With the goal of changing the addiction conversation from problems to solutions, both the Borough President, the Advance and representatives of SLAM NYC, an organization co-founded by two-time Emmy award winning actress Kristen Johnston and Thomas Krauss, whose mission is to bring a dedicated recovery high school to New York City, have teamed up to present the film as it relates to the ongoing conversation about Staten Island's drug epidemic and solutions for families and individuals living with addiction.
"It's no secret that we have a devastating problem with drugs on the Island," noted Borough President Oddo. "This film and the panel discussion after, are designed to keep us talking about the problem - and more importantly - the solutions - so we can save more lives through recovery."
Noting that young people afflicted with addiction challenges can fill Madison Square Garden, representatives of Slam NYC, Thomas Krauss and Joe Schrank applauded Borough President Oddo in assisting their organization in making Sober High schools or related addiction programs part of the educational system in New York City. Krauss encouraged Staten Islanders to attend the free screening of the Anonymous People on November 12 to "learn, engage and embrace the efforts to help our kids facing the disease of addiction."
“The movie is a dialogue about recovery,” Schrank explained. “We can’t address the issue if we can’t be honest about it.”
The screening will be at 6:30 PM on November 12. A panel discussion including Ms. Johnston and the filmmaker.