2017 Los Angeles RRFF Schedule


 Presented by Writers In Treatment & KLEAN Treatment Centers
with Luminance Recovery & Anaheim Lighthouse

9th Annual Los Angeles
REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium®

Oct. 20-26, 2017

Laemmle NoHo Cinema
5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601


(Schedule subject to change)







Friday, Oct. 20 – 5:30 pm

5:30pm — Meet & Greet filmmakers and band members
The Federal
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
(Across the street from Laemmle NoHo)

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Friday, Oct. 20 – 8:00pm

8:00pm — The Long Way Back

(2017) After losing his friend, Bradley Nowell of Sublime, to a heroin overdose, Todd Zalkins aka “Z-MAN” fights his own addiction. Against all odds, Todd is able to break a 17-year addiction to prescription painkillers and dedicates his life to helping others who struggle with alcoholism and addiction, including, ironically Bradley Nowell’s son Jakob. Director Mike Meeker. 90 minutes
Special appearance by Todd Zalkins and Director Mike Meeker




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Saturday, Oct. 21 – 1:00pm

1:00pm — On the Road to Recovery

(2017) Filmmaker Michael DeLeon travels the US in search of inspiring stories of hope and recovery while the nation is in the grips of the worst public social crisis in its history, the Opiate epidemic. Director Michael DeLeon. 48 minutes
Personal appearance by Michael DeLeon

Saturday, Oct. 21 – 2:00pm

2:00pm — Foreel Men

(2012) 3 guys come together in recovery, despite different adversities and decide to share their experience strength and hope with others who are struggling so they can change and become a light to the world. Directed by Manny Mendez. 24 minutesPersonal appearance by Manny Mendez, filmmaker

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Saturday, Oct. 21 – 3:00pm

3:00pm — The Tenth Step

(2017) World-renowned Himalayan expedition leader Gerry Moffatt embarks on a 4,000 mile solo motorcycle adventure across the Himalayas for his 50th birthday to explore the changes and challenges he’s experienced over his 30 years of guiding.  Directed by Gerry Moffatt.  62 minutes

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Saturday, Oct. 21 – 5:00pm

5:00pm — In the Spotlight

(2014) Can your greatest fear become your greatest passion?  At the peak of Earla’s social phobia she was housebound for six years.  Today she is challenged with unstable medication, financially supporting herself, and appearing in various media outlets as a mental health advocate. Can her passion to help other outweigh her fear of people? Directed by Katie Cooper. 64 minutes
IN PERSON: Director Katie Cooper

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Saturday, Oct. 21 – 7:00pm

7:00pm — Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

(2012) Cannabis, booze, acid, speed, coke, crack, heroin … Russell took drugs every single day. At one point he was afraid he might die. This film takes a look at alcoholism and addiction as a health issue not a criminal or judicial issue as it is often misunderstood to be. Directed by Ross Wilson. 60 minutes

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Saturday, Oct. 21 – 8:00pm

8:00pm — 15th Anniversary Screening Pure

(2002) Starring Molly Parker best known for her role as Jackie Sharp on House of Cards and Keira Knightley. A young boy trying to deal with his mother’s heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation. Directed by Gillies MacKinnon. 96 minutes



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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 1:00pm

1:00pm — Bar Fights

2017) Full-length black and white film from a first time filmmaker. Experience this gritty modern drama in old school black & white. Based out of the Pine Barrens, near Atlantic City, a young, hardcore, alcoholic, drinks to endure his mundane life. The taste of loneliness, boredom and desire for connection lingers long after the film is over. Directed by Michael Nitkowski. 78 minutesPersonal appearance and Q&A with director, Michael Nitkowski

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm

3:00pm — Flush the John

(2016) A devoted wife and mother deals with the repercussions of her husband’s public arrest.  Flush the John takes us through the aftermath of a highly publicized Long Island prostitution sting and the impact it has on one marriage in particular.  Inspired by true events. Directed by Bianca Jamotte La Roux. 9 minutes

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm

Pass the Baton

(2010) A touching story that explores the relationship between a mother and daughter who are dealing with trichotillomania, a process disorder that compels the afflicted to pull out their hair. Based on star, Hannah Sussman’s, real life experience.  Directed by Suzi Landophi. 18 minutesPersonal appearance and Q&A with star Hannah Sussman

Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm

In Bed

(2017) A powerful and raw look into the private struggles of having Binge Eating Disorder. BED is the most common eating disorder among adults.  But remains underrepresented in media and mental health treatment plans. Directed by Leila Vatan. 14 minutes
Personal appearance by writer Lisa Donato

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm

I’m In

(2017) “I’m In” reveals the inner ramblings of the mind of a man during moments of solitude, exercising, work, sleep, wandering…Sound boring? Well, you’ve never heard the unfiltered inner dialogue of Wilfred Alderson. Directed by Dave Perry. 13 minutesPersonal appearance and Q&A with director Dave Perry


Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm


(2017) Directed by 5-time Emmy award winning actress and star of CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, Heather Tom. One man recounts his tale of addiction, recovery, family and regret during a Narcotics Anonymous meeting that is anything but ordinary. Directed by Heather Tom. 11 minutes
Introduction by directory Heather Tom

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm

Crab Trap

(2017) Crawling back from the edge of society, Thirsty tries to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to gain access to his daughter once again. Crab Trap is a heartbreaking story of the isolation and marginalization of alcoholism.Directed by Shea Sizemore. 25 minutes

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm


(2017) Winner of HBO’s APA visionaries contest. “What can I get to you?”  That is the question driving conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, he confronts racism and the immorality of his occupation. Directed by Dinh Thai. 18 minutesPersonal appearance and Q&A with director Dinh Thai

Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm

Five Boxes:  Gambling Addiction 

(2015) A washed up twenty something year old, who was once the hometown hero and track star, is convinced by a local sweetheart to run a marathon and get his life back on track. Starring Eric Nelsen ( A Walk Among the Tombstones), Courtney Baxter (Sharknado) and Josh Flitter (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ). Director Joseph Pernice. 91 minutes

Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3:00pm


(2017) Due to unforeseen circumstances friendships are formed. As we follow six different stories a common thread emerges. Realizing the future of their mental stability lies in assisting each other grow the group bands together.Directed by Paul John Cook. 18 minutes

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 7:00pm

7:00pm — The Man Who Built Peace 

(2017) A must for AA historians.  Frank Buchman, founder of the Oxford Group the inspiration for AA, changed the world.  Following an experience of personal suffering and transformation, he helped the course of history by uniting the bitterest enemies of World War II. Directed by Imad Karam. 60 minutesPersonal appearance and Q&A with Jay Stinnet

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Sunday, Oct. 22 – 8:30pm

8:30pm — Bill W. A Documentary About the Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

(2012)Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of AA, a man included in TIMEmagazine’s 100 persons of the twentieth century. Through interviews, recreations and rare archival material the audience sees how Bill W, went from a hopeless drunk to the co-founder of one of the most important social movements of the twentieth century and on to today. Directed by Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino. 103 minutes
Personal Appearance by director Dan Carracino



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Monday, Oct. 23 – 1:00pm

1:00pm — Dying in Vein

(2017) A deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction that drops you directly into the lives of people in recovery; a couple trying to get clean, a family grieving with loss and an ER physician trying to save one patient at a time. Directed by Jenny Mackenzie. 71 minutesPersonal appearance by star of film, Maddy Cardon, and director Jenny Mackenzie


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Monday, Oct. 23 – 3:00pm

3:00pm — Going Sane

(2017) “A very moving and disturbing film”, TED talks Andrew Solomon. Over the last thirty years America has more that quadrupled its mental health spending and significantly increased the number of mental health professionals…yet many of the most common mental illnesses are on the rise. What is the mental health industry is part of the problem? Directed by Josh Sabey. 66 minutesPersonal appearance by writer Lisa Donato

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Monday, Oct. 23 – 5:00pm

5:00pm — ASK

(2015) Can love survive addiction and codependency? ASK explores the questions that weigh on every addict and perplex those who love them. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE. Directed by Kurt Neale. 82 minutesPersonal appearance by Executive producer and Director Kurt Neale and Kickstarter and Creative Collaborator Julie Neale

Monday, Oct. 23 – 7:00pm

7:00pm — Candy and Ronnie

(2017) A young man awakens on his couch and pieces together a dark romantic weekend that will change his life forever. A sexy, feverish dip into the seductive waters of drugs and unrivaled promiscuity. Directed by Skyko. 16 minutesPersonal appearance by director Skyko, and co-producer Tyler Tackett

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(No charge, courtesy of REEL Recovery Film Festival)

Monday, Oct. 23 – 7:45pm

7:45pm — Trainspotting – Back to Back Double Feature

(1996) “…a seering pop-art portrait of a lost generation blowing out its brains” Chicago Tribune. Directed by Danny Boyle. 93 minutes


