The seven-day event is a celebration of film, the arts and sobriety. It showcases honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, and mental illness from first-time filmmakers to industry pros.
As the opioid and addiction crisis makes headlines daily, the festival has become more relevant than ever. Attending are those in recovery, the “sober curious”, the afflicted, the general public and film lovers.
Co-founded in 2008 by addiction specialist Leonard Buschel and Robert Downey, Sr., the Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposium has grown to entertain, inform and inspire 30,000+ attendees; showing between 50-65 films. This year’s films come from as far away as Spain, Ukraine and Qatar, and as close as Studio City.
Friday October 11 – Opening Night “rocks out”
8pmRocketmanQ&A with bassist Paul ILLs (Juliette
Lewis, Pink) and friends.
Saturday night at 8pm Cracked Up Darrell Hammond opens up about repressed memories of childhood trauma. Q&A with director Michelle Esrick.
Monday, October 14 at 5pm: Screenagers, reveals how tech time impacts childhood development and offers solutions for parents.
Thursday, October 17 – Closing Night ‘is trippin’ with DOSED about healing addiction and trauma through the controversial use of psychedelics. Panel with Tara Rodriquez (PsychedeliaIntegration.org), Ash Booth (AwareProject.org), Ryan Munevar (Decrimca.org), Brad Adams (lapss.org).
Founder Leonard Buschel “The festival is for people who love film and recovery.” He added, “None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors and the filmmakers who seek to share their work with the world”.