USA / 2018 / 89'
Director: Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Recovery Boys follows four residents (Jeff, Rush, Adam, and Ryan) during their time at Jacob's Ladder and shortly after completing the program. The documentary shows the reality of the addiction epidemic from a personal perspective – highlighting the residents' individual struggles and the struggles of their loved ones. It is beautifully shot, edited, and produced by West Virginia natives, Academy Award nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin James Sheldon.
"Intimate, poignant, and raw, establishing Sheldon as one of the most vital documentary filmmakers at the moment, especially on the often misunderstood subject of addiction. The social impact of a film like this shouldn't be understated. Recovery Boys is a film with the power to break down potentially judgmental barriers that can stop someone's chances to clean up their lives dead in their tracks."
"Unearths moments of raw revelation that quietly highlight our
shameful lack of effective help… A moving yet cautionary tale and a
painful reminder that recovery is a journey that never really ends."
The New York Times
"Set in the middle of this crisis, the film provides an exploration of male emotions will be refreshing to anyone who has grown accustomed to staid representations within popular culture, as will the film's focus
on people in recovery instead of people suffering from addiction."
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