Press Release: Announcing Partnership with Up & Out Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2018
Contact: Conrad Weaver
Heroin’s Grip Producer Partners with Up and Out Foundation
Emmitsburg, Maryland – Documentary film maker, Conrad Weaver has partnered with the Up and Out Foundation to promote and distribute his new film, Heroin’s Grip.
Weaver has been working with Korey Shorb, founder of the Up and Out Foundation and now Executive Director of The Ranch, and Events Coordinator, Sean Nicholson developing a strategy for not only promoting the film, but also helping with production by connecting with people who are willing to tell their stories for the documentary. Weaver feels this partnership with Up and Out Foundation will also provide the support needed to raise awareness of this growing epidemic. “I am not directly connected to people who are using these drugs, or who have been impacted by them. Shorb and Nicholson are in the trenches everyday working to help people in need of recovery. They know what’s going on, and that’s why I’m excited to partner with them,” states Weaver.
Heroin’s Grip focuses on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Frederick County, Maryland and will feature stories from all aspects of the issue, from current users to law enforcement, as well as families who’ve lost their loved ones to addiction. Weaver states, “Our goal is to produce a film that will educate the viewer who may not be directly connected to the issue; we plan on using the film as a teaching tool to rally the community to help solve this epidemic!” Weaver plans on completing the film in time for a premiere event in Frederick this coming September, which is National Recovery Month. The film will also be submitted to film festivals around the country.
One of the initial tasks the Up and Out Foundation is helping with is seeking organizations and community businesses to get on board as sponsors for the film. After raising $12,000 through crowd funding, Weaver and his team are needing to raise an additional $50,000 in order to complete the film and cover the costs of production, editing, marketing, and distribution. The Second Street & Hope organization recently made a $5,000 donation and promised another $10,000 if two other organizations can match it. All contributions are tax-deductible and individuals can make a private donation on the film’s web site.
Conrad Weaver is president and owner of ConjoStudios, LLC, a full service, award-winning video production company based in Emmitsburg, MD. In 2015 Weaver was awarded a Mid-America EMMY© Award for his feature documentary, The Great American Wheat Harvest. For more information about ConjoStudios, visit www.conjostudios.com
Conrad Weaver (center) with Korey Shorb (L) and Sean Nickolson (R) of the Up and Out Foundation. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Up and Out FoundationProduction Screen Grabs