Chris's Story


Client: McLean Hospital

When Erin Collins-Moore called from McLean Hospital, a prestigious psychiatric hospital in the Boston area, and asked us to make films for their annual Gala, we were excited and concerned. This seemed like a rare opportunity to make films on sensitive subjects with both patient and hospital collaboration. Our worry was, could we make honest films and protect patient privacy?

The answers came from the subjects themselves.  We've now had the opportunity to work with several different patients from McLean and each has been eager to share their story for the sake of others who might also benefit from help and treatment. 

Despite the alarming news about increased opioid use, alcohol addiction remains the more prevalent problem in this country. Chris, a successful businessman who survived the attack on the World Trade Center, talked about his alcohol addiction and how the doctors at Fernside, a McLean residential facility in Princeton, Massachusetts, helped him.