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Taylor White – Aftermath

Monday, January 10th 2011 by Pat

On the early morning of June 5th, 2009, Taylor White was killed in a drunk driving accident.

After Taylor’s death, a foundation was formed by his family and friends to help others learn from the mistakes that were made that night.

When Kevin White, Taylor’s father, first approached me about working on a documentary for the foundation I wasn’t very enthusiastic and, quite honestly, tried to give him the runaround.

I didn’t want to get pulled into what sounded like a long, challenging and emotionally draining project but here I am on the other side of the process and happy to have been a part of telling the story.

What we created is ostensibly a “Don’t Drink and Drive” film but there are deeper themes rattling around as well. It’s hard for me to watch, young people are surrounded by a feeling of invulnerability and to see that shattered is heartbreaking.

I guess there are a million films like this rotting on the shelves of health classes and youth centers but I feel like this one has a little more integrity, a little more grit, and can be more effective on a local level than some of the uncomfortable films I was subjected to in my health class at JDHS.

If I get one wish for it, I hope that this film can give parents and young adults a chance to have a good honest discussion about some of the realities they face.

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