Documentary Short: Teen Suicides in Rural America

by Dante Chinni February 07, 2022
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As part of its ongoing study of Deaths of Despair in America, the American Communities Project visited Livingston, Montana, in Park County last summer for a deeper exploration of the nation’s teen suicide epidemic. Along with the ACP’s usual efforts of data analysis combined with sit-down, face-to-face interviews, this trip included a camera team. The result is the short documentary above. The work follows a written analysis of the topic this past fall and represents the ACP’s first foray into the documentary space.

ACP Director Dante Chinni, Producer Allison Sandza, and Cinematographer Zach Wood spoke with people across the community who have dealt with the problem firsthand and talked about steps they have taken to address it.