The13th Step film in London – Monica Richardson
I am pleased that Monica Richardson who has produced the 13th Step Film, which shows problems in the 12 step AA world has been in contact to say that she is showing her film in Cannes at the huge international Film Festival on May 17th and 19th, and in London on May 27th at 7.00pm in the Mayfair hotel 2015.
There will be a question with Monica and her Director, who I met when I was in Los Angeles nearly two years ago at a documentary convention. I have seen a rough cut of the film last year, when Monica wanted to know what I thought about it and am looking forward to seeing the finished product in London. I really respect what Monica has done here, as she is not an experienced film maker and has done so much work to get this project finished. She has raised all the money for production herself and travelled all over America to interview people. She was criticised rather predictably by some of the very staunch AA fans that treat the 12 steps as their religion, and who are often the people who turn a blind eye to problems in AA. She was also criticised by a couple of the more idiotic people who have moved on from AA, that call themselves “Anti AA”, who presumably prefer the more lunatic type videos that you sometimes see on YouTube, where some Nutter rants about AA and Hitler etc, which are generally ignored. I am glad to say this film is nothing like that, and should not be confused with an amateurish production. The 13th Step, is well put together and is balanced, with high production values, which is important as Monica is presenting serious issues here, that need to be taken seriously, especially in USA. There are a lot of people there, who end up in a recovery programme that may well not suit them and at worst, may harm them.
Best Documentary at the Beverly Hills Film Festival!
The film certainly went down well when it was shown at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and won the best Documentary Award. This is an amazing achievement for a new filmmaker award and I hope that this will help give the film some extra credibility with broadcasters. I recently talked about “The Culture High” which is a film about the legalisation of marijuana in USA and the drug wars, which has been distributed world-wide by Netflix and it would be great if Monica’s film had this type of exposure. The Film has sections from people who have been abused by people in AA, as well as addiction experts such as Lance Dodes and Stanton Peele. There are also some quotes from people still in AA, which is important as it shows the contrast between those who look to science for solutions and those who rely on faith.
Here is Monica Richardson with her award.
I am not sure quite how to get tickets for the show and will update this page as soon as Monica gets back to me, but hopefully some of you can make it. here is a trailer for the film which gives you a taste.
Here is a link to Monica’s website that will also give information about other chances to watch her film.
I also have a small film section on this site http://www.recoveringfromrecovery.com/films-alcohol-recovery-issues/ it includes a mention of the CBS documentary about the tragic murder of Karla Brada by her boyfriend who she met at AA. Monica Richardson has done a lot for the Brada family in publicising what happened, in an attempt to protect other young women. She is featured in this documentary as well.