New York 2013 Edition


2nd Annual
REEL Recovery Film Festival
New York City Edition 2013

Presented by Writers In Treatment

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2013

Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

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2013 Film Festival Schedule

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Highlights from September 27 – October 3, 2013

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1:00 PM

Successful Alcoholics (26 min)


Successful Alcoholics (2012) It’s a great poignant little film to show to budding alcoholics. Things like the DTs, memory issues and prolific vomiting aren’t especially laughable. However the pleasing attitude, and delightful performances perfectly mask the subtle yet powerful message. Starring T.J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Nick Krol, Maribeth Monroe. Jordan Vogt-Roberts just enjoyed great success with this year’s summer hit, The Kings of Summer. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 26 minutes


The Beast Within (30 min)

The Beast Within (2012) is a riveting presentation by the founder of the 23 year old program, EXPONENTS in Manhattan. A rebel with a cause for many years, Howard Josepher’s EXPONENTS has been hailed as one of the best treatment facilities by treatment professionals and politicians, and most importantly by thousands of clients who walk the streets as free men and women thanks to Howard’s guidance and love. 30 minutes

IN PERSON: Howard Josepher


2:30 PM

RADIOMAN (90 min)

RADIOMAN (2012) The NEW YORK film set mascot who overcame homelessness and alcoholism to become a fixture of the New York film industry, with over 100 small parts to his name. Directed by Mary Kerr. 90 minutes “SHREWD” The Guardian

• “DEFT AND CLEAR EYED” Sight and Sound


• “Fascinating” The Observer

• “CHARMING” Mark Kermode




4:30 PM

Opening Reception (90 min)

4:30-6PM Reception – Rich coffee and gourmet sweets
GrapeVine Restaurant @ The Jade Hotel
52 W. 13th St. (a few doors down from the QUAD)
NYC NY 10011


7:00 PM

The Silent Majority (45 min)


“All teenagers, their parents and teachers need to wake up and watch The Silent Majority. Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, Medical Examiners have been ahead of the teen addiction story on so many tragic levels for years. With this documentary, the public can finally see solution.” FELIX VEGA prosecutor, Legal Analyst. Produced/directed/written by Leslie & Lindsey Glass

“We are so amazed by the quality and content of ‘Silent Majority’…it effectively presented Road Recovery in a very comprehensive manner. With genuine care and sensitivity for the teens we service, [the Glasses earned] the trust of our organization that has never allowed such access with cameras rolling. We watched the documentary with pure amazement and gratitude!” -Gene Bowen & Jack Bookbinder, Co-founders Road Recovery. 45 minutes

IN PERSON: producers/directors/writers Leslie Glass, Lindsey Glass & Company


9:00 PM

Paul Williams: Still Alive (84 min)

Paul Williams Still Alive (2012) Charming, poignant and very funny, this documentary is a wonderful testament to a truly gifted artist for whom the end of fame was not the end of him, thanks to his 12-step lifestyle. Starring Paul Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Blake, Willie Nelson, Warren Beatty, Deborah Harry. Directed by Stephen Kessler. 84 minutes



Brightwood (19 min)

Brightwood (2012) Drug addicts can just as easily be your ‘perfect’ family next door. The disease is a monster, it doesn’t care who it picks and the even more important message, the people it effects around you keep moving forward, with or without you. Missing out and feeling left behind is the choice we choose to make all on our own. Directed by L. Gabriel Gonda. 19 minutes

IN PERSON: Screenwriter LaDora Sella


Hiding Games (13 min)

Hiding Games (2013)Wolrd Premiere. A girl learns to cope with her mother’s meth addiction in rural Appalachia. Starring Lexi Herndon, Trey Herndon and Melissa McMeekin. Directed by Michael Wright. 13 minutes

IN PERSON: writer/producer/director Michael Wright along with the leading cast members


Dear Daddy (8min)

Dear Daddy (2013) NEW YORK premiere. This short follows young actress, Emma Walek and her dog, through a journey of love, passion and heart ache. Then the adult message. Directed by Sandra Capra. 8 minutes


Sober (9 min)

Sober (2013) Marta McGonagle is a Los Angeles based director of her own true story. Twelve years ago she caused a drunk driving accident, which put her sister in the hospital, paralized, unable to walk again. She devloped this short film in hopes to prevent others from making the same decision. She travels around the world speaking in high schools telling her story. she has appearedon Good Morning America and will continue to share her story in hopes of saving lives. Directed by Marta McGonagle. 9 minutes


