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2017 North By Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival

Big Rapids

Directed by Justin Reifert

Chicago, IL / 2016 / 30 mins

Plays In:
Documentary Block B

Black Arts & Cultural Center
March 4, 2017 2:00 pm

Description

The abuse of prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Oxycontin has become one of the most pressing public health issues in America today. Filmmaker Justin Reifert highlights the personal side of this growing epidemic, taking viewers inside his own family as they struggle to support his brother’s recovery. When Josh, 34, is forced to move home with their parents, differing attitudes towards addiction and recovery ignite old tensions and threaten to divide the family.

Camera Used: Canon C100 and Canon 70D

Budget: $3,000

Contains: Language


Director's Bio

Justin Reifert is a documentary filmmaker and freelance producer in Chicago, IL.  He received BAs in International Relations and Russian Language from Michigan State University and a graduate certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from The Documentary Institute at George Washington University.  At GW, he co-produced the documentary short Leaving Sharpe, which was selected for the DC Independent Film Festival and the Annapolis Film Festival.  The film also won a CINE Golden Eagle Award.  Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Justin worked on national security issues in several positions for the federal government.  He received an MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University and currently serves as Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar.



Plays in

  1. Documentary Block B

    Two documentaries featuring stories about family.

    In This Program: REVZA, Big Rapids


Dates & Times

Plays In:
Documentary Block B

Black Arts & Cultural Center
March 4, 2017 2:00 pm