While "Stevie" is certainly not intended to be an apology for Stevie and his crime, the documentary does ask viewers to look at him as a human being and not a monster. This is no easy task because Stevie embodies so many of the negative stereotypes we have about poor rural white people. Indeed, Stevie has tattoos, crooked teeth, and greasy hair. He is uneducated, has a lengthy rap sheet, and is obsessed with guns and motorcycles. He even nicknamed himself "Snake." But he is also at times, childlike and almost endearing. He can be funny and fun to be around. He is intensely loyal to those closest to him and capable of surprising generosity. Through the intertwining lives of all of these characters, "Stevie" speaks about the complex realities of growing up, family history, and how the system has--despite sometimes good intentions--failed to rescue kids like Stevie. Just as my own Big Brother experience with Stevie and making this film demanded that I deal with some very difficult personal issues, my hope is that "Stevie" will force viewers to come to grips with the life of a lifelong "victim" whose life has now taken a scary and deeply troubling turn.