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Monday, Oct. 23 – 7:45pm

Trainspotting II – Back to Back Double Feature

(2017) “Like the excellent original, this worthy sequel is similarly distinguished by some memorable set-pieces, superb dialogue and smashing performances.  Directed by Danny Boyle. 1 hour 58 minutes



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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 1:00pm

Lost and Found

(2017) Lost and Found is a short animated film that demonstrates visually and through music, the impact complex trauma may have on the development of a child as he progresses into young adulthood. Directed by Elizabeth Licht. 9 minutes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 1:00pm

Rosie, Oh

(2016) An unsupervised little girl goes looking for her lost dog, only to unexpectedly find something else lost.  A dark and compelling story told from the viewpoint of an innocent but precocious child…Roald Dahl would love this. Directed by Andy Kroeger. 8 minutesPersonal appearance and Q&A with director Andy Kroeger

Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 1:00pm

Something’s Wrong With Cameron

(2017) Cameron is a confused young adult in the midst of a manic episode. His friends, unaware of his condition, struggle to control his actions. Tensions rise as Cameron dives deeper and deeper into psychosis. Directed by Max Nelson. 7 minutes

Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 1:00pm

Through Her Eyes

(2017) Through her eyes, follows a woman during a typical day in her life. However as she continues going about her day, the weight of her constant paranoia anxiety and disturbing thoughts become too much to bear. Directed by India McKinney. 7 minutes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 1:00pm


(2017) A father dealing with his own demons become suspicious that his son is hiding something from him.  Winner IndieFEST Film Awards 2017. Directed by Michael Scarnati. 14 minutes

Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 1:00pm

Black Friday

(2017) Black Friday deals with Rwenshaun Miller and his fight to bring Mental Health Awareness to the Black community in his native town of Bertie County, North Carolina.Directed by AJ Bartlett. 27 minutes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 3:00pm

3:00pm — Overtaken – DOUBLE FEATURE

(2010) Unintentional, fatal drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels across the United States. This short documentary features the battle of addiction as told by those whose young lives were overtaken by drugs. Although, produced in 2010, the issue of prescription opiate addiction is even more relevant today. Directed by Jodi Barber. 27 minutes
Personal appearance by director Jodi Barber

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 3:00pm

Overtaken 2 – Where Are They Now?

(2014) Follows up on the lives of many of the young adults that appeared in the original film, all of whom have stayed clean and sober. The film deals with the topics of addiction, sobriety and recovery. Directed by Jodi Barber. 32 minutes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 4:30pm

4:30pm — Give & Grow

(2016) Many of move through life executing our talent bur not honouring our gift.  This film explores the difference between the two on an emotional, mental and scientific level. Give & Grow follows a group of people to India as they strive to uncover their true calling. Filmed in the beautiful, magical countries of India and Nepal. Directed by Matthew Lutz and Justin Gutwein. 57 minutes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 6:30pm

6:30pm —Recovering

(2017) In this hour-long pilot, Cally Claremont, the adult child of an alcoholic (and so naturally, a recovering perfectionist), must seek help from her estranged sister and a famously sober rock star in order to save her unique treatment center from closing its doors. Directed by Carly Keyes. 46 minutesSpecial appearance and Q&A with Creator Carly Keyes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 7:30pm

7:30pm — Chasing Yesterday

(2015) A washed up twenty-something, who was once the hometown hero and track star, is convinced by a local sweetheart to run a marathon and get his life back on track. Starring Steve Schirripa of the Sopranos. Directed by Joseph Pernice. 91 minutes

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Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 9:30pm

9:30pm — Traveling with Ani – LA Premiere

(2017) A young woman struggles with drug addiction trying to find happiness with her life, art and love ends up on the streets where she discovers a friend that joins her on psychedelic trips. Directed by John McNulty. 36 minutesSpecial appearance and Q&A with co-writer and star Elexa Kaisu Poropudas

Tuesday, Oct. 24 – 9:00pm


(2015) A desperate man finds himself trapped in a seemingly endless loop and his only companion is trying to push him deeper down. Charlie is a Twilight Zone thriller custom made for the recovery community. Directed By Alex Briere. 28 minutes





Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 1:00pm

Chasing The Lion

(2016) The story of Lionel Sanders’ struggle with drug abuse and mental illness and how he is transitioning into one of the best Ironman triathlete’s in the world. Directed by Matthew Johnston.  17 minutes


Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 1:00pm


(2016) Native America Paul Antonio’s dreams are dashed at a young age. Decades later, after addictions, deaths and long imprisonment he reclaims his hope for himself and his people. Directed by Lindsay Daniels. 6 minutes

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Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 1:00pm


(2017) Repeat Performance. Winner of HBO’s APA visionaries contest. “What can I get to you?”  That is the question driving conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money.  As he code-switches through various cliques, he confronts racism and the immorality of his occupation.  Directed by Dinh Thai. 18 minutes

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Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 1:00pm

Square One

(2016) Ryan is a 30-year old alcoholic, yearning to escape of his own behavior. Despite drowning in guilt and shame, his drinking has only worsened over the years. After many countless mistakes Ryan finally finds the courage to seek help. Directed by Ryan Slattery. 16 minutes
Special appearance by director Ryan Slattery

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Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 3:00pm

3:00pm — Coach Jake

(2017) At 70 years old, Martin “Coach Jake” Jacobson is the most winning high school coach in New York City history.  Both on the soccer field and off, this season may be his toughest yet.  With a rapidly advancing liver disease and age taking its toll his legacy as a winner is on the line as the clock on his life and career begin to wind down. Directed by Ian Phillips. 1 hour 22 minute

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Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 5:00pm

5:00pm — Patient’s Rites

(2015) Unique, informative, musical!  Issa Ibrahim combines his personal experience having spent 18 years in an asylum, with music videos reminiscent of early 80’s MTV. Directed by Issa Ibrahim. 48 minutes

Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 6:00pm

Four films written by kids for kids, produced by Kids In The Spotlight.
Directed by industry professionals.

6:00pm — Blind But Now I See

(2016) A group of Catholic school girls explore sneaking out to a party and find out partying is not all it’s cracked up to be. 9 minutes

I’m Not Normal

(2016) A teenage boy is tormented by guilt after the death of his sister. 10 minutes


(2016) The lives of three girls intersect in a way that will forever alter their perspectives on love, friendship and freedom. 10 minutes

Life Through My Eyes

(2016) After a girl runs away from the group home, her diary helps the girls in the home learn they are not alone. 9 minutes


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Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 7:00pm

7:00pm — Less Than Zero

(1997) College freshman, Clay, comes home for the holidays to find his ex-girlfriend abusing cocaine and sleeping with his best friend, Julian.  He also learns that Julian has become a drug addict whose life is spinning out of control. Starring Robert Downey Jr. in an eerily prescient role. Directed by Marek Kanievska. 1 hour 38 minutes


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Wednesday, Oct. 25 – 9:00pm

9:00pm — Barfly

(1997) Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway at their booziest and ballsiest. Directed by Barbet Schoeder. 1 hour 40 minutes




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Thursday, Oct. 26 – 1:00pm

1:00pm — Reefer Madness

(1936) Classic American propaganda film which luridly warns of the attraction of marijuana and the resulting descent into crime, immorality and madness of those lured to their destruction. Directed by Louis Gasnier. 68 minutes


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Thursday, Oct. 26 – 3:00pm

3:00pm — Wounds We Cannot See

(2017) The story of Nancy Ross, who while serving in the US Navy was violently raped and now suffers from PTSD and struggles with addiction and depression.  Hers is a story of hope and transformation. Directed by Alexander Freeman. 59 minutesSpecial appearance by composer Miro Kepinski

Thursday, Oct. 26 – 5:00pm

5:00pm — Closing Night Reception –
All Are Welcome

$25 for Party, Coming KLEAN, and Welcome to the Men’s Group
The Federal
5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA

(Across the street from Laemmle NoHo)


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Thursday, Oct. 26 – 7:00pm

7:00pm — Coming KLEAN

Stunning visual testimonies to the glory and hope of recovery. Presented by Klean Treatment Center. 26 minutes

Panel Discussion to follow with Andrew Spanswick, CEO, KLEAN Treatment Centers

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Thursday, Oct. 26 – 8:00pm

8:00pm — Welcome to the Men’s Group

(2017) Starring Timothy Bottoms and Mackenzie AstinA comedy-drama about the inner life of men, and the honest, sometimes brutally honest way they bond with each other. Directed by Joseph Culp. 2 hours

Post screening discussion to follow, facilitated by Joanna Cassidy (Bladerunner, Six Feet Under, Odd Mom Out)











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