North Hollywood film festival takes on Sobriety

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For those film buffs who have a special interest in the field of recovery, the REEL Recovery Film Festival begins this weekend in North Hollywood. 

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Presented by Writers In Treatment, it’s a multi-day event showcasing filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. 

Now in its seventh year, the REEL Festival takes place in nine cities across the U.S., and features a number of new titles as well as classics that focus on these issues. 

This year the highlights include:

The much-lauded 2015 documentary profiling the late recording artist, Amy Winehouse.

Under the Volcano
The late-career John Huston classic starring Albert Finney as an alcoholic British diplomat whose life is imploding in a small Mexican town.

How I Got Over
A documentary about 15 formerly homeless and/or incarcerated women in New York, following the process of their crafting of a play based on their own true stories.

Archie’s Final Project
A musical autobiography by director Issa Ibrahim, who spent 18 years in a mental asylum.

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Michael Polish’s film about three dramatic weeks in the life of Beat Generation icon, Jack Kerouac.

Bill W.
A documentary about the life of Alcoholics Anonymous founder, Bill Wilson.

Numerous other films are being screened, as well as daily collections of shorts, and the festival will conclude with “Say Everything,” an evening of free-form conversation between Dr. Gabor Maté and actress Ione Skye, which includes a reception and buffet after the event.

REEL Recovery Film Festival
October 23 – October 29,
Laemmle Noho 7 Theatres
5240 Lankershim Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91601.

All screenings are $10, the closing night event is $25 or $65 for reserved seating and participation in the reception/buffet. 

For more information you can visit or call 818-762-0461.

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