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Speed Cinema+ Presents a Free Film: Methadone: An American Way of Dealing

February 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Methadone: An American Way of Dealing
Directed by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein, and Miles Mogulescu


Methadone: An American Way of Dealing remains a timely film about how the U.S. deals with heroin addiction, circa the 1970s rise in addiction rates. It addresses how social services, designed to help, in fact often neutralize those they serve through the prescription of methadone to treat heroin/opioid addiction. By looking at multiple clinics and treatment programs, the film encourages viewers to question the deeply rooted social inequalities that give rise to drug addiction and the continued government sanctioned methadone treatment. 1974, U.S., DCP, 60 minutes. Recommended for 16+.

CINEMA+ Director Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar Julia Reichert will be present.


Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film
This retrospective celebrates one of the most distinguished bodies of work in American independent film and one of our most accomplished documentarians—Julia Reichert.
Reichert is a pioneering documentary filmmaker and a three-time Academy Award-nominee. Reichert’s first film, Growing Up Female (1971), made with Jim Klein, was the first feature documentary of the modern women’s movement and was recently selected for the National Film Registry. Her films, Union Maids (1976) and Seeing Red (1984) (also with Klein), were both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary. Seeing Red premiered at the Telluride and New York Film Festivals, and it screened theatrically in more than 100 cinemas across the country.
Reichert’s landmark four-hour documentary, A Lion in the House (2006), made with Steven Bognar, premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS, and won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. Her film, The Last Truck (2009, also with Bognar), premiered on HBO and screened at the Telluride Film Festival.
Reichert and Bognar created the interactive multi-platform web project, Reinvention Stories (2012/2013). She also co-directed the short films Sparkle (2012) and Making Morning Star (2016), which have been seen in numerous festivals and on PBS. Reichert is a co-founder of New Day Films, an independent film distribution co-op. She is the author of Doing It Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film. She is a mother and a grandmother who lives and works in small town Ohio, drawn to stories that explore class, gender, and race in America. Presently, Reichert completed American Factory in 2019 (shortlisted for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar) and is working on 9to5: The Story of a Movement (2020)—two feature documentaries probing the themes that have guided her life’s work.
Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts with the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and is curated by Wexner Center Director of Film/Video David Filipi. Special thanks to Chicken & Egg Pictures for its support. Film descriptions courtesy the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The Speed’s presentation of Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


February 15, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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