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January 18, 2008

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Thanks for the review. It does sound like the film would be more successful artistically and ethically if it hadn't been specifically targeting Happy Valley. The marketing poster is so explicitly Utah Valley that it's odd the Utah Valley aspect ends up being--from what it sounds--incidental to the main issue of drug abuse. Other than trying to specifically draw Mormons to this particular issue, I have to wonder why the film was marketed as it was (and if it's another example of Mormonsploitation). Perhaps that's justification enough? To draw Mormons to this issue?

Dear Mr. Burton,

I was forwarded your blog by a student at BYU. It is about the movie that I made, Happy Valley, at the LDS Film Festival. I was touched that the next morning you created such a beautiful experience with your son. I also acknowledge you as a Bishop for your faith and commitment to church service.

Realizing that I am one of the film makers, I may be “too close” to the movie to give an objective response. On the other hand, being too close may not be such a bad thing. Having endured all of the hands-on interaction with so many good families devastated from drug abuse, I can speak from a place of experience, not just spiritual, but emotional, financial, physical and whatever else that was left in me. I saw death, theft, deception, transformation, depression, hopelessness and even spiritual awakenings. These are your neighbors and mine from Ogden to Provo. This would also be a good time to clarify your unethical mix of words. I noticed how you often used the word “Utahn” as if it was synonymous with the word “Mormon.” Interesting that you hear “Mormon”, when you hear “Utahn”, when we all know there are approximately one million non-Mormons living in our state who are also God’s children, alive and well. Having experienced the making of this movie, I would be nothing more than a hypocrite to go and bury my head in the sand and be in denial. I was moved that you created a conversation with your son the morning after viewing the movie. Let me say I am not perfect, and have my own “Jello” issues in life to bear. But like you, I am a member of the church, believing in Christ, and that is my “come from” in this letter.

In addition to that, I am a CEO and Chairman of a worldwide publicly-traded company in. I have paid for this movie myself. Yet the proceeds of this movie are going to willing participants in this great state (Mormon or non-Mormon) for addiction recovery. I was taken by your blog that left me feeling that non-Mormons hardly exist.

If there is anything I have learned it is the importance of truth. You reference that our statewide anti-depressant problem is more of an issue of admittance than it is denial. How then do you explain the fact that we top the national average in suicide in every age group? Or, are we just more honest in our resolve to take our own lives here in Utah? The last thing we need is another “spin” in the name of denial. In times past, I have run my own business disconnected from the facts and have paid for it. But where lives are at stake, your damage control is unacceptable and unethical, and it falls into the reason we why made this movie… denial. You make reference that the characters in the movie are mainly from Salt Lake County and not Utah County, when four out of the five main characters, live right here in Utah County (Danny, Nancy, Chris “Greg” and Macall.) The Sorich family lives in Salt Lake. The other two stories referenced, the Berger’s and the Ballinghams live in either Salt Lake City or Ogden, by design. Yet, in the same breath, you freely admit that seven of your son’s classmates here in Utah County have recently died from drug overdoses. Confusing.

These are real children of God, your brothers and sisters and mine. Members of the church, non-members of the church, active and inactive, they are all children of God. I choose to connect to the facts for what they are and take responsibility. What happens to them, member or not, happens to me.

The comments you made about the producer who happens to be a Bishop like you, I want to clarify, has NEVER used that title in making this movie. He could have been an Atheist and created the same results. I chose, Thursday night (in the context of the LDS Film Festival) to refer to him as ‘Bishop’ because the ward in which he resides over filled the first eight rows of the theater. They were so proud of his contributions to the movie and his contributions to the community, to both members and non-members. I find it interesting that you have quickly jumped to a high and mighty judgment of this great man without knowing the facts. If you are going to blame anyone for referring to him as ‘Bishop’ that night, blame me, not him. I am like you; I don’t believe that a temple recommend is a legal form of I.D. at Costco.

