Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Location: Brattle Theatre
Details: 1995, USA, 60 min
Directors: Richard Farrell, Maryann De Leo, and Jon Alpert
Co-presentation with the Independent Film Festival Boston
Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Deb Becker of WBUR. Directors Richard Farrell and Maryann De Leo in person!
Description: Twenty years ago, Jon Alpert and Maryann De Leo teamed with former drug addict Rich Farrell, a resident of Lowell, MA, to create this harrowing chronicle of addiction in the economically depressed, blue-collar town. Filmed over a year and a half, HIGH ON CRACK STREET follows Brenda, Dicky, and Boo-Boo in and out of crackhouses, rehab, and jail as they seek 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.