will be shown at Mill Wharf Cinema on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:45 pm.
Featuring Patrick Kennedy, NBA Star Chris Herren, Actress Kristen Johnston
Special event screening tickets are available through a new crowd-sourcing distribution service called Gathr.
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Those interviewed in the film question why the United States has criminalized and too often given superficial treatment to a chronic illness – addiction. As a result, addiction now comes with an annual price tag of $350 billion. The American approach has put most of the burden of long-term addiction treatment on anonymous, free, 12-step programs. Those programs have done a good job, but no other health problem is treated this way.
In addition, the culture of anonymity in these programs, while it has protected individuals from stigma, has also unintentionally perpetuated false perceptions of people with addiction – as the public doesn’t see how often people in their lives recover.
“This film is not your tired old addiction story often seen on reality television or in the news,” said film producer Greg Williams. “There are no needles hanging out of people’s arms, pictures of the brain, or fried eggs in a pan. We set out to find the answer to one very fundamental question: Why don’t we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?”
Indeed, this movie is appropriate Like the recent community vigil, The Anonymous People will inspire everyone – whether your lives have been directly impacted by addiction or not.
The Anonymous People also shines a light on prominent people who are not very anonymous and are living publicly as people in long-term recovery themselves: Award winning actress Kristen Johnston, former NBA star Chris Herren; Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006; former congressman Patrick Kennedy; veteran news anchor Laurie Dhue; Tom Coderre, chief of staff to Rhode Island Senate president and many others. They have chosen to “come out” with their recovery in an effort to counter the existing public perception of other people just like them.
This film aims at transforming public discourse in much the same way that activists once decided that an honest open discussion had to take place about topics such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and being gay in order to spark widespread change.
The Scituate community has rallied around addiction awareness, prevention and recovery support like no other town in the area. This film celebrates our work thus far – and will inspire us to continue. The one-hour film will be followed by a brief Q&A with locals in long-term recovery.
Please join your friends and neighbors at The Mill Wharf Cinema to continue to move our mission forward! All communities are welcome.
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