Another observation, you say the movie takes “cheap shots” at the church, and that it critiques Mormons (again, you’re confusing Utahns with Mormons) when we have a non-Mormon in the beginning of the movie say that he loves the values of the LDS religion. Isn’t it funny how sometimes we only hear what we want to? The movie also says specifically, and I quote, “this is not a church problem.” Maybe you were out buying popcorn during that part. You give a specific quote that the movie says “Mormons need to look in the mirror more and not looking through the windows at other people”, but as it is stated in the movie, one recovering addict (who has every right to state his opinion) says “People in this state need to start looking in the mirror, and stop looking through the windows.” Funny how you mislead the readers into thinking this was a comment about Mormons, and away from the truth.

What was I supposed to do, whenever we used the words “Utahns”? Follow it with “except Mormons”? That would be unethical. Actually, it would be the big elephant in this chat room. A lie. I choose to live in Utah. I love raising my family in our high morals, principles and values. I am only suggesting that we root them in reality. Truth. How can we take full responsibility when we are in denial? Truth is very empowering. Weren’t we warned in the scriptures that all is not well in Zion? My experience in making this movie was that we are screaming for openness in communication… help, support, acceptance, unconditional love, and ultimately, forgiveness.

Whatever your interpretation of the movie was, especially in referring to it as unethical, it is a movie about these things, namely unconditional love and forgiveness. You may recall, at the Q and A session after the movie, when I said we still had 40 plus hours of footage of other families that we couldn’t squeeze in. I also said that as a viewer, you may or may not agree with each of the real life characters and their opinions. But who are we to judge? I continued by saying that addiction indiscriminately crosses all boundaries of race, religion, economic status, gender, and age. We purposely put people of ALL walks of life in this movie… Mormons, non-Mormons, black, white, young, old, rich, poor, etc… basically, citizens of Utah. But what I hear you saying is something different. I hear you scarcely defending our beliefs in the context of Mormon citizens. Aren’t our beliefs in the gospel those of love and abundance, not fear, scarcity and defense?

Happy Valley was the number one grossing movie at this festival. Maybe perhaps there was a reason for that. Rather than unethical, the number one feedback we get is that it is real and honest, and not oozing with too much idealism. Or more so, people struggling with addiction are searching for more than therapy in, or out of church. They are looking for that bridge of acceptance. Each of us has an opportunity to put our arms around them. These are usually good people that just have bad habits.

I was clear in the Q and A that it is next to impossible to conquer addiction without prayer and spiritual intervention. So why did I write this comment to your blog? To say again, that it is not a church issue. Cultural issue? Debatable. But who am I to spend my time judging, when I have hands to help? Like you, I am just one person. Yet, even through small things, one person can change the world everyday. So, Mr. Burton, I respect you as a brother, and I am sure you are a great man and leader. I feel uncomfortable repeating your high and mighty words, but I forgive you for your untrue play on words and I sense that your intentions are good.

I prayed before writing this letter that I don’t come across high and mighty with the need to be right. Maybe there are imperfections in the movie, just like there are imperfections in you and me. And maybe in the Mormon cinema, we are talking to each other too much. Most of the accounts of Jesus were him riding his donkey to reach out and touch non-believers. This is not a Mormon movie. This is a movie for all of God’s children, so whether it is being shown at the LDS Film Festival or in another global location, the reviews indicate that it is a spiritual experience in the context of addiction in the state of Utah, and NOT a movie about ‘Mormon addictions’. We have privately screened this film is five countries, to nearly 5,000 people in all walks of life. We have polled audiences in each area and asked them to rate the movie on a scale of 1-10. Approximately 97 out of 100 people give it a 10. I invite you any time to come and see these survey sheets, physically. Thank you for doing what you do, and recommending our film. We are Mormon filmmakers, heeding a calling outside of our own, to reach out indiscriminately, hoping to create spiritual awakenings, looking for more spiritual experiences and less cultural experiences. We are happy to announce also, Happy Valley’s PG-13 rating, due to subject matter only. Currently, we are even rearranging our busy schedules as we have been asked by high profile government officials (who are keenly aware of the state-wide facts) to tour the whole state of Utah from high profile government officials (who are keenly aware of the state-wide facts) with a message of health, hope, and Happy Valley. It will truly be a labor of love. Even Mark Shurtleff, Utah State Attorney General said, “Happy Valley is a must-see, honest experience.”

