LaSalle resident makes shocking documentary about drugs

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Mario Trottier films the streets of L.A., New York and Montreal

A resident of LaSalle for the past 15 years, Mario Trottier and his production company, Coldshot Productions (Beyries Street), explores the problems of drug addiction and does his part to incite youngsters to avoid this treacherous path. Travelling the streets of Los Angeles, New York and Montreal, on his rollerblades, he has made a shocking English-language documentary, entitled "Bring Your Own Brains" (BYOB), a powerful tool against drug abuse.

LaSalle resident makes shocking documentary about drugs

The documentary will be presented at the Hollywood Film Festival on March 31. Mario has made a 25-minute production for high-school students and a 54-minute version for American and Canadian television networks. The images leave the audience on the edge of their seats. You can catch some of it on his website: www.drugfreeparty.com.

The story is about a 4-year-old boy dreaming about himself as a skateboarding teenager. The teenager is at a party where a drug dealer comes in with a handful of crack rocks and pills, with the intention of selling. This ends up being the child's nightmare. The story is designed to illustrate how easily drugs can enter your life and hook you in. The real-life situations are accompanied by powerful music, which creates a mood and a parallel between the film and its content.

Mario Trottier, alias Mario Coldshot, has devoted a big part of his life to studying and helping these kids and believes that what teenagers really need are testimonials from people of their own generation. "I may be 47-years-old, but I rollerblade about 30 kilometres a day. Most people my age are incapable of keeping up with me," he says.

Rollerblading on the streets

Mario Trottier has rollerbladed the streets of some of the largest cities to meet teenagers who have shared their stories with him. "Armed with my roller blades and my camera, I filmed these street kids and visited crack houses. Everything was 'live'. I met a girl who had lost her kids and found herself on the streets, sick from a variety of illnesses. I met an Inuit who came to Montreal for medical treatment and became hooked on crack. He lost his wife and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. He went back to the North with a serious drug problem and failing health. These are all real cases," he explains.

An American and perhaps an international adventure

"We'll be showing it at the Hollywood Film Festival and our documentary will be one of the films available for sale in their country. It can also be translated into other languages. We have an agreement with a group in Seattle and the 25-minute film will also be shown in a number of American schools."

Young LaSalle residents involved

The film also includes professionally shot scenes. Filming took place at a studio owned by Coldshot Productions. "It's a mix of 'Hollywood effects' and real street scenes. A party scene features 15 LaSalle teenagers who represent today's generation and aren't drug addicts. A pusher arrives and sells them drugs. It finishes in prison." These LaSalle youngsters have nothing to do with drugs: Maxime Vincent, Marjolaine Berger, Patrice Lavoie, Karine Arsenault, Amélie Jeannot, Michel Rougeau, Mateusz Krasey and Alexandre Hébert. What about future projects? "I'd like to do something about the homeless. Everything I do ultimately has a humanitarian focus. I like working on projects that help the world. It's in my nature."

Organisations: Mario Trottier films, American schools

Lieux géographiques: Montreal, New York, Seattle

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