Posted Friday, July 27, 2012
Greg Williams of Connecticut has a goal. He wants to see his work-in-progress documentary on recovery, “The Anonymous People,” come to light.
With his film, Williams aims to break the stigma of addiction, break the idea that anonymity is needed in recovery and simply answer the question: Why don’t we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?
“‘The Anonymous People’ is a story about addiction, but it’s a story about addiction that you have never heard before,” Williams says. “There’s no fried eggs in a pan, pictures of the brain, needles hanging out of people’s arms. It’s a story about the other side of addiction—the 20 million people living in long-term recovery.”
But there’s one catch. Williams needs help to see his film come to fruition. He needs $45,000 to complete the piece and has already raised more than $7,000. He has a deadline to meet before September’s National Recovery Month.
Williams says he currently has more than 75 hours of footage to create the film, and has already invested close to $100,000 to the project.
In the film, Williams talks with such recovery advocates as Laurie Dhue, veteran national news anchor, Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA, William Cope Moyers, author of Broken, and many more. In opening the world up to faces of recovery, the objective is to ease and eventually break the deeply-entrenched social stigma and mass thinking that people in recovery should keep their voices silent and faces hidden. But it’s important to note that no film footage has or will be taken inside meetings held by Twelve Step fellowships.
To learn about the project, watch the video below.
By encouraging a passionate public recovery movement, the hope is to fuel a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
“Through your support on this campaign, you can help me finish this movie—together.”