Release Date:  2018

The Edge of Success takes a critical look at high school suicide clusters plaguing the town of Palo Alto, California.

 

In the last seven years, ten high school students and recent alumni have taken their own lives.

 

The film follows six high school students as they navigate their high school experience in Palo Alto and open up about the tragedies that have struck their community. Through their stories, the documentary explores the normal pressures of high school woven together with the issue of mental illness.

Filmmakers

Liza Meak

Liza Meak is an award-winning broadcast journalist, who has spent her career producing at television stations across the country, including the last 13 years at NBC Bay Area, the NBC owned station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Most recently, she worked as a producer on the critically acclaimed documentary, Batkid Begins, which was acquired by New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Brothers. The Documentary won audience awards at Cinequest Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, and Rincon International Festival.

Liza also wrote and produced the documentary, Molly’s Journey, for NBC Bay Area, which aired in 2014. The short documentary followed a young mother of two who is living with stage IV lung cancer. Molly’s Journey won two Gracie Awards and a regional Emmy award.

Liza graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Kathryn Roberts

Kathryn Roberts is a Gunn High School alum who experienced the suicide of two Palo Alto High School students during her time at Gunn. As a local resident with continuing ties to the community where she grew up, Kathryn is passionate about raising awareness around the growing mental health challenges facing Palo Alto’s students and exploring the root causes of the recent suicide clusters.

Steve Pitre

Steve Pitre is based in Oakland, CA.  He shoots narratives, documentaries, commercials, web and corporate, and he recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York City, where he lived for 10 years.

He studied the art and technique of photography at the prestigious Cégep de Matane, Quebec, in his native Canada.  Upon graduation, he studied in Cinema and Video at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, as part of that school’s multidisciplinary Baccalaureate in Arts program.  He is fluent in both French and English.

Steve freelances as Director of Photography for a variety of companies and organizations, including Starr Media Design, Jalbert Productions International, Tough Mudder, Brave World Pic, Vocativ TV, World Fishing Network, RTBF (TV), DePalma Productions, MunkyTown Productions, Kaleidoscope Pictures, Trutopo Films, Disruptive Pictures, and many more.