Thursday, October 11, 2018

REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL Celebrates 10th Year in LA - OCT 24-30

When:  OCT 24 - OCT 30
SCREENING TIMES: Thursday 1-8, Friday -Tuesday 2-8, Last film is at 8:00pm
Where: LAEMMLE ROYAL THEATER - 11523 Santa Monica Blvd 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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The Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposium presented by Addiction Policy Forum and Writers In Treatment will launch in Los Angeles, from October 24th through October 30th at Laemmle’s Royal Theater. There will be an opening night reception at Reception at Safir, A World Class Mediterranean Restaurant. Please RSVP for opening night coverage asap. Press passes for the festival can be arranged.

Reel Recovery Film Festival reaches a major milestone as we enter the 10th year, celebrating film and the arts through films depicting addiction, alcoholism, mental health issues, treatment and recovery. The week-long festival showcases more than 50 short, documentary and feature films.

OPENING NIGHT - Wednesday, October 24th - 5:00pm
In Los Angeles, starting Wednesday, October 24th, the 10th Anniversary opening night festivities will feature two films and an Opening Night Reception at Safir, West LA, a World Class Mediterranean Restaurant.

Beginning at 5:00pm the first film is a short titled, Cleaner Daze, directed by Tess Sweet (Q&A with director following) then at 6:00pm, guests will attend the Reception at Safir followed by more film programming with the tragic yet awe-inspiring feature  Andy Irons: Kissed By God at 8:00 pm.

CENTERPIECE FILM - Friday, October 26 - 8:00pm
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.

CLOSING NIGHT - Tuesday, October 30 6:00 pm
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.

The Reel Recovery Film Festival heads to New York City November 2nd through November 8th with screenings, Q&A sessions at the Village East Cinema.  New York Sponsors Include: The Guest House Ocala, Urban Recovery, The Fix, Seabrook, Propping Up Recovery & Jericho Rose.

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