The Anonymous People
A feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in recovery from addiction
A Grassroots Social Justice Movement Takes Aim At Changing The Conversation From Problems To Solutions For America's Top Health Problem!
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma and mass participation in widely successful anonymous 12-step groups have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People will be told through the faces and voices”¨ of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line ”¨to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
After a successful Summer 2012 KickStarter campaign that exceeded our goal by over $25,000 we are more than half-way there. Currently we are in Post-Production and seeking support for finishing costs. Any amount helps, and now contributions are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! If you are able to support this project please follow the donate link below the video. For contribution inquiries above $1000 please email Greg Williams at email@example.com as there is a separate process to do that (still tax-deductible)!
APPROACH TO THE FILM:
The current trend in mainstream reality television shows such as, Intervention and Celebrity Rehab, as well as in mass media news coverage of celebrity scandals, is to persistently document the drama of addiction in ways that marginalize people suffering from an illness. Sensationalistic depictions of drug and alcohol problems are sold by the media business to garner ratings, and, unfortunately, this business interest has severely impacted public opinion and policy. The unrelenting media fascination with the problem side of addiction ignores the other side of the issue: known solutions. This pervasive and unbalanced perspective causes the addiction epidemic in America to appear hopeless.
But there is hope!
The good news for the 20-25 million Americans currently suffering from substance use disorders is that there is a grassroots recovery advocacy and support movement emerging nationally. Courageous people in long-term recovery are uniting for the first time in decades to bring change to America’s most enduring problem. However, this public movement is still in its infancy stage of growth; the general public – and even millions in recovery – are largely unaware of the existence of this new, productive way of thinking, living, and serving. Recovery, like addiction, has existed too long in the shadows.
The Anonymous People shines a light on the personal and societal value of recovery through the moving stories of people who have gone public with their recovery.
Understandably, some people in recovery are reluctant to go public. But when someone does put a face and a voice on recovery with his or her personal story, the general public can finally access the powerful message of hope that has resonated for years in underground recovery communities.
While much has been written, researched, and developed about this new recovery movement, to date nothing has broken through into mass media markets to make a wider audience aware of the movement’s importance. There is a great need to educate, motivate, and engage those in and out of recovery about public advocacy and peer-based recovery support. Broader knowledge and understanding of these issues have the potential to change the way drug and alcohol problems are solved in our communities.
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To see a full list of cast and characters visit the successful KickStarter campaign site: www.kickstarter.com/projects/342545630/the-anonymous-people