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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.

For more information, contact Leonard Buschel at leonard@writersintreatment.org

Or, you can call (818) 762-0461.

Writers In TreatmentWriters In Treatment (WIT) offers free referrals for individuals suffering from alcoholism or addiction. We publish the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin® and produce the national REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium.


Director, Producer & Supporting Cast

Leonard Buschel, Founder & Director

Robert Downey Sr., Vice Chairman

Chris Lukather, Graphic Designer

Kara Johnson, Videographer


To learn more about Writers In Treatment, view our

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Nuovo-Cinema-Paradiso-6Leonard Lee Buschel is a former California Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with years of experience working directly with people struggling with addiction. He attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Mr. Buschel is the founder and director of the eight year old REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium and the editor/publisher of the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. He also produces the yearly Experience, Strength and Hope Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He just celebrated 22 years clean and sober. His love affair with movies started in Philadelphia, where he could walk to three different theaters, watch matinees and hide in the balcony until the night time films were shown. Now considers his drug of choice to be “going to the cinema.” Or as he pretentiously says, “films, not movies.”

Contact: 818-762-0461 or leonard@writersintreatment.org

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