Tuesday, May 15, 2007

You'll never look at strangers
the same way again

The filmmakers were working on Random 1, a documentary series for the A&E network, which detailed their attempts to meet random strangers and help to make positive changes in their lives. In Woonsocket, they met two of their most provocative subjects.

Even though their series was eventually cancelled, the filmmakers carried on with their attempts to help and eventually turned the story into a film.

Missing from their families, two forgotten alcoholics are discovered hiding in the woods of Woonsocket, R.I., by a film crew. A series of profound coincidences lead to a miraculous reunion with their children, demonstrating the power of love and forgiveness. Just as the men begin their second chance at life one of them is forced to face a new challenge ... small town fame.

Normand Cartier, who has been sober 17 months since he met up with the filmmakers, hopes his story will be a positive influence on people struggling with addiction. "There's been a power given to me, and I want to give it back," he said. "I'm living proof there is hope. There are places you can get help, and it's possible to get there before you get to where I was," he said.

Watch the trailer here and read the Pawtucket Times article here. For more information about the film, visit its Web site.

If you happen to be in Jacksonville this weekend, the film will be shown Saturday, May 19, at Theatre Jacksonville.


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