All in all, we did this movie to give people in our great state a reason to start talking openly… a way to start expressing themselves, rather than mute their feelings with anti-depressants, prescription or street drugs, or even suicide.

I hope you don’t feel like this letter is confrontational, but rather it is in keeping with our commitment of truth and openness from the beginning of the making of this film. Your posting of this blog is symbolic of our commitments to openness, truth, communication, and even our own imperfections. Case and point, you created a conversation with your son, and we opened communication through this blog. God bless you.


With Love,

Ron Williams,
Director of Happy Valley
www.ronwilliams.org


P.S. For those who don’t understand the play on Jello in the movie, the movie points out that we all have many positive statistics in Utah, so much so, we even lead the nation in Jello consumption. So the phrase “What’s in your Jello” is another way of asking “what is your cross to bear?” or, “what conversations are you having, or not having?” Addiction goes beyond drugs. You can be addicted to many things, i.e. food, money, porn, control, drama, emotions, gambling, steroids… it was meant to be fun, and has been so far. Recently, at American Fork high school, a young 13-year-old boy cried as he was touched by Happy Valley. He stood up and addressed the whole audience in the Q and A after the movie and said, “I love this movie, and I want to ask the audience one thing… what’s in your Jello?” Also interesting to note, how Jello always comes in a particular mold. I submit to you, that we are all so different from each other, different shapes, sizes, likes, dislikes, talents. It is ok to be different… it’s called INDIVIDUALITY. We don’t need to shape ourselves into an ‘accepted mold’. It is time we put more focus on ‘being’ as much or more so than we do on ‘doing.’ But in the end, we are equally beautiful, glorious and godlike, we just all sometimes forget.

These opinions are those of Ron Williams, and may or may not be the opinions of others involved in the making of Happy Valley.

Ron,

I appreciate your explaining your perspective. I haven't seen the film (I live in Seattle), but I will keep those points in mind if I ever do see it. I do think you're being a little touchy about Gideon's comment. It appears that some aspects of the film didn't come across as clearly as you would have wished them to ("it's about Utah, not just Mormons"). Well, okay. Maybe that means you'll be a little more explicit when you do show the film in schools, etc. It's difficult with a labor of love to see it criticized--but it's also not fair to Gideon to slam him with remarks about his "unethical mix of words" (he only said "Utahn" twice, not "often"[1], and in one case it was clearly _not_ synonymous with "Mormon") and accusations of bias ("Isn’t it funny how sometimes we only hear what we want to?"). He's speaking as a film critic, which means looking at technical details of execution, acknowledging them, and maybe liking the film in spite of its little flaws. I think Gideon's final words intentionally parallel how we should view our suffering friends:

"So I want to forgive what I see as some ethical lapses in the film. Repairing lives is messy, and everyone of good will is needed in the battle. People should see Happy Valley, forgive its shortcomings and occasional preachiness, then look around their families and neighborhoods and dare to stand up, reach out, and help."

Anyway, Ron, sounds like you guys put your heart and soul into the movie and are going to help a lot of people. Nice work so far!

-Max

[1] Oh yeah, the footnote.

Pirate King: "I didn't repeat the word often."
Major General: "Pardon me, but you did indeed."
PK: "I only repeated it ONCE!"
MG: "True, but you repeated it."
PK: "But not often!"

-Gilbert & Sullivan

Thank you Max,

Your point is well taken. From the human level, I am totally in alignment with your comment. My response was more on a professional level, simply reporting the facts. Telling the truth.

