2009 Los Angeles

Classic Films help Writers addicted to drugs and booze.


LOS ANGELES – March 23, 2009 – For Immediate Release –Writers In Treatment (W.I.T.), pending 501 (c)(3) public charity is proud to present The Reel Recovery Film Series, an eight-week film festival, fundraising event and recovery forum which will take place every Tuesday evening in April and May 2009 at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles.

“This series isn’t just for addicts or alcoholics. It’s for anyone who has ever been impacted or just wants to learn more about the disease and its treatment in a less traditional and entertaining environment”, said co-founder Leonard Buschel. “We hope to raise both money and national awareness so that indigent writers can learn that there is free help available.”

American novelist Jerry Stahl (PERMANENT MIDNIGHT) and U.K. director Bernard Rose (IMMORTAL BELOVED) are scheduled to attend and celebrity guests Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Danny Huston have been invited. The eight films are PERMANENT MIDNIGHT, THE LOST WEEKEND, LEAVING LAS VEGAS, SID & NANCY, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, LESS THAN ZERO, BARFLY and IVANS XTC.

There will be live jazz preceding each screening and free popcorn available all evening.

A special guest speaker will lead a group discussion at the conclusion of each film.

The Reel Recovery Film Series is one of the many fundraising events sponsored by Writers In Treatment (www.writersintreatment.org), a public charity founded by Leonard Lee Buschel, Robert Downey Sr., Vernon Scott IV and Heidi Lloyd. It is an organization that helps writers addicted to alcohol and/or drugs get effective treatment for their disease.

W.I.T offers no-interest loans to clients for residential and outpatient treatment.

Writers In Treatment has partnered with top tier rehabilitation facilities including the Betty Ford Center, Hazelden and Caron Treatment Centers so our writers will receive the highest quality care available in America

Founded in 2008 W.I.T also has a volunteer advisory board of substance abuse counselors, therapists and psychologists who offer free counseling for their clients.

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