18 May 2012 Update:
AMERICAN ADDICT is playing at the Seattle International Film Festival, May 18 and 19, 2012. Click here for details. Scroll down below for trailer.
The United States comprises 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 80 percent of its pharmaceutical narcotics. This startling statistic opens AMERICAN ADDICT, documentarian Sasha Knezev’s in-depth examination of the corporatization of America’s drug dependency and its impact on both capitalism and public health. He supports his case with disturbing statistics and emotional first-person accounts from addicts, their families, noted doctors, scientific researchers, and police. Archival news footage recounts the frequent role of prescription narcotics in celebrity deaths—from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger—to illustrate how this $64 billion industry has shaped social and political policies. A thorough indictment, AMERICAN ADDICT leaves no facet of the pharmacological industry’s influence unexplored. Noting historical examples such as the government’s Bush-era revamping of the Medicaid program to benefit big business and its staggering contributions to political candidates, the film exposes the pharmaceutical industry’s sway on politics and education. This hard-to-forget film will leave you questioning medical practices and the place of “legal” drugs in our society.
24 June 2011:
Big news. Jon is the associate producer on a new film documentary, AMERICAN ADDICT, now being shot around the country. It's a great project, headed up by Jon's friend, director Sasha Knezev. The team is aimed for a premiere at the Sundance Festival in January 2012.
AMERICAN ADDICT is a documentary about the extent and horrendous effects of prescription-drug addiction in America. Interviews, first-person accounts, background on the secret epidemic that is destroying lives from nursing homes to inner cities to affluent bedroom communities to mansions of the ultra-wealthy.
Stay tuned for updates on AMERICAN ADDICT.
About Sasha Knezev:
Sasha (imbd) is the director of FRAGMENTS OF DANIELA (trailer) -- a powerful feature film about the sex trafficking of young Eastern European women. It won an award as the Best Dramatic Feature at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
The Festival's director, Stuart Alson said, "New York audiences loved Fragments of Daniela, and it was well-received at this year's Cannes market. Mr. Knezev is a passionate and talented filmmaker and his characters are deeply compelling."
About Jon Rappoport:
Over the last 35 years, Jon Rappoport has gained a reputation as one of the most relentless medical investigative reporters in the world. Nominated early in his career for a Pulitzer Prize, Jon has written for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magizines in the US and Europe. His is currently the associate producer on a film in progress, American Addict, detailing the effects of pharmaceuticals on the US population.
To learn more about about Jon, visit www.nomorefakenews.com.