The Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposium presented by Addiction Policy Forum and Writers In Treatment will launch in Los Angeles, running from October 24th through October 30th at Laemmle’s Royal Theater, followed by New York City at the Village East Cinema, November 2nd through November 8th.
The will reach a major milestone: its 10th year of celebrating film, the arts, and creativity through honest films depicting addiction, alcoholism, mental health issues, treatment and recovery. The week-long festival showcases more than 50 short, documentary and feature films.
In Los Angeles, starting Wednesday, October 24th, the 10th Anniversary opening night festivities will feature two films and an Opening Night Reception. The launch of the festival begins at 5:00 pm with the short film, Cleaner Daze, directed by Tess Sweet (Q&A with director following) then at 6:00pm, guests will attend an Opening Night Reception at Safir followed by the tragic yet awe-inspiring feature film Andy Irons: Kissed By God at 8:00 pm.
On Friday, October 26th, at 8pm is the centerpiece film, Eric Clapton: A LIfe in 12 Bars. The award-winning music-documentary directed by Lili Fini Zanuck for Showtime, is look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton, told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison. Admission is FREE, sponsored by Crossroads Centre Antigua.
The closing night program begins at 6:00 pm on October 30 with the feature Up to Snuff, a humorous and poignant look at the man behind the music; W.G. Snuffy Walden, directed by Mark Maxey, featuring actor Martin Sheen, lead singer of The Animals Eric Burdon, and writer/producer Marshall Herskovitz (Traffic, Love and Other Drugs). There will also be an 8:00pm special screening and Q & A with Jerry Stahl of Permanent Midnight, written by Jerry Stahl and starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Maria Bello and Elizabeth Hurley.
Other highlighted film screening events include Animals, starring David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man, Ant-man and Wasp), who will host a Q&A along with the director, Collin Schiffli on Monday Oct 29th at 7:30, and a FREE admission screening of the 30th Anniversary of the 80’s classic Clean and Sober, starring Michael Keaton as a hustling drug addict who checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, then realizes that it’s exactly what he needs.
All week long, attendees will be treated to nightly films followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers/expert panels and thoughtful discussions including Holly’s Girl, by Paulina Lagudi, a thriller about bulimia and Harry Wiland’s Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic. (Full film slate TBA).
On Saturday October 27th a highlight will be a comedy night presented by Chuckaholics, Barry Diamond’s Comedy Intervention at 8:00pm. This event features Barry Diamond and several well-known comedians with tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.
Los Angeles Sponsors include: Brandi’s Wish, Freedom TCOC, The Fix, Solstice Clinic, Balboa Horizons, Gratitude recovery, Addiction Therapeutic Services, Pillars Recovery, CAADE, Zen Life Recovery, Genesis Programs, My 12 Step Store, Friendly House, Pax House Recovery, Rock To Recovery, Chuckaholics, Hazelden/Betty Ford Center, Social Model Recovery, Restore, Propping Up Recovery & Jericho Rose.
New York Sponsors Include: The Guest House Ocala, Urban Recovery, The Fix, Seabrook, Propping Up Recovery & Jericho Rose.
Leonard Lee Buschel is available for interviews via phone/skype or in person. Media Contact: Nadine Jolson 310 614 3214 jolsoncreativePR@mac.com
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