VICELAND has greenlit a new topical docu-reality series AMERICAN JUNKIE inspired by and spun off from the independent feature documentary AMERICAN RELAPSE, directed by Pat McGee and Adam Linkenhelt, which recently premiered at the Rhode Island Film Festival and continues to premiere at the Other Venice Film Festival, the Louisville International Festival of Film and the Santa Cruz Film Festival. It is set to premiere September 12, 2018 at 10:00 PM on VICELAND.
In South Florida, which has become Ground Zero in America’s current drug crisis, addicts from all over the country arrive daily looking to get clean but instead find one the nation’s fastest growing and profitable industries: rehab.
AMERICAN JUNKIE follows two recovering addicts, Allie and Frank, who devote their lives to helping fellow addicts in their life-and-death struggle for recovery, rescuing them from the streets and helping them avoid the countless corrupt rehab facilities and sober houses where greed trumps treatment and Millennial addicts have become cash commodities.
“At VICELAND, we make shows that immerse our audience into environments and experiences,” said VP of Current Programming and executive producer Patrick Moses “This show takes the current drug crisis beyond headlines and statistics and makes it human.”
“Addiction is a faceless disease that does not discriminate,” said Pat McGee. “We wanted American Junkie to speak the truth about the opioid epidemic – yes 80% of addicts will relapse, but we found a couple warriors in Frankie and Allie who don’t give up on addicts. They don’t care about the stats; they’re out there dealing hope.”
“Pat is an expert at blending documentary and cinematic storytelling,” said T Group Productions head Jenny Daly. “He’s taken a topic that is raw and tragic and captured it in a hauntingly beautiful way.”
The series is produced by VICELAND with Pat McGee Pictures and T Group Productions. Executive producers include Pat McGee, Ian Manheimer, Jaime Manheimer for Pat McGee Pictures, Jenny Daly for T Group and Patrick Moses for VICELAND.
Most TV channels are just a collection of shows – VICELAND is a collection of personal points-of-view. Everything at VICELAND has a reason to exist and a strong perspective. Our mission is to examine the world we live in, and explore the things that confuse us, make us curious, make us laugh, or awaken our sense of wonder.
VICELAND features series examining all things culture, including music, food, technology, sex, fashion and more. Oscar-winning writer/director Spike Jonze, co-chief creative officer of VICE Media maintains creative oversight on the channel which features diverse series from documentary style programming to shows hosted by longtime VICE personalities like Action Bronson and Eddie Huang and serves as an experimental platform for familiar faces like Ellen Page, Gloria Steinem, Tyler the Creator, James Van Der Beek and Michael K. Williams to explore personal projects while also breaking new talent like VICELAND’s critically acclaimed first late night show “Desus & Mero.”