Clean Slate (2021)

Two friends — Joshua Litton and Cassidy Detmer — in a Southern drug recovery program decide to express themselves and try to escape their addiction and mental illness by making a short film about the pain they’ve caused their families. They are in an 18-month, zero-tolerance program sponsored by A Better Way Ministries that will give them access to professional filmmaking equipment to make their film. Yet Cassidy relapses and the film they plan on making is now in danger.

Cassidy has reached a level so low that he can’t get a janitor job because of his record and his mother matter of factly says that she knows he will just go back to doing drugs again. One wonders if making his movie On the Fence will be enough.

Director Jared Callahan worked with both men and along with making this film. As for Josh, he relapsed twice before they make the film. The future is unclear for both men but at least this film exists to be a document of them trying to escape the life that they have created for themselves which is no easy task.

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