Three students died from drug overdose during the 2011-12 school year at Neuqua Valley High School located in Naperville, Illinois. “Neuqua on Drugs” is a student-produced documentary film inspired by the classmates’ deaths, as well as the increasing use of drugs, including heroin, at the school.
The film includes powerful interviews with over 20 current and former Neuqua Valley High School students who speak candidly about their drug use. Several of the students provide an emotional recounting of the tragic events leading up to the deaths of the three students. The alarmingly growing trend of drug use in high schools across America makes this film relatable to audiences everywhere.
Kelly McCutcheon, 18, is a 2012 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. She is a young aspiring filmmaker. This is her first feature-length film. Kelly is currently attending Columbia College Chicago, majoring in cinematography.
Jack Kapson, 17, is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. He is a singer/songwriter/guitarist in the band previously known as “This Week’s Trend.” He edited all the audio, as well as composed and performed all the music in the film. Jack plans to pursue a career in music as an audio engineer and performing artist.