The 2014 REEL Recovery Film Festival

by E. "Doc" Smith on April 18, 2014

“The REEL Recovery Film Festival” is a four-day festival, taking place during National Alcohol Awareness Month, and will present 33 select feature-length and short, fictional and factual alcohol and drug addiction themed films in twenty sessions at two locations, (The Embarcadero in SF and San Rafael Film Center, April 24th-27th) and include two world premieres that highlight the disease as well as the hope and opportunity for recovery. There will be expert panel discussions following most of the screenings.

The festival will be screening such films as “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, and the documentaries “Sober Indian – Dangerous Indian” (a world premiere), “The Honour of All,” “Bill W,” and “Russell Brand: My Life Without Drugs.” There will also be an opening night symposium called “Chasing the Muse – When You’re Stone Cold Sober,” moderated by KCBS and KRON4 Film Critic Jan Wahl. Other participants in this candid conversation are Michael Pritchard, Beverly Allen, Scott Stevens, Jackie Bendzinski, Michael Shapiro and Mario Cipollina. “From The Lost Weekend to The Days of Wine and Roses to Flight, film has the power to help transport us to sobriety, one day at a time,” stated Wahl.

“Sober Indian – Dangerous Indian” is a documentary about Pine Ridge, South Dakota tribal members seeking empowerment through sobriety on the eve of their tribe’s vote to repeal prohibition on August 13, 2013. “As a former state liquor prosecutor, I’ve followed Alcohol Justice’s work for the past five years,” stated the film’s director John Maisch. “So I’m honored to premiere my documentary at the REEL Recovery Film Festival.”
 
“The event is a collaborative effort by San Rafael-based Alcohol Justice and Studio City-based Writers In Treatment, founded by Leonard Buschel,” stated Michael Scippa, Director of Public Affairs for Alcohol Justice. “We are holding it during National Alcohol Awareness Month to help bring alcoholism and addiction out of the closet, reduce the stigma, and raise public awareness that it is not a moral failing but a devastating disease that, like other potentially fatal diseases, requires specialized treatment.”

The four-day festival takes place primarily at the Delancey Street Foundation Theater on The Embarcadero in San Francisco. There will also be special sessions for youth and families at the California Film Institute’s beautifully restored Art Deco Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael where “Behind the Orange Curtain,” and “On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery” (a world premiere) will be screened.

 It is the policy of the REEL Recovery Film Festival to charge a nominal ticket price for most of the sessions ($5), and to allow anyone admittance regardless of their ability to pay, if seats are available. Tickets are available now through BrownPaperTickets.com.

For More Information go to: http://reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org/san-francisco-bay-area-edition/

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