Written from press release
Bloomington, Indiana – October 2, 2023
A documentary produced by Glory Girl Productions is set to premiere on WTIU Public Television, providing a compelling look into the challenges posed by addiction in Brown County, Indiana. “The Addict’s Wake” is scheduled to air on October 2 at 9 p.m., offering viewers an unflinching examination of the opioid and meth epidemic that has gripped this tight-knit community.
Brown County, known for its picturesque charm, is grappling with an addiction crisis that has cast a long shadow over the lives of its residents, claiming some of its best and brightest. Virtually every family, classroom, and workplace in the area has felt the devastating impact of substance use disorder.
The scourge of addiction extends far beyond the boundaries of Indiana, with more than 100,000 Americans losing their lives to drug overdoses in 2021, as reported by the National Institutes of Health. “The Addict’s Wake” mirrors Brown County’s crisis in the broader context of national patterns. The film delves into the heart-wrenching moments of overdose, as well as the slow, insidious descent into despair that plagues many communities across the United States. Its primary goal is to challenge the stigma surrounding addiction and foster genuine compassion for those ensnared in the vicious cycle of substance abuse.
“The Addict’s Wake” adopts a comprehensive approach, presenting the issue from multiple perspectives. It features interviews with individuals struggling with addiction, their loved ones, educators, faith and community leaders, law enforcement officers, and first responders. While the documentary vividly portrays the depth of the crisis, it also illuminates potential paths towards recovery and healing.
This documentary has garnered numerous accolades over the past year, including recognition at the Louisville International Festival of Film and the Audience Choice award at the Heartland Film Festival. Additionally, “The Addict’s Wake” has been selected as an Official Selection at prestigious film festivals such as the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, the Vero Beach Film Festival, and the Sedona International Film Festival.
For further information about “The Addict’s Wake,” including additional details and updates, please visit the film’s official website.