Controlling a CrisisFrom meth’s introduction as a deadly drug phenomenon, to the hard lessons families learn about addiction, to a grass roots community campaign to control a meth crisis, CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town offers an anatomy of one town’s waking nightmare to mirror America’s struggle with methamphetamine.

FILMAKER BIO

Methamphetamine is a familiar topic to writer/producer Todd Jarrell. A resident of Cookeville, Tennessee, the primary location for this film and the hub of the Upper Cumberland mountain area, Jarrell watched a meth crisis grow from a few early print stories in the local Herald Citizen to a social issue garnering the attentions of the national press. First reporting on the home made drug in 2004 for Nashville’s WPLN (NPR), Jarrell’s public radio series In Meth’s Grip garnered three national awards and was cited by Public Radio News Directors Inc. as the “most comprehensive, listen-able, and eye-opening coverage of the meth problem we have heard to date.” Following that series, Nashville’s WKRN NEWS 2 (ABC) invited Jarrell to collaborate on exploring Tennessee’s meth problem in a one-hour prime time news special. The ensuing, Meth In Tennessee, was nominated for the 2006 National EMMY in Community Service.

Jarrell’s previous television work includes the PBS feature Tree Safari: A Sculptural Journey, (PBS) filmed in South Africa on the mythic and medicinal aspects of sculptor Brad Sells’ exotic wood medium. Change of Heart, examining one spiritual young man’s work with Cape Town’s street children. Now in production are The Koa Connection, the second of the Tree Safari series and TUBA U: Basso Profundo, which follows an unlikely ensemble to Carnegie Hall.

Jarrell’s audio work includes the award-winning audiobook Slow Dance with the Planet (HighBridge), and features for All Things Considered; Weekend America; The World; The Savvy Traveler; Great Lakes Radio Consortium; CBC Radio One (Canada); Radio Netherlands World Service; andBBC Radio 4. Print/Internet features include: National Geographic News; CNN.com; Hemispheres (USA), Wingspan (Japan), Traditional Boats and Tall Ships (UK), Houston Chronicle, New Orleans’ Times Picayune, andCanada’s national daily The Globe and Mail.
Jarrell’s work has earned recognition from: National & Regional EMMY nominations, Associated Press, AURORA Awards, TELLY Awards, GABRIEL nomination, PRNDI, LOWELL THOMAS Awards, the SILVER MICROPHONE, the COMMUNICATORS Crystal, and more.

 

NARRATOR:

Rita Coolidge
http://ritacoolidge.com/index.shtml


MUSICIAN LINKS:

Ethan Ballinger
http://www.myspace.com/ethanballinger

Dave Henderson - The Calfkillers
www.myspce.com/davidhenderson

Shea Callahan - The Calfkillers
http://www.greenrodeshotgun.com/bio.php

Warren Gently
http://www.myspace.com/warrengently

 

CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town Credits and Appreciation to:

WRITTEN, PRODUCED & DIRECTED  by
Todd Jarrell

In PARTNERSHIP with
WCTE-TV Upper Cumberland Public Television

NARRATED By
Rita Coolidge

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer

PROJECT DIRECTOR
Becky Magura

CONSULTING PRODUCER
Tika Laudun

WCTE-TV PRODUCTION MANAGER
Rick Wells

VIDEOGRAPHY
Todd Jarrell
Mitch Jordan

ADDITIONAL VIDEOGRAPHY
Jim Gerhardt
Becky Magura
Kevin Liska
Barbara Albers-Jackson
Don Spain

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

POST PRODUCTION
Rock Creative Images, Nashville

EDITORS
Todd Pewitt
Eddie Hales
Mark Shuart
NARRATIVE RECORDING
Studio West, San Diego

AUDIO EDITORS
Todd Pewitt
Dan Abernathy

ANIMATION / GRAPHIC DESIGN
Magnetic Dreams Animation, Nashville

ORIGINAL MUSIC by
Ethan Ballinger
The Calfkillers
Warren Gently

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Vijaya Nadar

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE & IMAGES
PROVIDED by
WKRN NEWS 2 Nashville
Gold Pitt Productions
You Have the Power…
Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference
National Jewish Medical & Research Center
North Metro Task Force
Historic Films Archives, LLC
The Renaissance Center
Prelinger Archives
Tennessee Technological University Media Center
Capitol Media Services
Cookeville History Museum
Cookeville Depot Museum
Tennessee National Guard
Washington Times

PRODUCTION ATTORNEY
William Ford

ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Companion Financial Group, PC

WITH MUCH APPRECIATION TO:
Office of U.S. Congressman Bart Gordon
Office of the Governor of Tennessee
Office of State Senator Charlotte Burks
Office of Tennessee 13th District Attorney
Drug Enforcement Administration
Cookeville Regional Medical Center
KIKS FM
Serenity House
Putnam County EMS
Putnam County SWAT
Brookhaven National Laboratories
Mary Jo Denton - Herald Citizen
Foundations Associates
Smithville Review
Warren County Sheriff's Department
American Dental Association
Henrietta Kress - Helsinki, Finland
Uruma Keiko - Tokyo, Japan

 

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