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Creating a Narrative for Change: The Opioid Crisis


Date: Nov 02, 2017 - Nov 03, 2017
Campus: Dayton
Location: Building 12


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Stories about drug overdoses have been all over the news, so it probably won’t come as a shock: Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. But why Ohio? And what happens next? Sinclair College, Antioch University, and ThinkTV are proud to present this innovative and unique 2-day event, focused on bringing a new perspective to the opioid crisis sweeping our nation.

Join us on November 2 and 3 for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a 2-part master class to increase your understanding of the epidemic and help bring about change! This event is free and open to the public, and registration for each day is required. CEUs are available.


Program Details

Antioch University, Sinclair Community College and ThinkTV are collaborating to produce an event that will focus on bringing together a broad spectrum of stakeholders and creating an opportunity for these individuals and communities to tackle one of the most complex critical issues facing our democracy – the opioid crisis. 

This event - Creating a Narrative for Change: The Opioid Crisis, is anticipated to be of interest to the medical and recovery communities, insurers, government officials, legal and law enforcement communities, students, recovering addicts and their families, and community members.

Parking is available in Lot C and A (overflow). Click here for driving directions and a parking map.

 
  1. Keynote – Barry Meier, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from The New York Times is our keynote speaker.  Mr. Meier was the journalist who first reported on the painkiller crisis in the early 2001. His 2003 book Painkiller documents a community that came together to take a stand.
  2. Panel Discussion: Community Experts – Hear and ask questions of a panel of local and national experts reflecting the many segments engaged in the opiate crisis. Panelists include experts from county based alcohol, drug and mental health services, criminal justice, public policy, healthcare and a person in recovery.
  3. Breakout Sessions - Three break-out sessions will allow attendees to dive more deeply into the issues. These will involve facilitated conversations and debates amongst diverse stakeholders from across social, economic, ethnic, racial, religious and political divides. The goal of these sessions is to encourage dialogue that furthers understanding and change.
    • • Breakout Session I - The Policy of Addiction
      This break-out session is designed for those interested in, or actively involved in policy, governance, law enforcement, media and leadership in our communities and in the state.
    • • Breakout Session II – First Responders and Social Services
      This break-out session is designed for those interested in, or actively involved as first-responders and those on the front-lines working in social services, hospitals, and education systems.
    • • Breakout Session III – Caregivers
      This break-out session is designed for parents, loved ones, educators, and those directly affected by addiction.
  4. Narcan Training - Colleen Smith, Director of Substance Abuse Services at Samaritan Behavioral Health, and her team will conduct Narcan training in conjunction with this symposium.  Participants completing this optional training will leave with a kit and the knowledge necessary to use it.  If you are interested in this component you must pre-register and indicate your choice of the two training sessions offered:
    • • Thursday, November 2 – 8:30-9:15 AM (before Community Conversation kicks off)
    • • Thursday, November 2 – 2:30-3:15 PM (after the breakout sessions conclude)
  5. Screening of “1000 Junkies” Film - This film recently made its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.  While this screening is actually the first component of the master class, it is open to all attendees. A review of the film published in the Hollywood Reporter suggests It’s not surprising that Tommy Swerdlow’s helming debut about three heroin addicts in desperate search of a fix reeks with authenticity. The film’s director/co-writer was an addict himself for nearly two decades, suffering open-heart surgery and a near-fatal bleeding ulcer as a result. Known for his screenplays for such family-oriented comedies as Cool Runnings and Snow Dogs, Swerdlow has now turned his experiences into A Thousand Junkies, a film geared to a decidedly different demographic.”
  6. Master Class - Storytelling & Democracy: Creating Positive Change  

    This limited enrollment class spans Thursday afternoon and Friday and is taught by award-winning journalists and directors. It is designed to encourage students, stakeholders and media professionals to shape, share and tell stories that matter. We want to inspire participants to innovate and articulate new approaches to fostering dialogue about pressing social issues through new uses of different media, multiple platforms, and creative distribution efforts.The Master Class is designed for those interested in telling their stories and looking to understand the basic elements of Storytelling for Democracy, as well as media professionals who want to sharpen, hone and deepen their skills.

