The 13th Step Documentary
Following a showing of her new documentary at the Center for its Secular Organizations for Sobriety's (SOS) 30th Anniversary conference in April, filmmaker Monica Richardson showed The 13th Step at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, where it garnered the Best Documentary Award last May. The documentary also was included in the Doc Corner - a one-stop professional area for the genre - at the Cannes Film Festival in late May. CFI-L.A. is pleased to show the film followed by a Q&A with her.
Critical of Alcoholics Anonymous leaders and members for predatory and abusive behavior of unsuspecting members, lack of professionalism in group leaders, emphasis on religion for recovery, and poor addiction recovery outcomes, the documentary is an eye-opening expose of the organization and how alternative secular addictions recovery groups are ignored by judges and other authorities when assigning addicts ro recovery programs.
Richardson is a filmmaker, grassroots activist and national talk radio blogger for her show, "Safe Recovery." She has appeared on many news programs discussing alcohol and drug overuse issues, Alcoholics Anonymous, and safety issues. Richardson has appeared on an episode of CBS's "48 Hours," The Sober Truth, and on the Katie Couric Show. A versatile artist, she also is an actor, having worked at Groundlings with Conan O'Brien and Damon Wayans and studied at the Playhouse West with Shawnee Smith and Heather Graham; a voice actor for such shows as the animated TV series "Batman" and national commercials; a singer/songwriter who has released three music albums; and the business manager of KMR Productions.
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