The Film and Recovery Community’s Dedicated Annual Event Announces 2018 Schedule
The 10th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium unveils this year’s program and events taking place October 24th-30th at the Laemmle’s Royal Theater in West L.A. Opening Night will showcase an eye-opening documentary about surfing legend, Andy Irons, entitled ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD, directed by Steve Jones and Todd Jones. Anticipated award-winning documentary, UP TO SNUFF, starring W.G. ‘Snuffy’ Walden, directed by Mark Maxey, featuring actor Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”, APOCALYPSE NOW), the legendary Eric Burdon (lead singer, The Animals), and writer/producer Marshall Herskovitz (TRAFFIC, THE LAST SAMURAI, BLOOD DIAMOND; “Thirtysomething”) will screen as well. Shorts and feature-length narrative films include “Cleaner Daze” by Tess Sweet, “Holly’s Girl”, by Paulina Lagudi, a thriller about bulimia and “Baby Steps”, from local filmmaker Eric Dyson, that deals with suicide and depression.
The REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium was created in 2008 by Leonard Buschel to shine a light on the ongoing epidemic of substance abuse and mental disorders and to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around these important issues. “Over the last decade, the Reel Recovery Film Festival has entertained, inspired and educated numerous clinicians, people in recovery and their families, treatment professionals, filmgoers and the public-at-large with timely films and stimulating discussions,” shares Leonard Buschel, Founder and Executive Director. He added, “None of this would be possible without the incredible support of our sponsors and the filmmakers who seek to share their work with the world.”
This year’s festival is generously sponsored by Hazelden/Betty Ford, Brandi’s Wish, The ShareTV, Wavelengths Recovery, Balboa Horizons, My 12-Step Store
Valley Detox Center, Gratitude Recovery, and Addiction Therapeutic Services,