    Following the screening of “1000 Junkies”, the Master Class will commence with a Skype session with screenwriter and director, Tommy Swerdlow. This session will set the stage for those participating in the Master Class.

Event Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday, November 2, 2017 (@Sinclair) - Community Conversation
TIME EVENT
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome | Room 12150
      • President Steve Johnson - Sinclair Community College
      • Chancellor Bill Groves - Antioch University
      • Felice Nudelman - Executive Vice President, The Weiss Institute
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Keynote - Barry Meier - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (The New York Times) and author
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel: Community Experts
      • Greta Mayer - CEO, MHRB Clark, Greene & Madison Counties
      • Will McChesney - Person in Recovery, Sinclair Graduate and OSU student
      • Jessica Nickel - President, Brimley Group - Public Policy
      • Colleen Smith - Directory of Substance Abuse Services, Samaritan Behavioral Health
      • Judge Mary Wiseman - Judge, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court
           and Women's Drug Court
Moderator: Barry Meier
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (box lunches)
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break-Out Sessions

I. Policy of Addiction
      • Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer
      • Mayor Nan Whaley
      • Judge Mary Wiseman, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court
      • Cheryl Taylor, Program Director Prison Education, Sinclair
      • Will McChesney, Person in Recovery, Sinclair Graduate and OSU student
      • William Roberts, Person in recovery, Addiction Services Supervisor, Dayton &
           Montgomery County Public Health
Moderator: Adam Murka, Associate Vice President for Institutional Strategy, Sinclair

II. First Responders and Social Services
      • Kim Kleinhans – Family Advocacy Manager, Brigid’s Path
      • Chief Nick Heimlich, Fire Rescue Division, City of Springfield
      • Major Wendy Stiver, Dayton Police Department
      • Dr. Christopher Croom, Medical Director, Promise to Hope
      • Lori Erion, Person in Recovery and Founder of Families of Addicts
Moderator: Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services for Montgomery County

III. Caregivers
      • Brad Silvus, Greenon Local Superintendent, Families of Addicts Board member &
           Clark County Director
      • Dr. Brian Merrill, Psychiatrist, TCN Behavioral Health
      • Eric Mata, Person in Recovery and Life Coach, CareSource Life Services
      • Dawn Cooksey, Behavioral Health Director, Goodwill-Easter Seals
      • Amy Pulver, Executive Director, The Hope Spot
Moderator: Reverend Vanessa Ward, Co-Pastor, Omega Baptist Church
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Screening – 1000 Junkies from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival *

*While this is this screening is actually the first component of the Master Class, the screening and discussion are open to all attendees. Join us for the movie and a discussion with screenwriter and director, Tommy Swerdlow.
Day 1 - Thursday, November 2, 2017 (@Sinclair) - Master Class Part I*
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Master Class -
Storytelling and Democracy: Creating Positive Change

Instructors:

      • Peter Werner, Academy Award winning director
      • Stuart Sender, Award winning film director

Topics:
      • Discussion and Skype Session with Tommy Swerdlow
      • Instructor led conversation on writing your own story
      • Analysis of other addiction stories and development
      • “Homework” designed to create a template for second day
Day 2 - Friday, November 3, 2017 (@ ThinkTV) – Master Class Part II
TIME EVENT
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Master Class (continued) -
Storytelling and Democracy: Creating Positive Change

Topics:

      • Review of several student story templates
      • Breakout group discussions
      • Writing passionate stories for democracy
      • Shaping your story to be most effective
      • Making an impact with your story
Narcan Workshops (optional sessions) - Thursday, November 2
TIME EVENT
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
AM (before Community Conversation kicks off)

PM (after the breakout sessions conclude)

Additional Information

Barry Meier photo

Barry Meier
Barry Meier joined the staff of The New York Times in 1989. He has specialized in reporting on business, public policy and health and safety. His investigations have examined, among other subjects, the overzealous marketing of the painkiller OxyContin, the selective release of drug trial findings and self-dealing among companies involved in the hospital supply industry.
Before joining The Times, he was a special projects reporter for New York Newsday. Previously, he worked for five years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. His articles both at The Times and elsewhere have led to Congressional hearings and changes in federal laws.
He is also the author of “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death,” published in 2003, a book about pain treatment and prescription drug abuse that grew out of his reporting about OxyContin for The Times.
Born in New York in 1949, Mr. Meier attended Syracuse University.

