For the Love of Cinema & Recovery –

OCT 24, 2018  – An addiction specialist and counselor who has been sober for 24 years, Buschel — who co-founded the festival with his longtime friend Robert Downey Sr. — also co-founded Writers In Treatment, which offers free referrals for individuals suffering from alcoholism or addiction, and which also presents the festival. He is also the editor and publisher of the weekly Addiction Recovery eBulletin and produces the annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards in Los Angeles, honoring public figures in recovery who have written books about their careers and their former addiction. “Somehow, I feel like I was born to do this work, after years of being into drugs and being into film at the same time,” Buschel said. “It merges all the things that I love, because film includes music, costuming, design — all the arts.”

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