Certainly as a critic, Mr. Burton is permitted to share whatever his experience was in viewing Happy Valley. He can say he hated it, but at least tell his readers the truth.

Fortunately, Happy valley has legs of its own. I was a little 'up in arms' at the discription "unethical" when he reported things incorrectly and gently accused our producer for using his calling to help make the movie, and then forgave us for the ethics of the movie and preachiness. WOW.

My experience of his blog was the pot calling the kettle black. I am still curious to know what was so unethical about the movie. If there is an issue of ethics, I would be the first to fix it before it comes out in theaters in March.

I am concerned on how we would explain Mr. Burtons's comments on ethics to the brave members of the movie who may or may not see his blog. Or my daughter who has found a passion at 13 to help prevent drug abuse in her school.

Anyhow, no matter how you look at it, it's all good. Thank you for your taking the time to express yourself and I truly appreciate the peacemaker in you. If you give me a mailing address, it would be an honor to share my copy of the film with you, as I believe it may shed some light on this conversation for you having not seen the movie yet. You can get me direct at www.ronwilliams.org and it will be in the mail that day.

Love and prayers, Ron

I've seen “Happy Valley” at least 3 times now (only once in Utah) and each time it has moved me to tears. One word describes how I felt after seeing the movie...WOW! I don't live in Utah, nor am I Mormon, but it touched me on a very personal level within my own family and some very dear friends. The feel I got watching this movie had nothing to do w/pointing the finger at a certain area or religious group. The fact that it was in Utah and those involved were Mormon didn't even enter into the equation to me. Why focus totally on that? These were families, friends, and real people, not some actors playing a part. Let's focus on the real issue the movie was getting across. It has to do with the denial of the serious drug problem (legal/illegal) in this country, the senseless loss of human life-all who have incredible potential, and the pain, physically and emotionally, that everyone (family, friends, co-workers) goes thru. I work in a high school and I see many who are in denial because of the fear, shame or accountability associated w/acknowledgment of drug abuse. I felt that the movie made us all take off "the blinds" and accept the fact that there is an issue here that needs to be addressed. I'd like to commend Ron on being willing to step "out of the box", making this movie despite the consequence and personal heartache he may have faced and truly coming from a desire to help not condemn. I'd like to also say thanks for those who were all willing to be a part of this film and the courage it took on each of their parts to be that vulnerable and willing to bear their very souls. Sometimes we need to be faced with the true devastation that affects everyone involved, instead of thinking "it won't ever happen to me". I personally would love to see this movie shown in every middle school and high school across the country. If seeing “Happy Valley” saves just one person, young or old, from starting or continuing down that road of drug abuse, it has truly accomplished its purpose.

I look forward to when I can see this film and have been following it's progress. Too many things are unspoken or ignored in "Happy Valley". I lived there for 13 years and had 2 of my 4 kids deeply into drugs. Unfortunatly our bishops never offered help. But we got through it by tremendous family unity and a lot of personal work. We have left the church since then(after 40 years) not due to that mind you and not in anger... just a following of that personal inspiration the church so much talks about... but I know many in it who have and still suffer with this issue. I had an LDS older woman tell me that half the woman in her ward were on Valium just to cope. How sad.

Thank you for confronting an issue straight on, and not being afraid to speak with honesty. That gets folks in hot water sometimes... but it appears you have stuck a strong chord of truth that it will not be stiffiled. And in either case, integrity prevails.

Much continuted success... and here's hoping it gets to Arkansas... if not I'll wait for the DVD release!

