HIGH ON CRACK STREET: LOST LIVES IN LOWELL (1995)
20th anniversary screening. Jon Alpert and Maryann De Leo teamed with former drug addict Rich Farell, a resident of Lowell, Massachusetts, for this harrowing chronicle of addiction in the economically depressed blue-collar town. Filmed over a year and a half, Brenda, Dicky and Boo-Boo are followed in and out of crackhouses, rehab and jail, seeking an escape from the despair of their surroundings. Their lives later served as the inspiration for The Fighter, for which Christian Bale, portraying Dicky, won an Oscar. This screening coincides with Jon Alpert receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at DOC NYC’s Visionaries Tribute and screening his new film, Mariela Castro’s March.