The Film Team
Jenny Mackenzie, Ph.D. is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose mission is to produce films that promote social change. Her films include KICK LIKE A GIRL, WHERE’S HERBIE? SUGAR BABIES, LEAD WITH LOVE & DYING IN VEIN, THE OPIATE GEBERATION. Her films have aired on top broadcast channels such as HBO, won numerous awards at various international film festivals, and are currently being used by the US State Department to discuss public health and social justice issues around the globe. She has worked collaboratively with the Utah Film Center for over 12 years, under the leadership of her friend, mentor and producer Geralyn White Dreyfous. Jenny received a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Geralyn Dreyfous, Executive Producer
Geralyn White Dreyfous's independent executive producing and producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day My God Died; and multiple film festivals winners such as Kick Like a Girl, In A Dream, Dhamma Brothers, Project Kashmir, Miss Representation, Connected, The Invisible War, The Crash Reel and The Square. Her works in production include: Wait for Me, All Eyes and Ears, One In A Billion, In Football We Trust, Barney Frank's Last Year, and Sugar Babies. The Square was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Geralyn was honored by the International Documentary Association with the Amicus Award in 2013 for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking.
Torben Bernhard, Editor& Cinematographer
Torben is an award-winning editor, cinematographer, and director. He has directed and produced several critically-acclaimed short and feature documentaries that have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Upworthy, People Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more.
Regina Scully, Executive Producer
Regina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting Media, Education and the Arts that transform our culture. Ms. Scully is a three-time Emmy Award-winning and Academy-nominated producer. She has produced upwards of one hundred documentary films, shining a light on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.
Tracy McKnight, Music Supervisor
Tracy McKnight has earned a place in the entertainment industry as a highly sought after music supervisor and creative executive. While she spends most of her time working on big productions like The Hunger Games and Bad Santa 2, she also finds time for her “passion projects” like Dying in Vein.
Jorden Saxton Hackney, Outreach Coordinator
After loosing her brother to a heroin overdose in 2014, Jorden began to immerse herself in education and activism on substance abuse. After working for a wilderness therapy program for a year, she started as the outreach coordinator for the film Dying in Vein. She hopes to honor her brother’s life by working with and advocating for individuals like him.
The people who shared their stories
After being given Oxycontin at a high school party, Maddy was introduced to heroin at the age of 16. She smoked heroin for two years before shooting up for the first time at 18. Maddy hopes that her story will prevent others from going down the same path. She now works full-time in recovery services, sponsors several young women in recovery, and has been drug free for almost 2 years.
After several tough losses at a young age, Page began using pills, smoking pot, and trying other drugs. She became addicted to heroin quickly and spent much of her early adulthood in and out of jail, treatment programs and even living on the streets. After receiving a scholarship a long-term treatment program, Page got clean. She has a passion for animals, and works full time as a dog groomer. Page has been drug free for almost 2 years.
Chase became addicted to heroin after experimenting with prescription pain pills. He and his family battled his addiction and the demons for years. Chase died of an accidental overdose in February, 2014. His family struggles to process his death and find meaning in what remains.
Matt started experimenting with drugs in high school, and began abusing prescription opiates at 15. As a freshman in college, Matt became addicted to heroin, and was arrested at the age of 20. Matt went from jail to a rehabilitation program, and works full time at the same program where he was in treatment. Matt has been sober for over 5 years.
Losing her brother 20 years ago to a heroin overdose, inspired this pediatric ER physician to start “Utah Naloxone”. Through her grassroots advocacy, she, and her brother Sam are advocating for more education, awareness, and access to this lifesaving drug.
Through community outreach and engagement, we hope that Dying in Vein will bring awareness and understanding to this deadly public health crisis. By breaking down stigmas and misconceptions, and bringing addiction out of the closet, more people will have access to the resources they need to get well. In 2017 we hope to have screened in over 100 communities across the United States.
Talk about addiction. It’s a disease.