When a Harvard Ph.D. student is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story.
Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town
One Tennessee town’s waking nightmare and a nation’s struggle against methamphetamine addiction.
- Premiere Date
- November 6, 2007
- 60 minutes
- Funding Initiative
- Open Call
Todd Jarrell began producing when, after a career in television advertising he, joined a round-the-world tall-ship voyage and worked as crew while creating a public radio series from such places as Easter Island, Bora Bora, and Zanzibar. His experiences were later published as the audiobook Slow Dance with the Planet. Passion for world culture has led… Show more Jarrell to more than 50 countries across seven continents and 70,000 miles of tall-ship voyaging. His television works include the double Emmy Award-winning, CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town; Meth in Tennessee, which was nominated for a national Emmy; Tree Safari: A Sculptural Journey, a Shop PBS Featured Title, filmed in South Africa; and Change of Heart, which explores one young man’s work with Cape Town’s street children. Show less
In less than a decade since its arrival there, methamphetamine or “crank” has wreaked devastation in the rural communities surrounding Cookeville, Tennessee. From meth’s introduction as a distinctively deadly drug phenomenon to innovative local legislation and the hard lessons families have learned about addiction, Crank is an anatomy of one town’s waking nightmare and a nation’s struggle with this growing epidemic.