Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 11/4/02

MARLBORO, VT – "Here Today," a documentary film about heroin in Vermont and its affect on families will play in Whittemore Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1:15 p.m. The film showing will be followed by an open discussion with Bess O’Brien, the director, and others involved in the film’s creation.

"Here Today" profiles six Vermont families and explores the stories of people from diverse economic backgrounds. It includes a look at a middle class family struggling with the heroin addiction of their son to a working class man and recovered addict of five years. Slices of life include a 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her four child. Her first three children were put up for adoption because of her drug addiction. This woman ends up loosing her fourth child during the film because of her addiction.

Film screenings of "Here Today" will be held across the state during the year. This tour is underwritten by the Vermont Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s HMO affiliate and co-sponsored by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Newport Adolescence and Adult Programs of Newport.

William Milnes, Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO said, “We are proud to be the state underwriters of this powerful film on heroin. We want communities to see the film, engage in the discussion afterwards, and come together around this pressing issue in Vermont.”

Admission to this film screening is free of charge. The screening is open to the public. For more information on the "Here Today" tour, call Kingdom County Productions at (802) 592-3190.

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