Film Screening Series Creates Community Forum to Address Opiate Crisis in Maine
June 23, 2018
Sean Flynn, Points North Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org / 207-593-6593
Jen Harris, Pen Bay Medical Center | Waldo County General Hospital, JHarris@mainehealth.org / 207-301-3973
Valerie Compagna, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, VCompagna@MaineBehavioralHealthcare.org / 207-661-6633
CAMDEN, Maine, June 22, 2018 – Points North Institute, along with support from MaineHealth and its members Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, are partnering to organize a weeklong series of free film screenings and community discussions about the ongoing opioid crisis in Maine and across the nation.
The five events across Midcoast Maine, sponsored by the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, will include screenings of the upcoming Netflix documentary Recovery Boys, followed by discussions with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Elaine Sheldon and interested community members. The film is an intimate look at four men in West Virginia attempting to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug misuse.
The screenings will take place from July 8-11 in Rockland, Islesboro, Vinalhaven, Belfast, and Camden. The goal of these events is to raise awareness about the impacts of the opioid crisis in Maine, while identifying emerging solutions and available resources in the Midcoast region. Community members from all backgrounds are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation.
“We are losing hundreds of Mainers every year – 418 alone in 2017 – to the epidemic of opioid use disorder and addiction,” says Dr. Mark Fourre, CEO of the Coastal Healthcare Alliance. “As Maine’s largest integrated health care delivery system, MaineHealth and its members are investing substantial resources in developing community-based solutions to address prevention, education and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Here in the Midcoast, our primary care practices are partnering with Maine Behavioral Healthcare to provide treatment to hundreds of patients in need. But we can’t do it alone. This film festival will facilitate an important dialog in our communities about how best to work together and support one another to save lives.”
“Documentary film screenings can be a powerful tool for building communities and creating a forum for public dialogue,” says Ben Fowlie, Executive Director of the Points North Institute. “We’re thrilled to work with MaineHealth to launch a series that directly confronts the opiate crisis, a critical issue that impact all Mainers.”
The Points North Institute, parent organization to the annual Camden International Film Festival, plans to continue connecting the conversation at the upcoming festival with a strategic summit meeting that brings together Maine-based nonprofit leaders working on opiate abuse and recovery. The Institute’s long-term goal is to use screenings of Recovery Boys and other films to catalyze community dialogues across the state.
Sunday, July 8, 12:00pm
Strand Theatre, Rockland
Sunday, July 8, 4:30pm & 6:00pm*
Islesboro Community Center
*double-feature of HEROIN(E) and RECOVERY BOYS w/ community potluck
Monday, July 9, 6:30pm
Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall, Vinalhaven
Tuesday, July 10, 7:00pm
The Colonial Theatre, Belfast
Wednesday, July 11, 7:00pm
Camden Opera House
About Points North Institute
Established in 2016, the Points North Institute is a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers. Building on the success of the Camden International Film Festival, which is now entering its 14th season, the Points North Institute’s mission is to bring together a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where new stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped. Programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a year-round calendar of artist development initiatives that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.
About the MaineHealth hub-and-spoke IMAT program
The Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment (IMAT) program is an effort that ensures patients get the care they need, from anywhere in the MaineHealth system. The program leverages the resources of Maine Behavioral Healthcare and other members of the system, and it is designed so that all patients get the best quality of care, at the level they need, and at a location as close to home as possible. Patients who need intensive services will get care by providers with special addiction training until they are more stable. More stable and healthy patients can get their IMAT treatment at primary care offices by doctors and behavioral health clinicians. If a patient’s condition worsens, they can switch back to intensive care for more help until they become more stable and ready to return to receiving care at a primary care office. Learn more here.
About Pen Bay Medical Center & Waldo County General Hospital
Pen Bay Medical Center is a not-for-profit, Leapfrog Top Rural and Straight A Safety Score Graded Hospital in Rockport, Maine. Pen Bay Medical Center operates as a family of services that also includes Pen Bay Physicians & Associates, Quarry Hill Retirement Community and the Knox Center. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services. Pen Bay Medical Center is a member of the MaineHealth system and Coastal Healthcare Alliance. For more information, please visit pbmc.org.
Waldo County General Hospital is a 2017 Becker’s Hospital Review Critical Access Hospital to Know that operates as a family of services that include Waldo County Medical Partners and Penobscot Shores Retirement Community. Through these organizations, we are committed to providing excellent care for patients and their families in a friendly, caring atmosphere. Services are provided as efficiently as possible with an eye on the future and in collaboration with other community-minded agencies. Waldo County General Hospital is a member of the MaineHealth system and Coastal Healthcare Alliance. For more information, please visit wcgh.org.
About Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving more than 20,000 children, adolescents and adults at over 30 locations throughout southern, western, and mid-coast Maine, providing a continuum of coordinated mental healthcare from outpatient community offices to inpatient acute care at Spring Harbor Hospital. For more information, please visit mainebehavioralhealthcare.org.