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02 March Thursday

Written Off, The Healer, AA

Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221 United States


Featuring the following selection of films:  "Written Off," "The Healer" and "AA"

"Written Off" Directed by Molly Hermann - Chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, who grew up in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Matt was just 15 when a prescription for opiates following a botched toe surgery altered the course of his life. That first high led to an endless quest for more. Over the next decade he conned, stole and worked double shifts at minimum wage to pay his rent and feed his addiction. Desperate for the next fix – more often to avoid withdrawal than to get a recreational high – Matt spun a creative web of deceit. Smart and persuasive, his lies fed his addiction as much as the actual drugs. Those who loved him never quite knew what to believe. But Matt told the real story in two spiral-bound journals, documenting every hit and his desperate struggle to quit.

Documentary Feature - United States, 1:20:54

"AA" Directed by Charles Beale - An AA meeting goes awry when the members turn out not to be who they say they are.

Narrative Short - United States, 13:05

Charles Irving Beale - "AA" Charles Irving Beale is a writer and director from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He's lived the past five yearsin Los Angeles, California pursuing filmmaking as a career. He is proud to present his first festivalrunner: AA.

"The Healer" Directed by Jaime Mateus-Tique - Many years after leaving his native Ivory Coast, Jacob has found success and oblivion in New York city, but his encounter with a young and troubled boy will help him reconnect with his family and his true self.

Narrative Short - United States, 14:57

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“The Healer” – Director’s Statement, Jaime Mateus-Tique

In light of the current immigration crises in Europe and the US, I wanted to explore the personal identity crisis that persists beyond the immediate economic and social difficulties. Born in France to a family of immigrants (or is it “emigrants” – that’s really the question), I wanted to address this ongoing tension between allegiance to the country where you live and the love for the country of your ancestors. Your origins become a suffix made mandatory when your skin or your name forces the issue: “I am French of Senegalese origin, a French Moroccan, French of Portuguese origin”, and represent both a constant obstacle to be overcome and a profound source of pride – a shield against humiliation.

I placed the story in New York as an ideal location for questions of immigrant identity. I also wanted to ensure that our protagonist, Jacob, was socially successful to focus the story on the dilemma of the uprooted: to adhere to the traditions which he belongs or to integrate into the new nation without being able to completely erase the aftertaste of betrayal? This integration proceeds through self-acceptance, from his past to his present, by creating a new identity, rich and complex.


Molly Hermann - "Written Off"  Molly is a producer, director and writer whose documentary work spans genres, continents and centuries. Over the past 20 years, Molly has produced award-winning work for PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Network, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and BBC America. Her work has taken her from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to a Casablanca mosque, from red rock Utah canyons to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and searching for birds of paradise in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Molly received the CINE Awards Special Jury Prize for the Smithsonian Channel program “9/11: Stories in Fragments” and an Emmy nomination for "Jefferson's Secret Bible," both produced in collaboration with the National Museum of American History. Molly is a founding partner of the Falls Church, Virginia-based company, The Biscuit Factory, which has been producing factual programming for the past 9 years.


March 2
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Venue Name: Byrd Theatre
Address: 2908 W. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221 United States

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Director: Molly Herman
Writer(s): Molly Herman