Money Shots

Money Shots
Richard Burnett

Five original Longshots participants reunite
photo: Liam Maloney, courtesy NFB

The camera zooms in on 19-year-old Montreal street kid Carrie shooting up. Then the documentary cuts to present-day Carrie, 32, who lost custody of her children because of her heroin addiction and an abusive partner. Today Carrie’s clean, has a 9-to-5 job and says happily, "I go to work, come home to sleep, and then I go to work again."

Then Carrie cracks, "It sucks being an adult."

Carrie was one of several Montreal street kids profiled in the award-winning 1994 doc Longshots by Montreal filmmakers David Finch and Maureen Marovitch, who pioneered the "Longshot workshop" to teach video making to street youth. Thirteen years later, Finch and Marovitch revisit the former street kids to help empower a new generation of Montreal street kids in the just-released doc Still Longshots.

Still Longshots follows four at-risk youths aged 19 to 23 taking a similar video-making workshop. Making videos about their lives becomes a creative healing process, especially when they meet and spend a weekend with the former street kids from the original Longshots. What happens next is surprising and disturbing as parallels emerge between the old and new groups. Is there hope for the younger generation?

Find out when Still Longshots premieres

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at the NFB Cinema (1564 St-Denis) on May 18 at 7 p.m. with the filmmakers and some cast members in attendance for a Q&A session. There will also be live music by the band Puff and The Pillpoppers, who recorded the soundtrack. Then Still Longshots airs on Global TV’s Global Currents, March 19 at 7 p.m.


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