New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The award-winning feature documentary of CSUN psychology professor and social impact filmmaker Dr. Luciana Lagana, OFF THE STREETS FOR GOOD, is an Official Selection at the 2018 REEL Recovery Film Festival. It will screen in Los Angeles on Friday, October 26 at 4 pm.
Tickets to the screening of OFF THE STREETS FOR GOOD can be purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3594892 or at the box office of the film festival's venue, which is located at:
Laemmle Royal Theatre
11523 Santa Monica
West LA, CA 90025
(From the synopsis of OFF THE STREETS FOR GOOD) In this documentary feature film, several previously homeless people recall their hard journey towards having a home again. Mistreatment was rampant and we hear about the difficulties living on the streets directly from a former prostitute who lost her eye when she was shot and a professor who was put on the streets by her parents for coming out as a lesbian. You will also learn about the struggles with homelessness from a classy middle-aged man, who now helps the homeless, and about the problems faced by a young gay black man who almost died living on the streets in the stranglehold of drug addiction but is now thriving as he helps the homeless as part of his job. The directors of two nonprofit organizations share with the viewers the pleasure that they receive by helping homeless individuals overcome their challenges.
Dr. Lagana has received accolades on the film festival circuit for her work on this latest feature documentary, which she wrote, directed, and produced, winning the Best Director
award - documentary category at the 2018 Shawna Shea Film Festival and the Phoenix
Body of Work film award at the Action on Film International Film Festival. Additionally, this film won Best Political Statement Movie award at the 2018 Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival in Las Vegas.
The 2018 list of the filmmakers whose work will be screened at this film festival can be found at http://reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org/2018-los-angeles-rrff-schedule/.
(from the REEL Recovery Film Festival's website) Writers In Treatment is proud to present the REEL Recovery Film Festival. This multi-day event is a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity. We showcase filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans.
(2018) This extraordinary documentary features interviews with remarkable people who detail their journey from addiction and homelessness to having a room of their own. Directed by psychologist and award-winning documentarian, Luciana Lagana.
"I look forward to having a discussion with the audience in the post-screening Q&A at this excellent film festival. It is a great honor to screen my latest film in Los Angeles, where I shot this movie that covers topics including addiction and behavioral disorders as they relate to homelessness," concluded Dr. Lagana.
Dr. Luciana Lagana is a caring clinical and experimental psychologist. She is also an established professor of psychology, gerontology, sexuality, and women's health at CSUN, where she teaches classes and mentors many undergraduate and graduate students from several departments. Additionally, she conducts government-funded research on ethnically diverse, mainly low-income older women's physical, psychological, social, and sexual health. Concerning her artistic pursuits, since 2006 she has been studying acting and hosting in Los Angeles (in her teens, she was part of a touring theatrical company in Italy). Moreover, after studying film production under the mentorship of Prof. Nate Thomas, Director
of the Film Production Option in the CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts, she has been producing several social impact films and series. She is an actor/screenwriter/director/producer with over 30 film festivals' wins listed on IMDb and more than 50 IMDb film, TV, and web series' credits. For instance, she created, hosted, and directed the award-winning educational project Dr. Luciana Show - Aging and Falling. She also won Best Director
- Documentary at the 2018 Shawna Shea Film Festival. At CSUN, Prof. Lagana won the 2017 CSUN Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Faculty Award for her anti-bias feature films and shows, as well as the 2011 Preeminent Scholarly Publications Faculty Award and the 2008 Visionary Community Service Learning Faculty Award.