Vapouround magazine VAPOUROUND MAGAZINE OCTOBER ISSUE19 - Page 122

FEATURE VAPING DEAD The gritty short FIlm is a call to arms for vapers around the world By Gordon Stribling It’s coming up to a year since our interview with director Christy Oldham introduced our UK readers to the three-part sci-fi/action flick, Vape Warz. And prior to that there was A Billion Lives – the highly-acclaimed documentary that set the blueprint for on-screen vaping activism. Now, a new short film that straddles the line between activism and entertainment is making waves throughout the vaping world and beyond. The Vaping (Not) Dead is the brainchild of Dominique Aubert, a French vaper, director and documentary-maker with a background in the vaping industry and a passion for harm-reduction. The eight- minute short film is his most ambitious and creative project yet. “I have been a producer and director for a long time, especially for corporate documentaries,” Dominique said. “But I have never worked on a project of this magnitude before.” The film’s title should give you an idea of its inspiration and what to expect to see on-screen. Namely, plenty of blood and violence. It tells the story of a legion of vapers and their battle for their freedom to vape. Among them, a shop-worker, a manufacturer and YouTuber, all proud vapers who, together, stand up against the tobacco industry and vaping’s other detractors. “Mickael Hammoudi, the founder of French vape federation FIVAPE, is a friend of mine,” Dominique said. “We are both fans of The Walking Dead and one day he said to me, ‘what if we could make something like that one day, except on the theme of vaping?’” 122 | VM19