RRFF: For Professionals Only, 2011

The Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference
REEL Recovery Film Festival – For Professionals Only Edition
The LAX Westin Hotel
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90045

THURSDAY DECEMBER 8, 2011

3:30pm…Thursday
Drunk In Public
(2011) Award winning filmmaker David J. Sperling has created a gritty and disturbing, yet tender and moving, documentary that chronicles the last 17 years in the remarkable life of Mark David Allen, a man arrested over 500 times for being “Drunk In Public.” Written and directed by David J. Sperling. 83 mins.

5pm…Thursday
Craving And Relapse
(2011) In this powerful and engaging lecture, Bob Tyler draws from the work of Terence Gorski and his own personal and professional experience to provide viewers with workable tools to prevent relapse. 78 mins.
IN PERSON: Filmmaker Bob Tyler

FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2011

11am…Friday
No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure
(2009) is a documentary that looks at the general sense of “dis-ease” in our society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women speak out, sharing their stories of recovery from anorexia and bulimia. Finding “identity beyond measure” isn’t just about recovery from disordered eating, it’s about re-discovering the fullness of our lives. Written and directed by Dena Ashbaugh and Sonja Ruebsaat. 62 mins.

1pm…Friday
Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs
(2006) pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances, created, for capital gain. “Big Bucks, Big Pharma” challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being. 46 mins.

2pm…Friday
Deadly Persuasion: The Advertising of Alcohol and Tobacco
(2003) exposes the manipulative marketing strategies and tactics used by the alcohol and tobacco industries, casting a critical eye on the corporate interests of the industries whose products, together, kill more than 450,000 Americans each year. 53 mins.

5pm – 6:30pm…Friday
The Soberlink/Writers In Treatment Holiday Party
Soberlink invites you to the REEL Recovery Film Festival Holiday Reception. Show up for pizza, refreshments, gifts, and a free Soberlink remote monitoring device raffle, plus networking with people you know and love!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2011

11am…Saturday
Pleasure Unwoven: A Personal Journey About Addiction
(2009) Dr. Kevin McCauley explores the most important question about addiction: is it a choice? Or a disease? Taking you on a journey through the State and National Parks of Utah, Dr. McCauley uses the varied landscape to describe the areas of the brain involved in addiction, turning complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images, showing that real recovery can be possible. 60 mins.
IN PERSON: Filmmaker DR. KEVIN McCAULEY

1pm…Saturday
Crooked Beauty
(2011) This hauntingly beautiful film chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey, from childhood abuse to psychiatric ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocate. Surviving trauma from an alcoholic mother, battling her own substance abuse issues, and incarcerated at age 19, Ms. McNamara’s co-founded the Icarus Project, an international support network and grassroots media project. Directed by Ken Paul Rosenthal. Voted Audience Favorite at the Los Angeles REEL Recovery Film Festival (2011)! 30 mins.

2pm…Saturday
Bill’s Mountain
(2009) Saint or sinner? The aging survivor of Hollywood streets; the bane of his tidy neighbors; the savior of earthworms–meet Bill. Filmmaker Dyanne Asimow uncovers the fascinating, disturbing past of a Laurel Canyon fixture in this intimate and darkly humorous documentary of Bill Jackson, neighborhood handyman. 73 mins.
IN PERSON: Filmmaker DYANNE ASIMOW and BILL JACKSON

4pm…Saturday
Spin The Bottle: Sex, Lies, and Alcohol
(2004) offers an indispensable critique of the role that contemporary popular culture plays in glamorizing excessive drinking and other high-risk behaviors. Award-winning media critics Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne contrast these distorted representations with the often disturbing and dangerous ways that alcohol consumption affects the lives of real young men and women. 92 mins.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11, 2011

8am…Sunday
The Process: A Documentary on Addiction, Trauma, and Recovery
(2003) Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Greenberg, this film is a riveting documentary on addiction and recovery, and a fascinating exploration into the world of experiential therapy. Directed by Richard Greenberg, produced by Gary Seidler, and written by Dudley Saunders, with award winning psychologist Tian Dayton, PhD. 70 mins.
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