The Creative High is a documentary feature film that illustrates the transformative nature of recovery through artistic expression, and how artist subjects re-create their lives in order to live free of addiction. Bringing the viewer into the worlds of hip-hop, drag performance, punk music, and featuring artists who create dance, theater and visual art, The Creative High demonstrates the tension that exists between the altered states of creativity and addictive behavior.
This is the second film by director Adriana Marchione. Her first film When the Fall Comes about love, loss and art is a stunning portrait of a personal grief journey. Marchione brings her extensive experience as an artist, teacher and expressive arts therapist to this next film project. Marchione has worked with clients and students for close to 20 years witnessing artists from different backgrounds and orientations wrestle with their addictions – to alcohol, drugs, sex, work, food and dysfunctional relationships. She was awarded Artist of the Year in 2016 through In Recovery magazine. Find her recent article that shares about her artistic journey before and after recovery.
Marchione’s statement about The Creative High: ‘Through art-making, I want to show the emotional depth and search for meaning that accompanies the struggle to recover from addiction. We need artistic role models who have made the passage to the other side of addiction to give hope to those who are still in the throes of addiction. This film will delve into the artist’s challenge to maintain equilibrium before and after recovery, and showcase the ways that art can be a guidepost. I have witnessed the creative process expand in recovery as well as diminish; experienced the dependence on the addiction as a muse that fuels a continued well-spring of altered art-making; and been awed by the abundant inspiration that art produces – allowing a ‘high’ to reveal itself through the sheer presence and attention to the present moment.’
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