The camera lingers on a man smoking crack, his tired face hidden behind an untidy beard, the fingers holding the pipe stained in various colors of paint.
Earlier, the interviewer asks him what his choice would be between art and crack: he is unable to respond.
In his documentary, Josh Lane (“Wastings & Pain”, “My Other Me: A Film About Cosplayers”) follows around Ken Foster, a homeless and crack addict street artist based in Vancouver whose undeniable talent attracted a following. Unfortunately, Foster’s addiction and mental illness have prevented him from escaping the hole he’s dug himself in.
With various interviews of people surrounding Ken – his adoptive mother, his estranged daughter, a fan who collects his paintings – Josh Lane manages to get a distant and varied look at the artist’s life that counterweighs the major part of the documentary where Lane follows Foster around and shows the unflinching, raw truth: Foster is stuck in a vicious cycle that no one knows how to pull him out from.
When Lane asks Ken’s fans or family about his addiction, it is clear that they support him and want to see him become clean, but that Ken himself refuses to get better.