence Award, 2015 Best of the Best Award and New Jersey's 2014 Woman of Excellence for Entrepreneurship, I want to produce the best movie possible, but I need your help.  If you know an addict, are a family member of an addict or may be an addict (or recovering addict), this project can bring awareness to your journey. 

Please partner with me to bring a real problem to the forefront. 

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Thank God! We're back in production! Addiction is something that affects many families. Personally, I've lost almost my entire family to addiction including my mom. Please donate to production of the movie that will bring awareness to the kids left behind when addiction strikes.
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Losing my mother at 9 to a heroin addiction traumatized me, but I made it through. However, there are many kids of addicts who can't find their way. Please donate to the making of this movie, Inside the Lions' Den, the Kids addicts leave behind.
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$1 and a Dream is all you need is what NJ Lottery says,... Please help me my donating $1 so future children can have a dream. Please help in the production of my new movie, Burdens in My Backpack, Inside the Lions' Den. Let's give children of addicts a voice, a face and hopefully a positive outcome. Please donate now to my campaign
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If you're like me, then you've lost a lot to addiction. I'm a child of heroin addicts. My mother died while my father cried and I was left to figure it out. I'm not the only one. There is an entire generation like me. If you've been impacted by addiction, or know someone who has, I ask you for $1.00 to help the production of my documentary movie, Inside the Lions' Den - The kids that addicts leave behind. It's important.

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Raised by 2 people in 65 months
Created April 15, 2013
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42 months ago
Naima Lynah
42 months ago

This has been my pleasure to help.

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