HAZE: the Movie

HAZE the Movie poster

In 2008, The Gordie Foundation produced HAZE, a documentary film telling Gordie’s story and connecting the dots between alcohol on campus and hazing. In 2017, the Gordie Center worked with the original director of the film to update HAZE for today's audiences. The new version of HAZE along with a new facilitator guide will be released on Gordie's birthday, February 22, 2018. The new film is 37 minutes long, and is intended to be used for interactive programs: a screening followed by a facilitated discussion.

All orders of HAZE include an easy-to-use facilitator guide, Public Performance License, and the right to make up to ten copies of the film per campus/organization.

We try to ship orders within 7 business days of order placement. Should you need to receive your order by a certain day, please contact us at (434) 982-0703 so that we can work out the best shipment option for you.

Since 2008, more than 500 high schools, colleges and other organizations have purchased the film to incorporate into their educational efforts. HAZE is a powerful educational tool that can spark in-depth conversations about the role of alcohol and “traditions” to initiate members, as well as motivate audience members to intervene in a hazing situation or alcohol emergency. We consistently receive feedback that the film and discussion after a screening positively impact students, parents, and campus culture, allowing conversations about what it means to be a valued member of a group, the barriers that prevent intervention on a campus, and how to be an active bystander.

The film uniquely weaves together a collection of interviews, many by national experts on the subjects of hazing and alcohol, with Gordie's story. While the film does contain graphic photographs from the crime scene after Gordie's death, it is appropriate for all high school and college audiences. 

HAZE AccoladesPresented on film are a number of experts in the field, including Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University and the leading expert witness on hazing cases in the United States. Dr. Aaron White, a biological psychologist (neuroscientist) with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is also featured, along with hazing expert and Dean of Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Travis Apgar.

Others featured are Barry Seaman, former TIME Magazine reporter and author of the book Binge, Excess in the Age of Disconnection; Dr. Susan Lipkins, hazing expert and author of Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment, and Humiliation; and Dr. Richard Schwartzstein, Director of The Academy at Harvard Medical School.

“The intent is to use real life footage to showcase the problems, and then present experts, on film, who can give an objective perspective on the severity of alcohol abuse and hazing in university settings.” said Michael Lanahan, Executive Producer.

Produced by the Colorado Springs, CO film company, Watt Imagination!, the movie is directed by Pete Schuermann, who includes among his credits film projects for The Walt Disney Company, MGM Lions Gate, Raytheon, and Yamaha.

“We want to use the film to prevent other tragic deaths like what happened to Gordie.” according to Michael Lanahan. “We hope that this documentary will encourage our society to make the necessary changes for a safer environment on college campuses.”


Preview HAZE*

HAZE is copyrighted by the Gordie Center at the University of Virginia, and this preview is for private use only (to screen this film to large audiences, you must purchase HAZE).  Duplication, re-broadcast or other use in whole or part without the express permission of the Gordie Center is prohibited.

*The version of HAZE currently available for preview is NOT the 2018 revised version. The 2018 version will not be released until February 22, 2018. Visit SnagFilms to preview the older version of HAZE prior to purchasing:


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