Monday, May 2

Special Events ArchiveIndependent Film Festival Boston 2016

High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell

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Documentary

20th Anniversary Screening

Co-Presented by The DocYard

Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Deb Becker of WBUR

Dir Maryann DeLeo & Richard Farrell [60 mins]

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.