Sober Since (5 min)

Sober Since (2010) David, an alcoholic father, struggles to clean up his act after his 13-year-old daughter is raped by a family friend. Directed by Royce Isaac, starring Alex Lane and Madison Lawlor. 5 minutes


Within (20 min)

Within (2010) A writer follows the same destructive path as his father. Suffering from emotional pain, on the brinks of suicide, he chooses to be guided by a guardian angel who helps him discover the love and strength he needs to survive. Directed by Alex Lane. 20 minutes


The Art Fix (12min)

The Art Fix (2013) This poignant piece illustrates the healing power of Creativity in the Recovery process. Shot in a major New York Hospital, this film captures how the power of art, video, and group dynamics facilitates safe self-expression in recovery. The Video Group, created by Lena Friedman documented this process. This group consists of clients, volunteers and additional staff working collaboratively. Through the video making process although the group was still learning the medium, they were able to discover their voice and give voice to the power of creative arts therapies. 12 minutes

IN PERSON: Lena Friedman and Friends


Sober St. Patrick’s Day (5 min)

Sober St. Patrick’s Day® Mission: “To reclaim the true spirit of the day and to change the perception and experience of what St. Patrick’s Day can be, by providing family-friendly, alcohol free events celebrating the best of Irish music, dance and comedy.” A celebration of Irish culture sans the Guinness. 5 minutes

IN PERSON: William Reilly


3:30 PM

Bill W. (104 min)

Bill W. (2012) tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous with Dr. Bob Smith. Bill W. was included in TIME Magazine’s “100 Persons of the 20th Century.” Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. Directed by Dan Carracino and Kevin Hanlon. Starring Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob, Lois Wilson, Ebby Thatcher. 104 minutes

IN PERSON: Director/Producers Kevin Hanlon & Dan Carracino


7:00 PM

Perfection (85 min)

Perfection ( 2012) NEW YORK premiere! Kristabelle, still living with her Mother, cuts herself to feel alive. Her Mother, addicted to plastic surgery also cuts herself trying to maintain her youth. Through the help of a pot smoking young lover, a newly sober British stand up comic and Chinese medicine they all find that love and beauty can be more than skin deep. Directed, starring and written by Christina Beck. 85 minutes

IN PERSON: Director Christina Beck


9:00 PM

Rock Bottom (90 min)

Rock Bottom (2006) Groundbreaking documentary that reveals multiple and complex layers of personal and collective trauma which haunts contemporary gay male identity: loss, survival, guilt, fear, depression, and addiction. Rock Bottom needs to be seen, but above it all, it demands to be discussed to support and sustain gay men’s health in the 21st Century. Directed by Jay Corcoran. 61 minutes

IN PERSON: Jay Corcoran



1:00 PM

Acts of Worship (94 min)

Acts of worship (2003) 10 Year Anniversary screening. This feels like more than a movie… it’s as there was some sort of peephole into the addict’s world of real people living from one fix to the next in New York City. The acting in this movie was impeccable. Not since 1971’s Panic in Needle Park has there been such an honest and nitty gritty portrayal of a young druggie in Lower Manhattan and her friendship with a photographer, who happens to be a former junkie as well. Well known stage actress Ana Reeder is a revelation. Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez, starring Ana Reeder, Michael Hyatt and Nestor Rodriguez. 94 minutes


3:00 PM

Heart and Soul (20 min)


Heart and Soul (2012) The film addresses the fact that individuals with mental health and substance use issues are dying, on average, 25 years younger than the general population.

The film is narrated by Ted “The Golden Voice” Williams, whose recovery story was featured on Dr. Phil and Today after his viral YouTube video showing him homeless on the streets of Columbus, OH reached more than 20 million viewers. Ted also shares his story in Heart and Soul. 20 minutes

IN PERSON: Director Sean Campbell & friends


4:00 PM

Artistic Freedom in Recovery (90 min)

“Artistic Freedom in Recovery”, Donna Chavous of A&E’s TV show INTERVENTION hosts a panel of New York artists to discuss the creative process in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and to dispel the myth that creativity flows better while under the influence of addictive substances.


join this REEL Recovery Film Festival event to share their own experiences healing their imagination and pursuing their artistic journeys in recovery. 90 minutes


