“I couldn’t be more delighted to partner with the Los Angeles Poverty Department to bring this film festival to Skid Row,” says Leonard Buschel, founder of Writers In Treatment and the REEL Recovery Film Festival."
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Writers In Treatment, the acclaimed nonprofit that saves lives through promoting and providing treatment as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors, is partnering with the Los Angeles Poverty Department to present the REEL Recovery Film Festival—Skid Row Edition on May 3, 4, and 5 at the Inner City Arts Theater. The Inner City Arts Theater is located at 720 Kohler St., Los Angeles, CA 90021.
The Festival will feature three days of recovery-themed performances, films, discussions and fellowship, including free film screenings each day at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00pm. The films include both Hollywood stunners (such as "Flight," starring Denzel Washington, and "Half Nelson," starring Ryan Gosling) and compelling documentaries (such as "Lost Angeles: Skid Row Is My Home;" the 1956 classic "On the Bowery;" and "Bill W.," a new documentary that uses never-before-seen footage and photographs to reveal the untold story of Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson). A complete schedule can be found at http://www.reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org.
“I couldn’t be more delighted to partner with the Los Angeles Poverty Department to bring this film festival to Skid Row,” says Leonard Buschel, founder of Writers In Treatment and the REEL Recovery Film Festival. “The recovery community here is an amazing, thriving group of people, and it’s so exciting to offer this unique mix of film and theater—all for free—in such a dynamic environment.”
At 7:00 each evening, festival-goers will enjoy a free performance of the play, "The Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere," created and performed by members of the theater group comprising people who live and work on Skid Row. The performance documents the development of Skid Row as a site of recovery and transformation. It highlights not only the considerable concentration of professional resources and programs in the neighborhood but also the 80+ weekly recovery meetings organized by community residents. Getting clean and sober happens in funded programs, but recovery happens in the community.
Writers In Treatment has produced previous editions of the REEL Recovery Film Festival in New York, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale and Vancouver. Sponsors of the REEL Recovery Film Festival have included KPFK Radio; Hazelden; New Directions for Women; The Refuge Foundation, Inc.; and The Caron Treatment Centers.
About the REEL Recovery Film Festival
This multi-day event is a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity. The Festival showcases filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from first-time filmmakers and experienced professionals.
About Writers In Treatment
Writers In Treatment produces and presents culturally significant events dedicated to improving the quality of recovery by reducing stigmas associated with alcoholism and addiction. The organization believes it’s important for people in recovery, and those on the cusp, to have entertaining and culturally stimulating events that inspire enthusiasm for clean and sober living.