Side-By-Side Ministries invites you to attend a free showing of an award-winning film, Lost in Woonsocket, on Tuesday, September 7 in Sacramento. There will be two showings, with an opportunity after each to meet a key figure in the film.
Lost in Woonsocket introduces viewers to Normand Cartier. Living in a tent in the woods, suffering from addiction and estranged from his family for more than 13 years, Cartier had all but given up hope of recovery. The film crew from the award winning A&E television series Random 1 found Cartier and offered him the chance for treatment, rehabilitation, and a fresh start with his family. Originally slated to air on the television show, the resulting footage and concept proved much larger than any show could grasp. Lost in Woonsocket was born.
The film provides a rare glimpse into the internal and external struggles that often serve as obstacles on the road to recovery. Fear and faith, hope and despair – Lost in Woonsocket highlights the emotional contradictions that accompany attempts at personal reformation. But with the help of a philanthropic film crew and a number of unexplained incidents, Normand Cartier proves that, even in the face of adversity, the human spirit can triumph.
The critically-acclaimed film premiered at SXSW Film Festival, selling out every showing and concluding each with a standing ovation. Since then, the film has become an inspiring tool in the addictions and recovery community. After a sold-out screening in Rhode Island with more than 1,500 people in attendance, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy called the film, "a great testament to recovery and the redeeming qualities of humanity."
Normand Cartier himself will be present to answer questions after both Sacramento screenings of the film – both of which are FREE and open to the public: Tuesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. at The Delany Center (corner of North 12th Street and Ahern) at Loaves & Fishes; and Tuesday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2100 "J" Street (parking is available in rear lot).
Both events are coordinated by Side-By-Side Ministries, an affiliated program of Loaves & Fishes.