This weekend there is a unique and exciting international film festival in our own back yard. Writers In Treatment and SOBERLINK are presenting the Third Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival on Oct. 14, 15, and 16, at the Beverly Garland Hotel Theater located at 4222 Vineland Ave. in NoHo. Films screen 10 a.m. to midnight. Tickets are FREE by RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This international festival (also screening in Vancouver B.C., Oct. 21-23) is unique in its focus on drug addiction, alcoholism, and recovery. The realistic portrayal of these issues in cinema is invaluable for the honest conversation that can occur among viewers.
Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries, and shorts from first-time filmmakers and industry veterans. Highlights include Death of an Addict: The Tio Hardiman Story, chronicling director Tio Hardiman’s struggle to break the cycle of intergenerational drug addiction; Tweeked, about two female companions whose friendship disintegrates as they careen into a methamphetamine frenzy; and Oxy-Morons, a harrowing thriller centering on the effects of Oxy-Contin addiction in a close-knit Boston community.
Closing night’s special screening is On the Bowery, director Lionel Rogosin’s 1956 classic film, a cinéma vérité depiction of alcoholism on New York’s infamous Skid Row. Martin Scorsese called it “A milestone in American cinema…a rare achievement.” Filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. conducts an in-person Q&A after the screening.
Tweeked director Beth Dewey appears in conversation with Nic Sheff, author of The New York Times bestselling books Growing Up On Methamphetamines and We All Fall Down: Living With Addiction.
Produced by Writers In Treatment, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that gives scholarships to rehab, and is dedicated to reducing the stigma of addiction and the anonymity of recovery. Contact Leonard Buschel at (818) 762-0461.
Complete schedule: www.reelrecoveryfilmfestival.com.