‘The Hungry Heart’ film premieres in St. Albans on Sept. 21

News Release — Kingdom County Productions
Sept. 10, 2013

Kingdom County Productions and presenting partner Brattleboro Retreat are proud to announce the Vermont tour of “The Hungry Heart,” a new documentary film on prescription drug addiction and recovery in Vermont. The gala premier of the film will be on Saturday, Sept 21 at BFA in St. Albans and Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Flynn Theater in Burlington. This will launch a 31 town tour across the state.

The Hungry Heart, produced by Kingdom County Productions and directed by Bess O’Brien provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the work of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes whose patients struggle with this disease.

Dr. Holmes works closely with the Howard Center to provide his patients with therapy and outpatient programs. In addition, Dr. Holmes is part of the Suboxen treatment program. Much like Methadone, Suboxen helps many addicts in their recovery process — for some taking Suboxen is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch, for others Suboxen is abused and diverted onto the street. Through the film we see Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

But the film is not ultimately about Suboxen or the medical treatment these young people receive from Dr. Holmes. It is about the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with each patient and how important listening and respect is for these young addicts as part of their recovery process. The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts who share their stories of struggle and redemption. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

Best-selling author David Sheff, who wrote the book “Beautiful Boy” about his own son’s addiction, called “The Hungry Heart” “A brilliant and beautiful film that captures the true lives of people in recovery.”

Geoff Kane, MD and Chief of Addiction Services at Brattleboro Retreat raves, “The Hungry Heart” displays the unflinching honesty necessary for addiction recovery. Dr. Fred Holmes displays the unwavering respect, hope, and accountability that people need to get there.”

For Vermont, “The Hungry Heart” opens up dialogue around many issues connected to addiction and recovery and serves as a jumping off point for discussion and action steps that many of our communities need. The film will tour with the director Bess O’Brien, Pediatrician Fred Holmes and a number of people from the film who are in recovery. A Q and A will happen after each screening.

Tickets are $12 adults, $6 Youth for town tour dates. For those in recovery or impacted by addiction that need support tickets are free. All tickets are at the door except for Flynn Premiere to reserve call FLYNNTIX.

Major underwriters for the film include: The Vermont Dept of Human Services, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington Labs, Brattleboro Retreat, The Bissell Foundation, Northwestern Medical Center, Howard Center, Vermont Agency of Education, Burton Snowboards and Bari and Peter Dreissigacker.

For more information please go to www.kingdomcounty.org

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