Nancy

I just wanted to add that My wife and I saw this movie at a convention in Salt lake City last march.
We had just got envolved with the company Ron Williams is Chairman and CEO of.
And I must say, that this movie and the commitment that Ron and the people involved with this company showed, are the main reason we are still involved with this company.
This great man, whom I believe god has chosen to be one of his disciples here on this planet, shows the same kind of unselfish desire to help all people in all walks of life through his current company.
I don't personally know this man, although I had the privilege to shake his hand last march, but I believe this is one of the most caring individuals I have ever met.
At the showing of this movie last March, I dare say, there were very few dry eyes in the very large room.
My wife and I are not Mormons, we are from a different faith, who believe in God and the Bible, and I must say in all fairness, That not once did I think this was about any religion. I felt this was about a small town in somewhere USA. And I thought it was about some caring individuals who had the Guts to stand up and admit their short comings and who wanted help and got it.
Thanks in advance that Our very loving God has, through Ron Williams and his crew, helped this movie become a realty for all the people this movie is going to save.
And I can't wait to see the movie again and purchace several copies of this film to give to people in need
Mort Castleton

Ron,

Sure, I'd love to see the film and maybe show it to some friends. My email is wilson.max@gmail.com, my mailing address is 15606 NE 40th St. #L146, Redmond, WA, 98052.

About the "unethical" bit: I'm beginning to see your point. You feel like due diligence was not done on the part of the film critic, prior to making comments. Hmmm. I guess I can't have an opinion on that without seeing the film first.

[Of course, we're all aware that "ethical" for a professional activity refers not to intentions (that would be moral/immoral) but to conformance with standards of conduct generally associated with that profession. I.e. it can mean "unprofessional" just as easily as "dishonest," and it's possible to be unethical accidentally.]

-Max

Happy Valley is a film anyone and everyone should see if they get the chance. It's an honest film that will certainly help anyone who is struggling with a problem by showing them that love, forgivness, and compassion on all sides are the most important things that will heal the imperfections we all have. I've seen this documentary three times, and each time I watch it I am reminded that the beauty of life is in the struggles we face each day. This movie will raise awareness to an important issue that needs to be addressed. And even if you agree with or disagree with how the material is presented, I believe everyone will want to do something about solving the problem.

Ron, i dont know if you remember me, but i was at American Fork High School at a free screening. I honestly appreciate what you have done, i dont think it was aimed at "Mormons" for lack of better terms, and i honestly think people are afraid of truth in this state. I have tried to discuss this film with other people, and they try to tell me that we dont have a drug problem in this state, with that said, they kind of proved my point. Anyway I read your really long, novel like comment to that other guy and i say well said. No offense to the people around here, but ive lived here my whole life, and ive noticed were a little bit too dogmatic. So Thank you ron, your a breath of fresh air to talk to.

I am working on the front line with regards to substance abuse. Richard Green (Chaplain of the Utah County Sheriff Dept) and I run the Utah County Reentry Assistance program. We help inmates reenter society. Our program is backed by the Utah County Continuum Care Board (Wasatch Mental Health, Utah County Division of Substance Abuse, Dept. of Workforce Services, Voc Rehab, Housing Authority of Utah County, Deseret Industries, Food and Care Coalition and the United Way). All of our clients have had substance abuse issues at the root of their legal problems. In addition, I host a substance abuse support group. I am beginning to get my finger on the pulse of the problem in Utah County. If I may make a couple of statements regarding the movie Happy Valley.

First, regarding the sensitivity toward the LDS church. I have showed the movie to the Staff and Clients at both Utah County Division of Substance Abuse and at the House of Hope treatment centers. In both cases, the staff was moved and have been actively promoting the movie to all who will listen. The overwhelming majority of the staff in both centers are LDS. I have not heard one comment regarding feelings of their religion being attacked. Again, they are actively looking for ways to get this movie into as many places as possible.

Second, it has been my experience that this movie breaks down barriers in many areas. Between the Law and the Criminal, Doctor and Patient, Child and Parent regardless of religious affiliation. This movie even works for the ADDICT. To see the passion in which Dr. Gray, and the Narcotics Officer address this issue gives the addict hope that people are concerned and really do want to understand their dilemma. In my opinion, this movie brings healing to all who view it and draws people closer together.

