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“Be My Shadow”


In 2002 I helped my friend Kat Kosiancic produce her beautifully humane documentary “Be My Junkie Shadow.” Kat interviewed seven women who lived and worked in Vancouver’s downtown eastside neighborhood. Four of these women have since died, most recently Nicole C., shown above in a 1998 photo by Lincoln Clarkes from his epic “Heroines” series.

The phrase that became the title of Kat’s documentary came from Nicole, in an unsentimental and uncompromising exchange with Kat that you can read in full here. Below is an image of Nicole from the documentary.


Peace be with you.

“Peace of Pai”


My friend Kat Kosiancic is writing about her travels through Thailand. I love her writing. Right now she’s living in the bungalow pictured above in the town of Pai.

Kat in transit …

Kat writing

My friend Kat Kosiancic is hanging out at my place getting her notes together in advance of her flight to Thailand tomorrow. I hope she does a ton of writing, on the streets and on the beaches, and in the retreats, caves and hot springs there. I know she has several writing projects in the works, from fairy tales to pilgrimage memoirs. Years ago I called her “a polymath beat chick.” She still is.

Here’s a recent, really worthwhile Kat project: The C-free list. Kat writes: “The C-free list consists of things that I have personally found helpful on my quest for well-being after I was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago (see my story).  The website [describes] alternative approaches that I feel help the body, mind, and spirit in recovering and maintaining good health and balance throughout life. The C-free List includes recommendations for alternative therapies, books, documentaries, diets, super foods and supplements, and also touches on how friends and forgivenesslove and laughter, mother nature, yoga, music, mantras and meditation, passion and purpose, power songs, the sisterhood, support, surrender, and words and thoughts help with the healing process.”

Here’s the Facebook Page for her project.

“Be My Junkie Shadow”

Photo Stills of Kat Kosiancic and Denise Greyeyes, courtesy of photographer Chris Young

Kat Kosiancic’s 2002 documentary, “Be My Junkie Shadow,” is a loving but stark portrait of women who have lived and worked in the downtown eastside neighborhood of Vancouver. Some of the women who participated, including Denise Greyeyes, shown above [with the glasses], have passed away since the film was made. You can see this wonderful work at the 4th annual “Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival,” this Saturday, May 12, at the Pacific Cinematheque Theatre, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver.

You can read online versions of Kat’s documentary interviews here, in the archives of my great old ezine

The C-Free List

Kat Kosiancic in Costa Rica

My friend Kat’s wonderful website, The C-Free List, “consists of things that I have found helpful on my quest for well being after I was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago … things that I feel help the body, mind, and spirit to recover and maintain good health and balance through life. It includes recommendations for services, books, documentaries, diets, super foods, vitamins and supplements, alternative therapies and also touches on yoga, meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, love, kindness and more.” The site explores alternative & complementary therapies, books, music mantras & meditation, and natural highs, and much else, with Kat’s deep insight and intelligence.

Kat in Vancouver