HAZE: The Movie

HAZE the Movie poster

In 2008, The Gordie Foundation produced HAZE, a documentary film telling Gordie’s story and “connecting the dots” between college drinking and hazing. In the past four years, nearly 500 high schools, colleges and other organizations have purchased the full-length 82-minute) or abridged (36-minute) version to incorporate into their educational efforts. HAZE is a powerful educational tool that can spark in-depth conversations about the role of alcohol and “traditions” to initiate members as well as motivate audience members to intervene in an alcohol emergency. It is not unusual for students to immediately text their siblings and friends after viewing the film to warn them about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption.

Both versions of the film include a detailed facilitation guide, Public Performance License, and the rights to make up to ten DVD copies per campus/organization.

The film uniquely weaves together a collection of interviews, many by national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse on campuses. Evidence of the severity of the problem is presented through graphic images filmed at campus parties, during emergency medical calls, and from police files.  An edited, 36-minute version is appropriate for high school audiences or to allow time for more in-depth discussions.

HAZE AccoladesPresented on film are a number of experts in the field led by Joseph Califano Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. He founded and currently serves as Chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Others featured are Chuck Hurley, Chief Executive Officer of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving); T.J. Sullivan, CEO of CampusSpeak (leading providers of campus speakers on social issues affecting college students today); Rick Barnes, of the North American Interfraternity Council (NIC); Barry Seaman, former TIME Magazine reporter and author of the book Binge, Excess in the Age of Disconnection; Dr. Henry Wechsler, College Alcohol Study, Harvard School of Public Health; and Dr. Aaron White, alcohol researcher, Duke University.

“The intent is to use real life footage to showcase the problems, and then present experts, on film, who can give an objective perspective on the severity of alcohol abuse and hazing in university settings.” said Michael Lanahan, Executive Producer.

Produced by the Colorado Springs, CO film company, Watt Imagination!, the movie is directed by Pete Schuermann who includes among his credits, film projects for The Walt Disney Company, MGM Lions Gate, Raytheon and Yamaha.

“We want to use the film to prevent other tragic deaths like what happened to Gordie.” according to Michael Lanahan. “We hope that this documentary will encourage our society to make the necessary changes for a safer environment on college campuses.”

 

PREVIEW THE FULL DOCUMENTARY (81 MINUTES) BY CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW.  

HAZE is copyrighted by the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia for private use only.  Duplication, re-broadcast or other use in whole or part without the express permission of the Gordie Center is prohibited.

 

PREVIEW THE ABRIDGED DOCUMENTARY (36 MINUTES) BY CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW.

HAZE is copyrighted by the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia for private use only.  Duplication, re-broadcast or other use in whole or part without the express permission of the Gordie Center is prohibited.

Trouble viewing the film?  Please contact gordiecenter@virginia.edu for assistance.