Finally, regarding the efforts of the LDS church on the topic of rehabilitation. There have been LDS, "12 step" support groups springing up all over Utah County. I am sure that they are doing much good. However, they, as I do, have to allow those in attendance to return to their lives of struggling with addiction. When faced with the need to place someone in an In-patient setting, their options are few, and very expensive. Most, if not all are secular programs and the success rates are not very good. I, for one would love to see the church build, and staff affordable, not for profit long term rehab centers that use the latest science techniques anchored in spirituality. I know of the perfect model, if anyone is interested.

Most of all, I am thrilled that this conversation is taking place. Only good can come from it.
Sincerely,
Charles

Yeah I thought Happy Valley was a very creative name for the film, and I have no idea how the film "attacks" the LDS church. Im sorry its just im sick of people especially in utah county trying to bury truth within the church itself, its past, and about the people. That is kind of why im an inactive member as of right now because the people keep burying the truth, or twisting it for that matter. So yeah the film does have a point it could have been filmed anywhere in the world....but you decided to do it here, to expose truth. Thanks again Ron

I am pleased to be associated with the LDS Church and also have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Williams. I have known this man for two years now. I have been on his softball team, I am his co-worker, and feel his friendship for all individuals alike. I am also a BYU student. One of the reasons that I forward this to Mr. Williams was because this blog expressed the outer thinking of Professor Burton, an LDS Bishop. The thoughts and comments of both these men have inspired hundreds if not thousands to get help. I truly appreciate the service these men render to our town and community.

I was first impressed that this film touched Bishop Burton so much that he spoke to his son the next morning about drugs. That to me is the miracle of the movie. If you do not like anything about the movie, even if you hate it, that is fine. But if you wake up the next morning and realize that you must talk about drugs to your kids then you have experienced a miracle. I am soon to be a father, which I am very excited for, and to know that drugs will affect my children's lives worries me. Seven of Bishop Burton's sons friends have overdosed. That is scary. That is happening here in Utah County, our own back yard.

I see both sides of the story because when I first heard of this movie I had just returned from my Mission. I came back thinking, "Now that I am in Utah, I am safe and I have nothing to worry about". I came home to a completely different Utah. I left a place where I felt safe, I felt welcomed, I felt liked and appreciated. I came back to a place where people seemed more distant, more dark, more worried. Everyone wants to be a have millions and have everything in the world, with no responsibility.

The following is coming from my own personal perspective of LDSism and because I am a convert. Whenever I have sinned, I have felt worried, alone, ashamed, and scared. I did not want to go to the Bishop to tell him anything. I worried about what the members of the ward would think, I worried about what the Bishop would say, I worried about what would happen. (I never did anything really bad, but I still worried.)

This movie focuses on these fears and on the pressures that we instill upon ourselves. One issue that I wish everyone understands from reading all these comments is the following. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP.

Though I was always afraid to know what would happen, I faithfully went to the Bishop to seek counsel on my transgressions. Bishop Burton makes it clear that the Church wants to help, and Mr. Williams makes it clear that people should ask.

That is why I believe that this Blog should be spread to everyone, everywhere. Because the church has set up a wonderful organization that is based on true and good principles. Because the Government has establish places of refuge and rehabilitation. But mainly because TELLING PEOPLE YOU NEED HELP IS OK. We need to overlook our own pride and fear and turn to our brothers and sisters and say, "I love you, how may I help you."

This movie is a labor of love and speaks out, loud and clear, "WE LOVE YOU, LET US HELP!!!"

