LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GENERATION FOUND opens August 30th via Theatrical On Demand® for September's National Recovery Month. This film is a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. GENERATION FOUND aims to catalyze a dialogue on youth addiction and recovery issues across the nation.
In the U.S. alone, addiction to alcohol and other drugs is the most pressing health issue of our time directly impacting 45 million Americans, and claiming more than 135,000 lives every year. For nine out of ten people, addiction begins in adolescence, and only 10% of those in need received any treatment in the last year. The opioid epidemic is now a leading cause of death in the United States with 78 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose, and addiction has become a major political issue during this election year.
In June, filmmakers Jeff Reilly and Greg Williams held a special screening of GENERATION FOUND on Capitol Hill presented by Senate Majority WHIP John Cornyn and Congressman Gene Green to bring awareness and support to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016. The recent passage and Presidential signing of CARA is an important first step, but there is more to be done as the current bill does not provide adequate funding along with many of the authorizations.
"GENERATION FOUND isn't just a film, it's a movement. We've used the film to advocate for legislation including the passing of CARA, and will continue to advocate for recovery education and support funding," said Co-Filmmaker Greg Williams. "It's essential that we bring awareness to the issue of youth addiction and recovery and GENERATION FOUND is a film that presents real world solutions to the failed 'War on Drugs.' We're thrilled to open the film via Theatrical On Demand® during National Recovery Month so that communities and families everywhere can champion screenings, and come together to share this important story."
This film is being distributed in an innovative way through Gathr Films and Theatrical On Demand®. Movie-goers can crowd-source individual screenings of GENERATION FOUND in theaters near them via Theatrical On Demand®. Gathr accommodates the demand of these engaged communities by facilitating screenings virtually wherever and whenever they are sourced at more than 3,000 theaters across all the major theater chains including Regal, AMC, Carmike, Cinemark, Marcus, and Wehrenberg. Theatrical On Demand® uses political-style grassroots coalition-building to target decentralized communities to galvanize their supporters and communities around the social impact and political action of the film. This is a special limited release, which means GENERATION FOUND will show in a city only if enough tickets are sold.
Just Say No' Was a Slogan. This is a Revolution. There are now more than 150 Screenings of GENERATION FOUND already set up across the country. To find or captain a screening: http://generationfoundfilm.com/
Many leading national organizations have already partnered with the film to host advanced screenings: Facing Addiction, Young People in Recovery, The Association of Recovery High Schools, Transforming Youth Recovery, The Association of Alternative Peer Groups, Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation, The National Council, and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
GATHR FILMS is a technology-based specialty theatrical distributor focusing on documentaries and issues-oriented films. Gathr is revolutionizing theatrical distribution by enabling movie-goers to crowd-source screenings of films to theaters near them via Theatrical On Demand®. Gathr accommodates the demand of these engaged communities by facilitating screenings virtually wherever and whenever they are sourced. The company works with more than 3,000 theaters across all the major theater chains including Regal, AMC, Carmike, Cinemark, Marcus, and Wehrenberg. Gathr also works with some of the largest and most prestigious brands and organizations to build national coalitions with our films including UNICEF, UN Foundation, Just Label It, Facing Addiction, and National Association of Social Workers. Films distributed through Theatrical On Demand®. include Girl Rising (4th highest grossing documentary of 2013), Awake: The Life of Yogananda($1.4 million in revenue), Beyond the Mask (700+ screenings), The Square (2014 Oscar® nominee), The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2015 Oscar® nominee), The Anonymous People (200+ screenings) and When Marnie Was There (2016 Oscar® nominee). Current films include Generation Found, Thank You For Your Service, Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things, Embrace, The Student Body, A Time to Choose and The Unknowns. We're growing the largest independent film community in the world. Gathr Films is located in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. www.gathr.us
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