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Rock BottomRock Bottom - Gay Men & Meth

a film by Jay Corcoran
61 minutes, Color, USA, 2006


This film is available for rental at Public Screenings. Please send your inquiry to info@outcast-films.com.

ROCK BOTTOM follows the journeys of seven gay men struggling with an addiction to crystal meth, and their recovery efforts against a threatening backdrop of HIV infection. From grappling with the drug’s effects on their physical and mental health to wrestling with their darkest sexual desires and sensitive identity issues, ROCK BOTTOM delivers a chilling portrait of a community in crisis. By focusing on an incredibly diverse group of subjects, this unflinching film captures a predator that does not discriminate between age, class, or race. Exploring deeply personal experiences in clubs, hospitals, and family gatherings, these brave men provide us with astonishing clarity and offer us a much needed and new perspective to help others who struggle as they do.

For anyone battling drug abuse and addiction, or for those who aid in the process of recuperation and healing, ROCK BOTTOM will offer hope and insight for the painful and necessary leap to a healthy life. It also serves as a powerful cautionary tale for anyone thinking they might be able to experiment with a drug without repercussions.

   

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"Rock Bottom" presents the complexity of meth use in the lives of gay men and provides some thought provoking insights on how we as a community can address this dilemma. The film is of enormous importance for all of us as we have witnessed the devastation that can be invoked by the spread of crystal meth--both on the individual level and on our
community as a whole. Jay Corcoran has once again captured the true essence of the struggles people face in their lives and provides us with a glimpse of how we can raise our selves up from rock bottom.

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, Associate Dean for Research & Doctoral Studies, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

ROCK BOTTOM is a powerful film that closely documents the experiences of seven gay men who use crystal meth. It gives a frank and honest portrayal of crystal use, from the the glamorous and exciting highs to devastating the lows. Viewers are allowed a rare peak into the lives and mental worlds of these meth users in way never previously captured on film. The movie provides an in-depth understanding of the psychological processes underlying meth addiction in these men, such as poor self-esteem, HIV burnout, internalized homophobia and intensely conflicted feelings about sex. ROCK BOTTOM is an invaluable tool in helping the clinician to gain an insightful understanding of the existing problem.

Steven J. Lee, M.D. Author of Overcoming “Crystal Meth Addiction: an Essential Guide to Getting Clean,” Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Rock Bottom is a useful corrective to the post gay utopia, that coast-living insulated ethos which has pronounced queer liberation over, or at least tired. Almost incidentally, the film reveals areas of the gay male psyche no civil rights legislation can reach, no caress can heal. It is a profoundly moving account of how, even in this age of increasing social and civil acceptance, queer people are still survivors, carrying memories and wounds we either barely know or barely acknowledge. Sometimes relief can be found only in a kind of compensatory damage, new pains to cancel out the old. One of Rock Bottom's great values is a reminder that by the time of coming out, our relation to our sexuality is largely formed. With great struggle, we have by and large made ourselves equal under the law; feeling equal is another matter entirely.

Jonathan D. Katz, Senior Fellow, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, former founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Gay and Lesbian Studies at Yale University, and the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies at City College of San Francisco, where he became the first tenured Queer Studies professor in the US.

 

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