Source: The New York Times

NYT Publications by Barry Meier
A World of Hurt - 2013 Book exploring opiate painkillers and the consequences of long-term use.


Stuart Sender photo

Stuart Sender
Stuart Sender has written, produced and directed award-winning news and documentary programs for public and network television in the United States and internationally. His credits include the Oscar-nominated documentary film Prisoner of Paradise (prisonerofparadise.com) which also received a Directors Guild nomination for best documentary feature.
His career includes a stint at CBS news and working as Senior Producer of the weekly PBS newsmagazine South Africa Now which won a Polk Award for excellence in journalism. He also produced the first exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela following Mandela's release from prison for the Phil Donahue Show.
Most recently, he has written, produced and directed (with his wife and partner Julie Bergman Sender through their company Balcony Films www.balconyfilms.com) a number of documentary pieces and celebrity-driven political films and commercials: including pieces featuring Will Ferrell (whitehousewest.com), Stevie Wonder (at November2.org) Helen Hunt (on-line at Saveroe.com) and Jason Alexander (Outsourceoutrage.com); and documentary pieces for the American Civil Liberties Union and Mother Jones Magazine, among others. Balcony films, a media consulting firm and film production company, specializes in outside-the-box media messaging, merging storytelling with policy and state-of-the-art distribution strategies for progressive issues, causes and campaigns, as well as films.

Source: HuffPost


Peter Werner photo

Peter Werner
Peter Werner began his professional life as a teacher and documentary filmmaker; he has Master's degrees in both fields. After a year as a V.I.S.T.A. Volunteer in downtown Detroit, he co-founded a Quaker high school in Deerfield, MA. While teaching in Vermont, he met Frances Flaherty, widow of the great "father of documentaries" Robert. Frances became both his friend and mentor and allowed Peter to make a documentary portrait of her that aired on PBS. It was the first project produced by his younger brother, Tom, who went on to create The Cosby Show, Roseanne and many others under his company Carsey-Werner. Tom is currently co-owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club.
Peter's American Film Institute student film, which he wrote and directed based on the short story "In the Region of Ice" by Joyce Carol Oates, was shown at the New York Film Festival and earned Peter an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Since then he has directed documentaries, pilots, including Nash Bridges, TV movies and a plethora of episodic television series. His credits include Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, A Different World, The Wonder Years, Moonlighting, and Graham Yost's series Boomtown and Justified. In the span of his career, Werner has been nominated for multiple Emmy and D.G.A. Awards. He won an ACE cable Award for his HBO film, The Image, starring Albert Finney. He is married with three children and has been a board member of his son's schools as well as the American Film Institute. Peter has two Master’s degrees including a Master of Arts in Teaching from Antioch University New England. He has taught and lectured extensively and has practiced Buddhism for 30 years.

Source: IMDb


Tommy Swerdlow photo

Tommy Swerdlow

Tommy Swerdlow is a a poet/screenwriter/actor/director and teacher. His movies include A Thousand Junkies (writer, director and cast), Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs. His poetry CD “Prisoner Of The Gifted Sleep” was released on New Alliance records.

