Inclusion StatementThe disease of addiction does not discriminate, ignoring race, religion, class, socio-economics, gender, as well as sexual orientation. With a female writer and a diverse cast, we will illuminate addiction’s lack of discrimination.
About The Project
The film STEPS follows the lives of 6 people throughout three decades in New York City who's lives intersect as they battle the disease of addiction and fight for their recovery.
Based on our real life experiences and those of friends and fellow addicts we met along the way, the goal of this film is to take an honest look at addiction without judgement, stereotypes, or bias. We aim to ultimately transform the conversation about this disease from one of preconceived notion to one of understanding and objectivity.
I wrote this script as a reflection of my experience as an addict and through my continued journey of sobriety. Addiction is something that I have not allowed to define me, however, has greatly shaped me. As millions of people continue to be affected by the disease, I want to share my story and the story of others in hopes of transforming the conversation about addiction.
Addiction is a disease like any other, though addicts are often treated as though it is not. We want to humanize and recatergorize this disease. Like any other illness anyone and everyone can be affected.
Substance addiction is a growing epidemic that affects over 20 million Americans every year. Recently, the number of deaths caused by drugs and alcohol have rapidly grown to record breaking numbers. In 2016, over 64,000 people died in America from drug overdoses. That amount was a 19% increase from 2015. The CDC has also recorded that, on average, 91 Americans die every day from an opoid overdose. This means the yearly number of deaths from opoids has quadrupled since 1999. Alcoholism is also growing faster each year, with an average of one in every eight people qualifying for alcohol use disorder. Substance addiction is a rising epidemic that affects addicts and their loved ones. You can go to www.recovery.org for information and resources on how to help.
With the epidemic of drug use only increasing, we hope to produce this film in order to show a true depiction into the lives of those who are suffering.
The funds raised during this campaign will go towards the production of the film. Set to take place in New York City we are commited to having an inclusive cast that covers the diversity of people suffering from addiction.
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About This Team
Cara Santana (Writer, Producer, Actor)
At fifteen years-old, Cara Santana left El Paso, Texas for California and has made Los Angeles her home ever since. As she ambitiously carves out her niche in Hollywood, she continues to pursue her other passions showing proven success as an actress, entrepreneur, and fashion blogger, making her a true triple-threat.
She was featured in Netflix Series Santa Clarita Diet and WGN’s Salem, as Sooleawa, a beautiful young Native American woman who must keep John Alden’s survival a well-guarded secret. She has also been seen in an array of films and television, from CSI and CSI:Miami to Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3.
Santana has an impressive social media following and is also involved in multiple charitable endeavors. She donates her time and efforts to organizations such as UNICEF and the Art of Elysium and is also a huge animal enthusiast who volunteers at rescues. She resides in Los Angeles.
Jesse Metcalfe (Director, Producer, Actor)
Considered one of Hollywood’s leading men, long gone are the days of Jesse Metcalfe pushing around a lawnmower on the SAG Award-winning television series, Desperate Housewives. Thanks to this breakout role as the younger forbidden lover “John Rowland” opposite Eva Longoria, Metcalfe has easily become a go-to actor in both the television and film industries.
Metcalfe is currently in the Hallmark series “Chesapeake Shores” as the male lead ‘Trace Riley,’ a former country singer with a sordid past who returns to his hometown and rekindles his love with an old flame.
Up next, Metcalfe will lead the action-packed film “The Ninth Passenger” from Lionsgate. The film follows a group of college students on a spontaneous midnight sea voyage that turns horrific when they drift to a dark island and are hunted by a mysterious ninth passenger. The film is currently slated for a 2018 release.
Born in California and raised in Waterford, Connecticut, Metcalfe played in several basketball leagues in his youth. He studied acting at NYU at the famed Tisch School of the Arts, all the while being a music lover and an accomplished guitarist and pianist. He is a fan of classic cars, motorbikes and is an avid poker player. He is also active in several charities including North Texas Food Bank, The Go Campaign, Weingart Foundation and UNICEF.
He won an award for Choice TV Breakout Performance Male at the Teen Choice Awards for his role on Desperate Housewives, as well as a nomination for Choice TV Actor in a Comedy and a SAG Award for Best Television Ensemble.
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