Our January 23rd Dosed event is just over a week away. With a film that addresses addiction and mental health, we anticipate an engaging and important post-film conversation.
We asked filmmakers Tyler Chandler and Nicholas Meyers to answer a couple questions in advance of the event.
Adrianne discusses some incredibly personal details about her life in Dosed. When did she first watch the film? And what was her reaction?
Adrianne watched DOSED for the first time in a theatre at a private event that had more than 400 people in attendance. She cried a lot and it was difficult for her to watch herself going through everything on the big screen. We were very nervous that she wouldn’t like it, but even though it was tough to watch, she recognized that it’s a really well done documentary and she even joined us on stage afterwards for the audience Q&A (which she had not planned on doing). She doesn’t join Q&As often, but she will on January 23rd for the Reel Causes event so that makes it even more special… but she’s going to skip watching the movie.
What is an outcome you hope to see from Adrianne’s story being shared?
Just like many efforts to encourage a safe dialogue around mental health issues, we know DOSED does this because people lose the stigma almost immediately after watching the documentary. The stigma around mental health and also around psychedelics turns to a healthy conversation where people don’t feel judged or the need to hide issues they’re struggling with. When people are comfortable opening up about these things, a lot of healing can take place.
What has been the response from the community?
It’s overwhelmingly positive; DOSED keeps selling out theatres all over the world and is transcending from the psychedelic community to a mainstream audience where everyone can relate to Adrianne’s journey because everyone knows someone struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or addiction issues.
We’ve had people tell us they need to rethink their career and move towards making this more accessible to people, or that the documentary served as a tipping point to seek help for themselves or a loved one, with positive results like overcoming depression or meth addiction.
People are feeling inspired to make a difference and it’s raising a lot of awareness during a critical time as communities all over the world are faced with a mental health and addiction crisis the current medical system doesn’t have a solution for.
You’ve partnered with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada on previous screenings. How did you get involved with the organization?
Early on when we were doing research for the documentary, we learned that MAPS and MAPS Canada is leading the way on psychedelic research. To compliment Adrianne’s journey in the documentary, we reached out to Mark Haden (Executive Director, MAPS Canada), Rick Doblin (founder, MAPS) and others to see if they’d provide their expert opinions with an interview for DOSED.
Since then, we’ve aligned on several screenings to bring more awareness about this topic, include expert panels for audience Q&As, and fundraise for MAPS Canada towards psychedelic research, which relies solely on private funding. The government really needs to step up and fast track this research, allow special access, speed up clinical trials, and provide funding, which will end a lot of suffering, and save a lot of lives and money in the long run.
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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.