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Previewing the film, "All the Beauty and the Bloodshed," and discussing what fuels the opioid epidemic

Catherine Zuromski and Gary Craig on "Connections"
Julie Williams
Catherine Zuromski and Gary Craig on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on December 13, 2022

A new documentary chronicles how a world-renowned photographer used protest art to hold a family accountable for its role in the opioid epidemic. "All the Beauty and the Bloodshed" is the story of artist Nan Goldin, who struggled with an addiction to opioids. She formed an advocacy group, which then staged protests against the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma. Purdue developed the painkiller OxyContin. The film puts the spotlight on Goldin's personal challenges, while showing how over the course of four years, she and her colleagues pushed for the Sackler family name be removed from international art museums. The protests also helped lead to a $6 billion settlement with Purdue and the Sacklers.

The film will be screened at the Little Theatre as part of the One Take Documentary Series. We preview it this hour, and also discuss how the epidemic is fueled and what can be done to help people struggling with addiction. Our guests:

  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Documentary Film Series
  • Catherine Zuromskis, Ph.D., associate professor of photo history and director of the BFA program in Fine Art Photography in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and author of "Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images"
  • Gary Craig, public safety and criminal justice reporter at the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Lisa Buscemi, director and alumnus of Jennifer House, part of the Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach program
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.