December 2, 2021
Northeastern University students screened the film and prepared for a live, in-person panel discussion with cast members Stephen and Cheryl, and special guests Mathematics and Drug Court probation officer Christine Pancyck to discuss incarceration, addiction, recovery, and literature in unconventional spaces.
September 22, 2019
Boston Film Festival
The Boston Film Festival premiered In Their Shoes: Unheard Stories of Reentry & Recovery and hosted a panel discussion featuring James Wahlberg (Executive Producer), Taylor Katsanis (Director & Editor), Randall Horton (Professor & Author), Brendan Little (Director of the Boston Mayor’s Office of Recovery), and Cheryl Buchanan (Producer and Executive Director of Writers Without Margins).
In Their Shoes Film won the
Mass Impact Award.
September 26, 2019
Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University is set along the Pacific coast with breathe-taking views of the ocean nearby. This screening and panel discussion with the Zach Paul, Stephen Crivellaro, and Cheryl Buchanan was attended by students and faculty of Pepperdine University’s Psychology Department and hosted by Professor Tomas Martinez, an established activist in juvenile justice in the greater Los Angeles community.
September 26, 2019
Emerson College Los Angeles, CA
Emerson College, Los Angeles, offers a unique atmosphere in a historical and vibrant location on Sunset Boulevard. The doors were opened up to students, faculty, and alumni in fields of entertainment and communications who spoke about the creative challenges of art and advocacy with Zach, Stephen, and Cheryl.
October 10, 2019
University of New Haven
New Haven, CT
The University of New Haven, Department of English and Professor Randall Horton sponsored a public event for us to show the film and take part in a Q&A.
In addition, we went live on In Conversation – a student-run talk show on the university’s on-site television broadcast network to speak about the film and what we hope to accomplish by having created it. To watch our In-Conversation segment, click here —
In- Conversation https://youtu.be/EqBn6Ngi7UY
October 17, 2019
Emerson College –Boston
Emerson College’s, Honors Program and the Emerson Prison Initiative invited us in to screen the film and discuss some of the various issues it presents, such as: programs behind the wall, the importance of criminal justice reform, and relationships between writing and recovery.
October 18, 2019
Teach-in on Race
Emerson College’s Teach-In on Race, Boston, is an annual event held at the college to explore how creativity can build community and affect social change. At this year’s event, Cheryl was joined by Writers Without Margins Guest Facilitator and reentry program graduate, Mathematics Millionaire X, to discuss his previous experiences with prison and addiction and current life as a writer, speaker and advocate.
October 24, 2019
Boston Public Library
Grove Hall Branch
The Grove Hall Library, located in Dorchester, where several interviews and scenes of the film were shot, hosted a community screening as part of the library’s annual film festival featuring local filmmakers. Joined by special guest, President of the Boston City Council, Andrea Campbell, we screened the film and moderated a discussion afterward about racial inequity in the justice system, access to treatment, and the need for representation in policy and politics.
November 14, 2019
Quincy College – Plymouth Campus
Quincy College, Plymouth Campus, was the setting for a community-wide gathering of civic leaders, educators, students, families and concerned citizens impacted by the drug crises and interested in support, advocacy and reform. The film was screened as an impetus for conversation, collaboration and connection through a panel with Zach, Stephen and Cheryl, who were invited back to the main campus, in Quincy, in January.
December 19, 2019
The Dr. Joe Show
(Live Radio Segment)
In Their Shoes Film teamed up with the Dr. Joe Show to talk about the power of influence and change with Harvard Medical School instructor, psychiatrist, and author, Dr. Joseph Shrand.
Click on the link below to listen to Zachary and Stephen speak about their experience while creating this film, and hear about the impact it’s had on their addiction, recovery, and ability to help others.
Dr. Joe Radio Show
January 28, 2020
Plymouth County Correctional Facility
Cheryl and Stephen visited the Plymouth Correctional Facility to screen the film before a room full of current inmates, staff, and volunteers. After the screening, a discussion with the inmates prompted many to share their own personal experience with addiction and recovery, while others chose to speak about self-transformation and the importance of having real role models for both, inspiration and support.
January 30, 2020
The Honorable Mary Beth Heffernan, of the Quincy Drug Court joined Cheryl, Stephen, and Zach in a panel and Q&A with the audience following this screening to discuss the challenges, myths, and realities of addiction and its impact in the criminal justice system. The audience of local leaders, school administrators, policymakers, and community members contributed to the discussion focused on the complex relationship of legal intervention, collaboration, and second chances.
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