REEL Recovery Film Festival

What a Great Year!

Thank you to the Sponsors, Attendees and Filmmakers of the
2018 REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles and New York!


The expression “We would like to thank our sponsors,” is one of those phrases we hear so often that it’s easy to forget WHY we thank our sponsors, and what that actually means.  I’m not talking about 12-Step Sponsors this time.  I’m speaking of those whose financial participation makes the unique experience of the Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposiums in Los Angeles and New York City such an incredible success.

There is more to the Reel Recovery Film Festivals than awards or viewers in the theaters.  Filmmakers of all genres nationwide vie for inclusion in our program, and many are the cinema pros who got their first boost in the Reel Recovery Film Festivals, giving us a hint of their artistry and creativity to come.  The arts are among the most powerful means in altering attitudes and challenging perceptions.  Prejudice, stigma and superstition can be impacted by one film, opening minds and changing hearts.

I would love to tell you that the Reel Recovery Film Festivals have saved lives.  Okay, I will tell you that the Reel Recovery Film Festivals have saved lives, reunited families that were once torn apart, and created positive dialogue between those who will never know what it is to want or need or crave “recovery” and those who live it.

Hard data to back up that claim? When it comes to recovery, anecdotal evidence is the best evidence in the world. When someone says, “I’m alive today because…” or ‘My child is alive today because…”  I say, “Please thank our sponsors. It was they who made it possible.”

Thankfully, we have smart, savvy, sensible, sensitive and insightful sponsors who know they are getting valuable exposure not only in our program, on screen and in our promotional material, but in the tens of thousands of Addiction/Recovery e-Bulletins that go out weekly.  More importantly, sponsors of the Reel Recovery Film Festivals know for a fact that they are presenting film festivals like none other. Plus, they like it when people say “Thank you for sponsoring the Reel Recovery Film Festivals. You don’t know how many lives and hearts you have touched. We will never forget you.”

In order to never forget them, please take a moment to refresh your memory of those who make the Reel Recovery Film Festivals a reality.

A LOOK BACK:  Writers In Treatment’s 10th Annual Los Angeles
REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium® presented with the generous support of Addiction Policy Forum
October 24-30, 2018
Laemmle Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025


Get Tickets:
Chuckaholics Presents Barry Diamond’s Comedy Intervention
Saturday, October 27, 8:00PM


Call for Information: (818) 762-0461


Writers In Treatment’s 6th Annual New York
REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium® presented with the generous support of Addiction Policy Forum
November 2-8, 2018
Village East Cinema
181-189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003










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Writers In Treatment is proud to present The REEL Recovery Film Festival. This multi-day event is  a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity. We showcase filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans.




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