Recovery in Maine2020-09-09T09:52:33-04:00

Recovery in Maine

Using documentary film to bring communities together and confront the opioid crisis


Using documentary film and community discussion to confront the opioid crisis

About the Film

RECOVERY IN MAINE: WASHINGTON COUNTY is a story of relentless hope, resilience, and recovery — the kind of recovery that is only possible when a community sets stigma aside and shows up to meet people where they are.

Produced by FRAME Strategies

About the Program

Maine is one of the states hardest hit by the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis, but people across the state are working on the frontlines of this epidemic, saving lives, raising awareness, and developing new solutions.

Recovery in Maine is a statewide series of documentary film screenings that spark public discussions about addiction, recovery, and our collective response to the epidemic of substance use disorder. After each screening, we invite community members to lead a conversation about their experiences, local resources and the ways in which we can all be part of solutions. 

The series kicked off in July 2018 and will continue through 2019-20.

Are you interested in hosting or organizing a screening with us? Please fill out our Screening Request form!

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Recovery in Maine has been developed in partnership with the State of Maine, MaineHealth and Maine Behavioral Healthcare, with major support from Camden National Bank and The Fledgling Fund. The program is part of the Points North Institute’s ongoing Points North Impact initiative, which kicked off in 2013 with the Aging in Maine series.

Upcoming Events

We plan to hold more virtual screenings and discussions through our Recovery in Maine program. We also hope to produce more films! Please sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on social media to receive alerts.

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About our featured film, RECOVERY BOYS
In the heart of America’s opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug abuse. RECOVERY BOYS, from Academy Award nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon, is an intimate look at the strength, brotherhood, and courage that it takes to overcome addiction, laying bare the internal conflict of recovery.

Hancock County Jail, Ellsworth

Healthy Oxford Hills, Oxford

All screenings are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please register for your spot today!

The Fall 2019 leg of the Recovery in Maine tour was developed with the support and partnership of the State of Maine and Marshall Communications.

Past Events

Recovery in Maine: Short Films & Panel Discussion

February 24. Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland.

Special Guest: Governor Janet Mills

Sunday, July 8, 2018*
The Strand Theater, Rockland

Sunday, July 8, 2018*
Islesboro Community Center
*double-feature of HEROIN(E) and RECOVERY BOYS w/ community potluck

Monday, July 9, 2018*
Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall, Vinalhaven

Tuesday, July 10, 2018*
The Colonial Theatre, Belfast

Wednesday, July 11, 2018*
Camden Opera House

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Portland Museum of Art

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Smitty’s Cinema, Biddeford

Sunday, December 2, 2018*
Frontier, Brunswick

Sunday, December 2, 2018*
Nasson Community Center, Springvale

Monday, December 3, 2018*
Sanford Regional Technical Center, Sanford

Monday, December 3, 2018*
Portland High School

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 
Weather Discovery Center, North Conway, New Hampshire

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Boothbay Region High School, Boothbay Harbor

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 
Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

Thursday, April 18, 2019 
University of Maine at Farmington

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 
Pittsfield Community Theatre, Pittsfield

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Rangeley Lakeside Theater, Rangeley 

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Kezar Falls Theater, Porter

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk

Wednesday, November 6, 2019*
Penobscot Theater Company, Bangor

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Katahdin Higher Education Center, East Millinocket 

Friday, November 8, 2019
Cary Medical Center, Caribou 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Washington County Community College, Calais 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
University of Maine at Machias

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Star Theatre, Kittery

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Opera House Arts, Stonington 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Gem Theater, Bethel 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Mattanawcook Academy Library, Lincoln

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Downeast Recovery Support Center, Calais

*filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon in attendance!

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