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Foo-Foo Dust

by Gina Levy and Eric Johnson

A Mother. A Son. Crack. Heroin. A Tale of Love and Addiction.

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The award-winning "Foo-Foo Dust" explores the relationship between a crack-addicted prostitute and her junkie son living together in one room in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. The film invites the audience to witness a disturbing and intimate portrait of the destructive power of drug addiction, including a crack-induced fit and near-fatal heroin overdose. But what makes the film so powerful is its moving, poignant look at the intense love between a mother and her son living on the edge of society.

quoteI use 'Foo-Foo Dust' as part of our pre-trial cognitive restructuring program and victim impact classes. The film is very sobering, graphic and impactful. It gives individuals a powerful reality check about life choices and the high cost of drug addiction.
Kaye Saxon, Education Coordinator, Mat Su Pre-trial Facility, Palmer, Alaska

quotePhenomenally powerful and riveting! I worked for years with addicts in treatment settings, but before viewing 'Foo-Foo Dust' I never saw the day-to-day horrors of addiction first hand. I use the film in my couseling courses as it gives my students a window into that world.
Dr. Lee Stein,Human Services Department, Maui Community College

quoteI have never seen addiction captured so well as in the documentary "Foo-Foo Dust" about a mother and son entwined not only by relationship but also by drugs.
Al Martinez
Los Angeles Times

quoteYou would be hard-pressed to find a more frightening and candid account of drug addiction than Gina Levy and Eric Johnson's 37-minute Foo-Foo Dust , in which their unblinking camera bears witness to the psychic devastation of mother-and-son crack addicts. The film is shocking, yet the audience is never less than riveted by the real-life story that unfolds on the screen.
Cleveland Free Times

quoteNo film has ever captured the ugly sadness of drug addicts lives better than Foo-Foo Dust, a profoundly disturbing portrait of crack-addicted middle-aged prostitute and her heroin addict son.
Filmmaker Magazine

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  • Best Documentary Short, Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, AFI-Silverdocs Film Festival
  • Short-listed, Academy Award in Documentary Shorts Category
  • Nominee, IDA Documentary Achievement Award
  • Offical Selection, Sundance Film Festival
  • Offical Selection, Florida Film Festival
  • Offical Selection, Bilbao Film Festival
  • Offical Selection, Palm Springs Film Festival
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