As part of a statewide documentary effort to raise awareness about the opioid crisis, Points North Institute (PNI) will host a statewide screening tour of the Netflix documentaries Recovery Boys and Heroin(e). The two films that will be featured are directed by Oscar-nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon. Each tour location will feature one of the two films that provide a unique perspective on the opioid and addiction crisis.
Recovery Boys (89 minutes) takes an intimate look at four men attempting to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug misuse. Heroin(e) (39 minutes) documents how public officials are working to save lives and rehabilitate addicts. After the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion with local clinicians, individuals in recovery and the community. To view the full schedule and details for each screening, visit http://bit.ly/points_north. All the screening events across the state are free and open to the public.
"We intend to use the films to raise awareness and generate critical public conversations in underserved communities in Maine, including rural communities, high schools and prisons. Through the screenings, we plan to grow our network of partners of medical institutions, high school teachers, social service providers, policymakers, law enforcement and legal professionals, and civil society organizations. By partnering on free public events, these stakeholders will have unique opportunities for creative and collaborative visioning of how various constituents can work together to better address the opioid crisis in Maine communities," said Sean Flynn, program director of Points North Institute.
Locations and Dates:
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24 Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: Lakeside Theater Film: Recovery Boys
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27 Time: 1 p.m. Place: Kezar Falls Theater Film: Recovery Boys
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29 Time: 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:30) Place: Kennebunk High School Film: Heroin(e) and The Clinic
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6 Time: 7 p.m. Place: Penobscot Theater Company/Bangor Opera House Film: Recovery Boys
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7 Time: 6 p.m. Place: Katahdin Higher Education Center Film: Recovery Boys
Date: Friday, Nov. 8 Time: 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00pm) Place: Chan Center at Cary Medical Center Film: Recovery Boys
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12 Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: Washington County Community College Film: Recovery Boys
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19 Time: 6 p.m. (doors open 5:30) Place: Star Theater Film: Heroin(e)
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11 Time: 6 p.m. (doors open 5:30) Place: The Gem Theater Film: Recovery Boys
As a Maine-based nonprofit, PNI uses cinematic documentaries as a powerful catalyst for social change and provides a platform for inclusive public discussions led by individuals in recovery and representatives from law enforcement, community service organizations, and the medical profession.