FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2018
FESTIVAL CHANGES HEARTS/ MINDS ABOUT ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS THRU FILM
The Film and Recovery Community’s Annual Event Announces 2018 Schedule
Los Angeles, CA —Writers In Treatment and TheShareTV’s 10th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium unveils this year’s program and events taking place October 24th-30th at the Laemmle’s Royal Theater in West L.A.
JUST ADDED *** Chuckaholics Presents, Barry Diamond’s Comedy Intervention – Saturday October 27. Barry and comedians take over the theater for a night of chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs.
Opening Night will showcase an eye-opening documentary about surfing legend, Andy Irons, entitled ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD, directed by Steve Jones and Todd Jones. Award-winning documentary, UP TO SNUFF, starring W.G. ‘Snuffy’ Walden, directed by Mark Maxey, featuring actor Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”, APOCALYPSE NOW), the legendary Eric Burdon (lead singer, The Animals), and writer/producer Marshall Herskovitz (TRAFFIC, THE LAST SAMURAI, BLOOD DIAMOND; “Thirtysomething”) will screen as well. Shorts and feature-length narrative films include “Cleaner Daze” by Tess Sweet, “Holly’s Girl”, by Paulina Lagudi, a thriller about bulimia and Harry Wiland’s Do No Harm.
THE REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL & SYMPOSIUM was created in 2008 by Leonard Buschel to shine a light on the ongoing epidemic of substance abuse and mental disorders and to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that still plague these issues. “Over the last decade, the Reel Recovery Film Festival has entertained, inspired and educated numerous clinicians and treatment professionals, people in recovery and their families, and the public-at-large with timely films and stimulating discussions,” shares Leonard Buschel, Founder and Executive Director. He added, “None of this would be possible without the incredible support of our sponsors and the filmmakers who seek to share their work with the world.”
This year’s festival is generously sponsored by:
Hazelden/Betty Ford • Brandi’s Wish • The ShareTV
Rock to Recovery • Balboa Horizons
Pillars Recovery • Freedom TCOC
My 12-Step Store • Victory Detox Center
Gratitude Recovery • Addiction Therapeutic Services
Leonard Buschel and filmmakers are available for phone interviews.
For more information:
Ahbra Kay Schiff
Director of Operations & Outreach