Learn More About A Thousand Junkies


For additional information or questions, contact Laura Mercer at
laura.mercer@sinclair.edu


Additional sponsorship provided by:

logo for Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties


logo for Caresource


logo for Premier Health


logo for Montgomery County Alchohol, Drug Addition and Mental Health Services

Creating a Narrative for Change: The Opioid Crisis


Date: Nov 02, 2017 - Nov 03, 2017
Campus: Dayton
Location: Building 12


logo for Sinclair College


logo for Antioch University

logo for Think TV

Stories about drug overdoses have been all over the news, so it probably won’t come as a shock: Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. But why Ohio? And what happens next? Sinclair College, Antioch University, and ThinkTV are proud to present this innovative and unique 2-day event, focused on bringing a new perspective to the opioid crisis sweeping our nation.

Join us on November 2 and 3 for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a 2-part master class to increase your understanding of the epidemic and help bring about change! This event is free and open to the public, and registration for each day is required. CEUs are available.


Program Details

Antioch University, Sinclair Community College and ThinkTV are collaborating to produce an event that will focus on bringing together a broad spectrum of stakeholders and creating an opportunity for these individuals and communities to tackle one of the most complex critical issues facing our democracy – the opioid crisis. 

This event - Creating a Narrative for Change: The Opioid Crisis, is anticipated to be of interest to the medical and recovery communities, insurers, government officials, legal and law enforcement communities, students, recovering addicts and their families, and community members.

Parking is available in Lot C and A (overflow). Click here for driving directions and a parking map.

 
  1. Keynote – Barry Meier, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from The New York Times is our keynote speaker.  Mr. Meier was the journalist who first reported on the painkiller crisis in the early 2001. His 2003 book Painkiller documents a community that came together to take a stand.
  2. Panel Discussion: Community Experts – Hear and ask questions of a panel of local and national experts reflecting the many segments engaged in the opiate crisis. Panelists include experts from county based alcohol, drug and mental health services, criminal justice, public policy, healthcare and a person in recovery.
  3. Breakout Sessions - Three break-out sessions will allow attendees to dive more deeply into the issues. These will involve facilitated conversations and debates amongst diverse stakeholders from across social, economic, ethnic, racial, religious and political divides. The goal of these sessions is to encourage dialogue that furthers understanding and change.
    • • Breakout Session I - The Policy of Addiction
      This break-out session is designed for those interested in, or actively involved in policy, governance, law enforcement, media and leadership in our communities and in the state.
    • • Breakout Session II – First Responders and Social Services
      This break-out session is designed for those interested in, or actively involved as first-responders and those on the front-lines working in social services, hospitals, and education systems.
    • • Breakout Session III – Caregivers
      This break-out session is designed for parents, loved ones, educators, and those directly affected by addiction.
  4. Narcan Training - Colleen Smith, Director of Substance Abuse Services at Samaritan Behavioral Health, and her team will conduct Narcan training in conjunction with this symposium.  Participants completing this optional training will leave with a kit and the knowledge necessary to use it.  If you are interested in this component you must pre-register and indicate your choice of the two training sessions offered:
    • • Thursday, November 2 – 8:30-9:15 AM (before Community Conversation kicks off)
    • • Thursday, November 2 – 2:30-3:15 PM (after the breakout sessions conclude)
  5. Screening of “1000 Junkies” Film - This film recently made its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.  While this screening is actually the first component of the master class, it is open to all attendees. A review of the film published in the Hollywood Reporter suggests It’s not surprising that Tommy Swerdlow’s helming debut about three heroin addicts in desperate search of a fix reeks with authenticity. The film’s director/co-writer was an addict himself for nearly two decades, suffering open-heart surgery and a near-fatal bleeding ulcer as a result. Known for his screenplays for such family-oriented comedies as Cool Runnings and Snow Dogs, Swerdlow has now turned his experiences into A Thousand Junkies, a film geared to a decidedly different demographic.”
  6. Master Class - Storytelling & Democracy: Creating Positive Change  

    This limited enrollment class spans Thursday afternoon and Friday and is taught by award-winning journalists and directors. It is designed to encourage students, stakeholders and media professionals to shape, share and tell stories that matter. We want to inspire participants to innovate and articulate new approaches to fostering dialogue about pressing social issues through new uses of different media, multiple platforms, and creative distribution efforts.The Master Class is designed for those interested in telling their stories and looking to understand the basic elements of Storytelling for Democracy, as well as media professionals who want to sharpen, hone and deepen their skills.

