It started as a local judge’s idea: Why not produce a humble video about the successes of Drug Court in the Roanoke Valley?
The budget was modest — only $25,000. So Circuit Judge Jonathan Apgar called up an old high-school thespian pal who was in the television production business.
Was he interested in making the documentary for relative peanuts? The answer was yes.
You can see the 27-minute result on You Tube today: “The Arrest is Only the Beginning: How Virginia Drug Courts Succeed.”
Barely two years after its debut, the video has won six national and international film and television awards.
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