Addiction and Recovery in Rural America
Addiction is easy. Recovery is not. Rural America has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but hope is alive as well. SMACKED! tells the story of how law enforcement and the health care community are coping with the heroin epidemic that has swept the rural Western Catskill mountains of New York State. The film features stakeholders primarily located in Delaware and Otsego Counties in mid-state New York. Through the creativity of the law enforcement and recovery communities, unique education, awareness and prevention programs have been created despite the scarce availability of funding. By focusing on recovering addicts and health professionals, SMACKED! humanizes the addict and addresses the dangerous stigma around addition and recovery.
Jessica Vecchione and Lillian Browne are examining the disconnect between law enforcement and health care, and whether it makes rural America particularly vulnerable to the national heroin epidemic.
Director Biography – Jessica Vecchione
Award-winning filmmaker, Jessica Vecchione, is the owner of Vecc Videography, a full service video production and marketing company based in Hamden, NY.
With 20 years experience in advertising and marketing, Jessica has carved out a niche for herself in the Catskills, helping non-profits define themselves by telling their stories on film.
In 2009, she made a film called, Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns, about the growing Hispanic population in a mostly rural mountainous region. The film went on to screen in several film festivals, including the Black Earth Film Festival, where it won first prize in documentary, the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, where it won second prize in documentary, the Boston Latino Film Festival and the Buffalo Niagra Film Festival. In 2011, she made Robert, Portrait of an Art-er, a film about an infamous local hermit and stone artist, which also went on to win awards on the film festival circuit.