    Following the screening of “1000 Junkies”, the Master Class will commence with a Skype session with screenwriter and director, Tommy Swerdlow. This session will set the stage for those participating in the Master Class.

Event Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday, November 2, 2017 (@Sinclair) - Community Conversation
TIME EVENT
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Welcome | Room 12150
      • President Steve Johnson - Sinclair Community College
      • Chancellor Bill Groves - Antioch University
      • Felice Nudelman - Executive Vice President, The Weiss Institute
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Keynote - Barry Meier - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist (The New York Times) and author
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel: Community Experts
      • Greta Mayer - CEO, MHRB Clark, Greene & Madison Counties
      • Will McChesney - Person in Recovery, Sinclair Graduate and OSU student
      • Jessica Nickel - President, Brimley Group - Public Policy
      • Colleen Smith - Directory of Substance Abuse Services, Samaritan Behavioral Health
      • Judge Mary Wiseman - Judge, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court
           and Women's Drug Court
Moderator: Barry Meier
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (box lunches)
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break-Out Sessions

I. Policy of Addiction
      • Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer
      • Mayor Nan Whaley
      • Judge Mary Wiseman, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court
      • Cheryl Taylor, Program Director Prison Education, Sinclair
      • Will McChesney, Person in Recovery, Sinclair Graduate and OSU student
      • William Roberts, Person in recovery, Addiction Services Supervisor, Dayton &
           Montgomery County Public Health
Moderator: Adam Murka, Associate Vice President for Institutional Strategy, Sinclair

II. First Responders and Social Services
      • Kim Kleinhans – Family Advocacy Manager, Brigid’s Path
      • Chief Nick Heimlich, Fire Rescue Division, City of Springfield
      • Major Wendy Stiver, Dayton Police Department
      • Dr. Christopher Croom, Medical Director, Promise to Hope
      • Lori Erion, Person in Recovery and Founder of Families of Addicts
Moderator: Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services for Montgomery County

III. Caregivers
      • Brad Silvus, Greenon Local Superintendent, Families of Addicts Board member &
           Clark County Director
      • Dr. Brian Merrill, Psychiatrist, TCN Behavioral Health
      • Eric Mata, Person in Recovery and Life Coach, CareSource Life Services
      • Dawn Cooksey, Behavioral Health Director, Goodwill-Easter Seals
      • Amy Pulver, Executive Director, The Hope Spot
Moderator: Reverend Vanessa Ward, Co-Pastor, Omega Baptist Church
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Screening – 1000 Junkies from the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival *

*While this is this screening is actually the first component of the Master Class, the screening and discussion are open to all attendees. Join us for the movie and a discussion with screenwriter and director, Tommy Swerdlow.
Day 1 - Thursday, November 2, 2017 (@Sinclair) - Master Class Part I*
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Master Class -
Storytelling and Democracy: Creating Positive Change

Instructors:

      • Peter Werner, Academy Award winning director
      • Stuart Sender, Award winning film director

Topics:
      • Discussion and Skype Session with Tommy Swerdlow
      • Instructor led conversation on writing your own story
      • Analysis of other addiction stories and development
      • “Homework” designed to create a template for second day
Day 2 - Friday, November 3, 2017 (@ ThinkTV) – Master Class Part II
TIME EVENT
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Master Class (continued) -
Storytelling and Democracy: Creating Positive Change

Topics:

      • Review of several student story templates
      • Breakout group discussions
      • Writing passionate stories for democracy
      • Shaping your story to be most effective
      • Making an impact with your story
Narcan Workshops (optional sessions) - Thursday, November 2
TIME EVENT
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
AM (before Community Conversation kicks off)

PM (after the breakout sessions conclude)

