FilmBuff to release award-winning film from Eugene Jarecki, a shocking look at America’s War on Drugs

Winner – Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival

Digital entertainment curator FilmBuff will release the shattering, award-winning documentary, The House I Live In nationwide on January 15th, 2013. From acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight, Reagan, The Trials of Henry Kissinger) and Executive Producers Brad Pitt, Danny Glover, John Legend and Russell Simmons, this groundbreaking film investigates America’s longest war – the 40-year-old War on Drugs. Costing $1 trillion and resulting in 45 million arrests, the War on Drugs has failed to successfully address the problem of drugs, yet has made America the world’s leading jailer, with 2.3 million people behind bars.  Following this saga from Nixon’s 1971 declaration of war through to today’s exploding prison population, the film captures heartbreaking and revelatory portraits of people whose lives have been indelibly impacted by the Drug War.

Emmy- and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning director, Eugene Jarecki, states, “When this film premiered at Sundance this past January, talk of the drug war was an issue below the radar in most political and media circles.  Yet in just the past year, the zeitgeist has shifted, with an ever-growing chorus across the political spectrum demanding a wholesale rethinking of the war on drugs, which wrongly treats a matter of public health as a criminal justice matter.  We’ve worked hard to make the film available as an awareness-raising tool for use by those on the ground in states across the country to achieve the drug policy and criminal justice victories in last month’s election.  I am proud to see the film playing a role in this shift toward saner and more sensible drug policies. With FilmBuff releasing The House I Live In across an array of digital platforms, the message will be able to reach a much wider audience.”

During the last 40 years, the War on Drugs has made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more readily available today than ever. Where did we go wrong, and what is the path toward healing? The House I Live In examines the effects of drug laws on everyone — from the dealer and the grieving mother, to the jailer and the federal judge — in America’s longest war.

The House I Live In had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary before a theatrical release in the United States and abroad. The film is currently showing in theaters and will be screened in prisons, churches and schools across the country with personal appearances by director Eugene Jarecki through March 2013.

On January 15th the film will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant View, Movies On Demand, YouTube Rentals, XBOX, Play Station, Cinemanow, and Vudu.

For more information, please visit the film’s website www.thehouseilivein.org, connect on Facebook www.facebook.com/DrugWarMovie, or follow the film on Twitter @DrugWarMovie.

About FilmBuff
Founded in 2007, New York-based FilmBuff is the leading distributor of incomparable digital entertainment.  The Company draws upon its deep relationships within the film industry to curate content that consistently informs, entertains and inspires.  FilmBuff designs innovative digital strategies to supply content to all on-demand outlets.  Serving as a bridge between filmmakers and audiences, FilmBuff actively engages in conversations with fellow entertainment lovers through its exclusive access, original content and unique voice.  Find FilmBuff content on all cable, satellite and telco services, game consoles, online retailers, wireless platforms and hardware manufacturers worldwide.  Connect with FilmBuff www.filmbuff.com and @filmbuff.


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