(BLOOMINGTON) – In partnership with The Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center today, at 7:30 p.m. local Bloomington residents will come together at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts to watch a free screening of the award-winning film “Beautiful Boy” followed by a live-streamed question and answer session with David Sheff and Nic Sheff.
Screenings will take place across the country in twenty cities as part of a national day of action to highlight the need to de-stigmatize addiction and those in recovery as well as to highlight the importance for community engagement and solidarity in the face of our nation’s opiate crisis.
- WHO: Amazon Studios in collaboration with The Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center
- WHEN: Today, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST
- WHERE: FAR Center for Contemporary Arts (505 West Fourth St)
“Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Nominee Timothée Chalamet, is based on the best-selling memoirs from David and Nic Sheff and chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Substance use impacts everyone. According to the Surgeon General’s Office, over 21 million Americans are living with the brain disease of addiction and an American dies every 19 minutes from opioid or heroin overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 70,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017 alone. The economic impact of drug and alcohol misuse and addiction amounts to $442 billion each year and leaves no community untouched. Community-based organizations like those we have partnered with today are on the front lines of the fight to save lives and need help to expand the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery support for all those suffering.
Amazon Studios is partnering with The Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center for the national day of action to highlight the need for uncompromising community support for those in the throes of substance abuse.
The Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center aims to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse through prevention, education, intervention, assessment and referral services for individuals, families and the community as well as provide leadership for collaborations and partnerships.
Screenings are being held across the country in Bessemer, Alabama; Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; Panama City, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; Chicago, Illinois; Bloomington, Indiana; Portland, Maine; Baltimore, Maryland; Billings, Montana; Atlantic City, NJ; Albuquerque, NM; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; Portland, Oregon; Odessa, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Montpelier, Vermont; Spokane, Washington; and Huntington, West Virginia.