There Will Be Insightful Conversations With Recovery Authors, A Night With Brilliant Stand-up Comics, And Engaging Discussions With Filmmakers Following Many Of The Screenings.

Journalists and Bloggers The seven-day festival at Cinema Village (22E. 12th St.) will present a fascinating line-up of feature-length and short, fictional and factual alcohol and drug addiction themed films that highlight serious substance misuse as well as the hope and opportunity for recovery. There will be insightful conversations with recovery authors, a night with brilliant stand-up comics, and engaging discussions with filmmakers following many of the screenings. “After seven years in Los Angeles, the REEL Recovery Film Festival returns to New York City for the fourth time because the lovely people in this city need and appreciate the power of film to explore a multitude of addiction issues,” saidLeonard Buschel, founder of Writers In Treatment and the REEL Recovery Film Festival.”They also like a good night out so we expect to entertain, inspire and educate over 2,500 of them with timely films and stimulating discussions. Our aim is to reduce the stigma, and raise public awareness that addiction is not a moral failing but a devastating, often-fatal illness which requires specialized treatment.” HIGHLIGHTS of this year’s film festival and symposium include: Oct. 16 5 PM Opening Night Reception at El Cantinero Restaurant (86 University Pl., NY), honoring Nicole Boxer, award-winning producer/director whose inspiring documentary How I Got Over will screen at 7 PM at Cinema Village. The film follows 15 formerly homeless/and or incarcerated women living in N Street Village – a community for addiction recovery as they craft an original play based on their harrowing true-life stories. Green Rush This is a special screening for OASAS . Oct.

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