Today, 90 percent of the methamphetamine consumed in America comes over the border from Mexico in the form of a superdrug called ICE. As drug enforcement agents battle sophisticated cartels, poor, rural users, dealers and families are caught in the middle.
Featuring extensive access to law enforcement, Meth Storm tells the story of rural, economically-disadvantaged users and dealers whose addiction to ICE and lack of job opportunities have landed them in an endless cycle of poverty and incarceration. Following police and DEA agents struggling to stop the cartels, the film is both a cautionary tale and a high-stakes drama told from inside the war on drugs.
Drawing on a decade of experience as war correspondents, directors Brent and Craig Renaud (HBO’s Dope Sick Love and Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later) embedded themselves deep in the American drug culture over the course of two years to film this disturbing look at methamphetamine addiction. The documentary focuses on an impoverished rural Arkansas community where abuse is rampant, thanks to a plentiful supply of cheap and potent imported crystal meth and a depressed economy that offers little incentive to kick the habit.
Meth Storm is produced, directed, filmed and edited by Brent and Craig Renaud; associate producer, Stephen Bailey; original music, Amman Abbasi. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.