Football & Opioid Crisis Film Documentary

When:
June 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Film Documentary Premiere on Local Football & the Opioid Crisis “Til the Wheels Fall Off”– This film premiere tells story of a football team fighting the effects of the opioid crisis. Shown on Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 pm at John McIntire Library, 220 N. Fifth St, Zanesville. It tells the story of a semi-pro football team, The Portsmouth Stealth, many of whose players share a common history with the opioid crisis in Portsmouth, Ohio. The team offers them purpose, spirit, and connection. The showing is free and open to the public. The “Stealth” serves as a surrogate family for players, coaches and owners. It was started by Jojo Parker, a former star running back for Portsmouth High School. After recovering from opioid misuse, Parker found himself back in his hometown and worried about how he would get on with life. He started a semi-pro football team and channeled his energy into creating a community centered on football. The film follows this team through its 2018 season.  The film was produced by Jack Shuler, associate professor of English at Denison University. It was directed and edited by Doug Swift, creative director of Wild Iris Videos, and visiting professor at Denison University.

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