7:00 PM

Behind the Orange Curtain (60min)

Behind the Orange Curtain (2012) delves into the staggering epidemic of teenage Rx drug abuse deaths in one of the most affluent counties in America. Who is to blame? Doctors? Pharmaceutical Company’s? Parents? Or Our Society? Young, privileged teenagers are dying of overdoses at record numbers in Orange County, California. This fearless documentary asks the hard questions and helps educate parents and kids. Directed by Brent Huff. Starring Aisha Armer, Jodi Barber, and Geoff Blaylock. 60 minutes

IN PERSON: Co-producer, Jamison Monroe Jr. director of Newport Academy for adolescents.


9:00 PM

The Man with a Golden Arm (119 min)

The Man with a Golden Arm (1955) Strung-out junkie deals with daily demoralizing drug addiction while crippled wife and card sharks continue to pull him down. Sinatra is superb, especially in a harrowing withdrawal scene. It’s his movie…all the way. Starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak and Arnold Stang, Directed by Otto Preminger. 119 minutes



1:00 PM

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie Rules the World (24 min)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie Rules the world (2012) The gang starts playing an online video game and Charlie becomes obsessed with becoming the best player in the game. Meanwhile, Dennis is upset everyone else is playing the game all the time and not out enjoying the real world. Directed by Matt Shakman. 24 minutes

Audience participation facilitation Mavis Humes Baird

Successful Alcoholics

Successful Alcoholics (2012) It’s a great poignant little film to show to budding alcoholics. Things like the DTs, memory issues and prolific vomiting aren’t especially laughable. However the pleasing attitude, and delightful performances perfectly mask the subtle yet powerful message. Starring T.J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Nick Krol, Maribeth Monroe. Jordan Vogt-Roberts just enjoyed great success with this year’s summer hit, The Kings of Summer. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 26 minutes


3:00 PM

The Last Fix (69 min)

The Last Fix (2010) The audience was transfixed and touched by the stories of several recovering drug addicts and one young man addicted to alcohol as they moved through the supportive steps of the Drug Court program of the East End, initiated by Southampton Town Justice Deborah Kooperstein. Director Jacqui Lofaro and Victor Telch. 69 minutes

IN PERSON: Jacqui Lofaro & Debra Kooperstein


4:45 PM

Bridges (88 min)

Bridges (2013) The journey of life can be strewn with rocks, even boulders, few more difficult to traverse than the walk of addiction. Filmmaker Iman Drammeh Nur has gained the trust of the men of the night, whose dark travels have seen the depths of hell. Yet in recovery they now share from their hearts and souls, the horrors of their sinking and the joy of their rising. This documentary is not to be missed, for to do so is to discount their lives. Directed by Iman Drammeh Nur. 88 minutes

IN PERSON: Iman Drammeh Nur & Cast


7:15 PM

Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor ( 52 min)

Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor (2012) is the inspiring tale of one of college football’s great running backs. Taylor was an early soldier in Bo’s “10 Year War” with Woody Hayes and experienced greatness on college football’s biggest stage. After graduating, a series of personal setbacks brought his world crashing down. A redemptive story for all ages, PERSEVERANCE tracks Taylor’s rise, and his battles with substance abuse, incarceration and homelessness over the course of 25 years, in a dogged fight to recover his health, regain his faith, and restore his family. Director Dan Chace. 52 minutes

IN PERSON: Director Dan Chace & Dr. Billy Taylor


9:00 PM

Most High (95 min)

Most High ( 2004) is a painfully intimate examination of a young man in crisis. Nonjudgmental yet brutally honest, Most High is about the very nature of addiction. It paints an eerily accurate picture of how a Normal Joe can quickly end up in the dankest pits of despair. Phenomenal DiNiro like performance and transformation by actor/director Marty Sader. With stunning and sexually potent Laura Keys. 95 minutes



1:00 PM

Trip the Movie (80 min)

Trip (2011) is an astounding award winning film that grew out of the blazing theatrical production of, “Delirium Tremens” by actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and film producer, FRAN LEPE. The country of Guatemala has shown this film to over 55,000 students in it’s program for prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. An exhilarating portrait of addiction, denial and redemption. Funny too. Spanish with sub-titles. Directed by Fran Lepe. 80 minutes


3:00 PM

Owning Mahowny (105 min)