This movie was shown at my school and it was an amazing experience for our student body to see this and see how this kind of stuff happens in our sheltered home of Utah. Most of us grew up sheltered thinking that because Utah has so many LDS people that this kind of thing doesn't happen, because of that there are so many people that fall into drugs easier! It was a very good awakening for us! i am very thankful for this movie and the impact it has made on my friends and I

Secrets that remain secrets take a personal tole on all the lives which are touched by someone who is struggling. We are not perfect and need to shout that message a loud as possible in order for others not to be so hard on themselves.
The problems associated with perfectionisn and criticalness are only part of the reasons for the high rate of drug addiction in our valley, but none the less play a part. Only by speaking out about our pain and struggle can we honestly find the answers to resolving the terrible problem that has snuck into this valley and is eating up our young people and older citizens as well. People who just go with the flow and don't stop and ask questions are more apt to find themselves caught in the trap of drug addiction. Thank You Ron Williams and others who took part in exposing a very painful truth about ourselves that can in turn serve to help others.
Love You,
Judy Price

One of the most heatfelt movies I have ever seen. I loved it

That was one of the more intriguing movies that caught my ear. I always meant to see it but never have. I'm definitely going to look into it based on these comments, thanks for the post.

I cannot believe that it has been almost a year after this movie came out and I am just hearing about it! If anyone should have known I should have! Why? Because the last two decades of my life have been dedicated to educating Utah enough about this problem in order to produce a movie like this! In fact I gave up on Utah ever addressing the problem and left the state three and a half years ago to look for someone who might listen and do something to stop this nightmare. I am ecstatic to learn that someone has made this attempt to pull Utah's head out of the sand when it comes to such a serious issue.

Allow me to address one point brought up by the blog above that is NOT correct at all: "For example, as one social scientist explained it to me, the reason that more anti-depressants are prescribed in Utah than anywhere else is that more people are seeking help for mental health issues and not self-medicating through alcohol, etc. That didn't show up in the movie."

This statement is an out and out lie fed to most mental health workers by the drug industry so that they can better peddle their drugs! They are NOT seeking help for mental health issues because they are not drinking alcohol - alcohol CAUSES mental health issues. These drugs are being pushed in Utah and among members of the Church by using such ridiculous statements. I brought a news crew from San Francisco to address this issue over a decade ago and they interviewed a psychiatrist who made that statement about Mormons not self-medicating leaving them in need of "treatment." I have been amazed at the way so many have repeated that statement with no thought given to the fact that science would say the exact opposite!

There are many reasons why Utah leads the nation in antidepressant use but that is not one of them. Our high consumption of sugar, Jello, and ice cream can scientifically be traced back to depression and antidepressant use.

The problem within the Church is massive and serious and needs to be addressed in all truth and honesty. John warned of this day in Rev. 18:23-24 and the whole world has been deceived (lied to) about these drugs and the elect have been especially deceived. No wonder the scriptures so often use the phrase "Awake and arrise!"

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.org

I hope that Ron doesn't feel like he has to explain himself after every negative review. That might take some time. That was kind of embarrassing. Thanks for the stats about how the film was amazing Ron. Classy.

Ron will get a run for his money at the 2009 LDS Film Festival. "The Long Look On Life" will be this year's festival's most talked about film. I saw it at a private screening the filmmaker put on when he was still working on it a year ago. It's about a return missionary that gets hooked on meth and becomes homeless. He eventually gets back on his feet and starts a make-shift homeless shelter out of his house in Provo. The film follows "Alex" and his homeless friends over a 3 year period. I have tried to find a website or more information about the film or the filmmaker but I have yet to find anything. It is a beautiful film and a must see.

I'm sure even Ron hopes it does 50 times better than Happy Valley. Lives are at stake. what is worse? addiction or denial?

You seem to know alot, come on down from your sybox and help out micky? I lost friends to addiction in Utah..Happy Valley is the best doc Ive seen.. it is brave and honest. Why should ron start being passive for you? If those are the facts..goood on Happy Valley..why are you so disturbed over a member of the community spending his own time and money to make a difference and give all proceeds to people who want to take on there addictions? You should be inspired rather than holy. take action, be real, loose the cynicism. your comment serves no purpose putting one down to promote another. we need to work together.

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