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WIT All Addiction Film Festival Features Reel Recovery Film Series

Posted Apr 13 2009 12:00am

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From April to May of 2009, the All Addiction Film Festival will be taking place every Tuesday at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles. The series is organized by WIT, or Writers in Treatment, a non-profit dedicated to helping writers with addictions get help. To obtain membership, WIT requires that applicants write a 750 word essay about the nature and consequences of their addiction. They must be older than18 and derive at least 25% of their income from writing. Once accepted, they must commit to residential treatment and agree to attend fellowship recovery, 12 steps programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

WIT has dubbed this years line up, the Reel Recovery Film Series, which features eight gripping selections, all having to do with addiction, includinig: Permanent Midnight (Ben Stiller plays a writer addicted to heroin); Leaving Las Vegas (Nicholas Cage plays an alcoholic writer and Elisabeth Shue a prostitute) Sid and Nancy (Biopic featuring Gary Oldman as rock star, heroin addict Sid Vicious); Less Than Zero (Robert Downey Junior plays a drug addict); Barfly (Mickey Rourke plays an alcoholic poet).

As part of this year’s “Reel Recovery Film Series,” WIT will has invited several of the featured film’s actors, writers and directors to speak before attendees. WIT co-founder Leonard Lee Buschel had this to say about the festival. “This series isn’t just for addicts or alcoholics. It’s for anyone who has ever been impacted or just wants to learn more about the disease and its treatment in a less traditional and entertaining environment.”

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