Owning Mahowny (2003) 10th Anniversary Screening, casts an unflinching gaze into a window of addiction of a sort not often portrayed honestly in films. Absolutely worth seeing for Hoffman’s performance alone, but there’s also enough Casino / Heist excitement to keep you entertained. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history. Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver and John Hurt. Directed By: Richard Kwietniowski. 105 minutes



Invisible War (60 min)

The Invisble War (2012) is an engrossing, deeply moving, and disturbing documentary that likely will leave no viewer untouched. The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, shines a light on one of America’s most shocking occurrences–the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the armed services. And when some victims–men and women–have come forward to report the crimes, the victims often face a second assault: commanding officers who either don’t believe them or who refuse to do anything about the crime.

The Invisible War aired at Sundance in 2012, it won the Audience Award–and press coverage that began a military investigation into the ways each branch of the service handles sexual assaults. One statistic alone is shocking: more than 20 percent of active-duty servicewomen are sexually assaulted. Directed by Kirbly Dick. Starirng Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick and Kori Cioca. 60 minutes


7:30 PM

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Invisible Young (74 min)

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Invisible Young (2012) tells the life stories of four young adults who were homeless as teenagers. It looks at their families, their day to-day lives, their possible fates, and follows them as they strive for a hopeful, prosperous future. Set in Seattle, WA, this extremely well made and beautiful documentary shines truth on the intersection of homelessness and drug addiction. Directed by Steve Keller. 74 minutes



Tian Dayton in Person and Dr. Gabor Maté live via Skype

How Does Addiction Change the Brain (2010) According to Dr. Gabor Mate, it’s a difficult struggle for hard core drug addicts to kick their habit because their brains are impaired. In a new book, he looks at the common roots of addictive behaviours and what can be done about them. It’s called “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction”

• Action Therapy on Addiction (2011) Psychologist Dr. Tian Dayton’s discusses action therapy on addiction

Q & A with Dr. Gabor Maté & Tian Dayton



Russel Brand: My life without drugs

Russell Brand: My life without drugs (2013) Russell Brand has not used drugs for 10 years.. But temptation is never far away. He wants to help other addicts, but first he wants us to feel compassion for those affected. With a sad commentary about his friend, Amy Winehouse. Written and starring Russell Brand. 58 minutes



gosnold_logoPat Dixon’s Comedy Intervention *Sponsored by Gosnold on Cape Cod

Pat Dixon‘s Comedy Intervention, ”one laugh at a time,” benefits the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation and Writers In Treatment. Pat Dixon hosts an evening of comedy and mirth. Come laugh your face off with some of the funniest men and women in New York’s sensational comedy scene.


• Hosted by Pat Dixon

Bonnie McFarland

Rich Vos

Ross Bennett

Dustin Chaffin

Leah Bonnema

Chrissy Mayr



1:00PM California Trilogy

It Takes All Types (77 min) FREE ADMISSION

It Takes All Types (2013) A generous and gentle film made in West Hollywood, California. Stories that explains and illustrates the joys and pitfalls of sobriety. A powerful independent film using the faces and voices of local recovering men and women. Special appearance by Leslie Jordan. Directed and starring, Chuck Coleman. 77 minutes


Drunk In Public (80 min)

Drunk In Public (2013) In 1994, custody officer/writer-filmmaker David J. Sperling began to document the life of Mark David Allen, a 33 year old alcoholic in an attempt to help Mark get sober. Over the next 18 years, Sperling put together a cinematic diary of Mark’s dark, yet remarkable journey. Final and updated version of the 17 year chronicle of the magical, extraordinary and tragic life of dedicated alcoholic Mark David Allen. Directed by David J. Sperling. 80 minutes



May I Be Frank (90 min)

My I Be Frank (2011) It is the life of Frank Ferrante himself. Frank is a 54-year-old man who has abused food, alcohol, drugs– including heroin, but in return they have abused him even more. Frank has spent a life giving in to every temptation until he weighs 290 pounds plus, has Hepatitis C, is nearly diabetic, and has alienated his family. Addicted to drugs and morbidly obese, Frank Ferrante hands his life over to the owners of a raw, vegan café, who commit to helping him change his ways over the course of 42 days, and give him a second chance at finding future fulfillment and happiness. 90 minutes

IN PERSON: Frank Ferrante



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