Additional Information

Barry Meier photo

Barry Meier
Barry Meier joined the staff of The New York Times in 1989. He has specialized in reporting on business, public policy and health and safety. His investigations have examined, among other subjects, the overzealous marketing of the painkiller OxyContin, the selective release of drug trial findings and self-dealing among companies involved in the hospital supply industry.
Before joining The Times, he was a special projects reporter for New York Newsday. Previously, he worked for five years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. His articles both at The Times and elsewhere have led to Congressional hearings and changes in federal laws.
He is also the author of “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death,” published in 2003, a book about pain treatment and prescription drug abuse that grew out of his reporting about OxyContin for The Times.
Born in New York in 1949, Mr. Meier attended Syracuse University.

Source: The New York Times

NYT Publications by Barry Meier
A World of Hurt - 2013 Book exploring opiate painkillers and the consequences of long-term use.


Stuart Sender photo

Stuart Sender
Stuart Sender has written, produced and directed award-winning news and documentary programs for public and network television in the United States and internationally. His credits include the Oscar-nominated documentary film Prisoner of Paradise (prisonerofparadise.com) which also received a Directors Guild nomination for best documentary feature.
His career includes a stint at CBS news and working as Senior Producer of the weekly PBS newsmagazine South Africa Now which won a Polk Award for excellence in journalism. He also produced the first exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela following Mandela's release from prison for the Phil Donahue Show.
Most recently, he has written, produced and directed (with his wife and partner Julie Bergman Sender through their company Balcony Films www.balconyfilms.com) a number of documentary pieces and celebrity-driven political films and commercials: including pieces featuring Will Ferrell (whitehousewest.com), Stevie Wonder (at November2.org) Helen Hunt (on-line at Saveroe.com) and Jason Alexander (Outsourceoutrage.com); and documentary pieces for the American Civil Liberties Union and Mother Jones Magazine, among others. Balcony films, a media consulting firm and film production company, specializes in outside-the-box media messaging, merging storytelling with policy and state-of-the-art distribution strategies for progressive issues, causes and campaigns, as well as films.

Source: HuffPost


Peter Werner photo

Peter Werner
Peter Werner began his professional life as a teacher and documentary filmmaker; he has Master's degrees in both fields. After a year as a V.I.S.T.A. Volunteer in downtown Detroit, he co-founded a Quaker high school in Deerfield, MA. While teaching in Vermont, he met Frances Flaherty, widow of the great "father of documentaries" Robert. Frances became both his friend and mentor and allowed Peter to make a documentary portrait of her that aired on PBS. It was the first project produced by his younger brother, Tom, who went on to create The Cosby Show, Roseanne and many others under his company Carsey-Werner. Tom is currently co-owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club.
Peter's American Film Institute student film, which he wrote and directed based on the short story "In the Region of Ice" by Joyce Carol Oates, was shown at the New York Film Festival and earned Peter an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Since then he has directed documentaries, pilots, including Nash Bridges, TV movies and a plethora of episodic television series. His credits include Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, A Different World, The Wonder Years, Moonlighting, and Graham Yost's series Boomtown and Justified. In the span of his career, Werner has been nominated for multiple Emmy and D.G.A. Awards. He won an ACE cable Award for his HBO film, The Image, starring Albert Finney. He is married with three children and has been a board member of his son's schools as well as the American Film Institute. Peter has two Master’s degrees including a Master of Arts in Teaching from Antioch University New England. He has taught and lectured extensively and has practiced Buddhism for 30 years.

Source: IMDb


Tommy Swerdlow photo

Tommy Swerdlow

Tommy Swerdlow is a a poet/screenwriter/actor/director and teacher. His movies include A Thousand Junkies (writer, director and cast), Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs. His poetry CD “Prisoner Of The Gifted Sleep” was released on New Alliance records.

Learn More About A Thousand Junkies


For additional information or questions, contact Laura Mercer at
laura.mercer@sinclair.edu


Additional sponsorship provided by:

logo for Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties


logo for Caresource


logo for Premier Health


logo for Montgomery County Alchohol, Drug Addition and Mental Health Services