To the Editor:
I had the good fortune to be in the audience at the encore presentation of ‘As We Are’ at the Kezar Falls Theater on November 12. Within its run time of ten minutes, the film, which explores the complexities of substance misuse, connected me with characters through a simple but evocative narrative that had me in tears.

I was moved by the portrayal of desperation, confusion, and compassion—especially the huge impact that small acts of compassion can have on people who may not be accustomed to being seen and valued. It’s a wonderful film and I encourage all of your readers to give it a watch online at

The young people from the Smooth Feather Youth program, and their mentor Silas Haggerty, did an amazing job telling this story. Thanks to Journey Magazine and the Sacopee Valley Health Center, more people were able to see and be impacted by it at the encore presentation. The panel discussion after the film was every bit as important as the film itself, and I deeply appreciate the people who shared their recovery stories and perspectives on why this short film has such important messages to share. It was great to hear from the inspiring young people behind the film too!

Brendan Schauffler
Network Facilitator

Healthy Oxford Hills


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