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Only NE Ohio showing of The Anonymous People

UPublish story by Amie Cajka

Kent will be the only Northeast Ohio location for a showing of The Anonymous People, a documentary about more than 23 million Americans in long-term recovery from addiction, at the Kent Plaza Theater on Aug. 28 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets cost $10 and must be reserved online at http://gathr.us/screening/5317.

The film was brought to Kent by the efforts of Kelli Myers, a dispatcher at the Kent Police Department. Myers saw the movie trailer in July and decided it was something people needed to see.

“Addiction is on the rise,” Myers said. “Whether it be illegal drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, tobacco or alcohol. It is growing and it's getting scary.”

She was joined by members of C.A.R.E., Citizens for Addiction Recovery and Education and the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County to make sure word spread in the community so the minimum number of tickets could be purchased.

Solutions for long-term recovery of addiction have been found, but deeply rooted social stigma has kept the voices of those recovering silent. The Anonymous People is a film that features over 30 courageous people in long-term recovery who have stepped out of anonymity and are uniting to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions. Those advocates include citizens in recovery, volunteers, leaders and celebrities including actress Kristen Johnston and former NBA player Chris Herren.

Advocates in The Anonymous People believe that depictions of people with addiction are distorted and fail to tell the full story of recovery. Through the film, advocates aim to transform public opinion and engage the community to find solutions for these problems.

“Everyone knows someone who has [an addiction] problem,” Myers said. “It may not be a big one, but it’s there. I think if people didn't feel that they should be ashamed to ask for help, they might ask.”

The Anonymous People is written and produced by Greg Williams. The film is brought to Kent by a new crowd-sourcing distribution service called Gathr. Gathr’s “theatrical-on-demand” process allows movie-goers to bring the movies they want to watch to their nearby local theater with no facility rental cost and no risk. Those interested in the movie can watch the trailer at http://vimeo.com/64948005.


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