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HBO picks up Canadian doc. film

TORONTO, Controversial Canadian documentary film, Cracked Not Broken, has been acquired for broadcast by US premium network HBO and is scheduled to be the network’s featured film on Saturday March 17, 2007. This broadcast coincides with a free HBO weekend for cable subscribers across the United States. The film is one of four independent films chosen to be part of HBO’s major ADDICTION project launching March 16, 2007. 

Cracked Not Broken, by filmmaker Paul Perrier and executive producer Tom Powers, is a co-production of Open Door and Blatant Exposure. This real-time documentary opens a disturbing window into the life of Lisa, a 37-year-old crack cocaine addict and estranged mother who prostitutes herself to fuel her costly drug habit. Although she grew up in an upper class family in Rosedale, a privileged Toronto neighbourhood, went to the right private schools, had the right friends, something went terribly wrong.

Shot almost entirely in her Toronto hotel room, the film brilliantly captures a highly intelligent, vivacious, articulate and hyperactive woman juggling a cell phone and drug paraphernalia with equal dexterity while talking with incredible frankness to Perrier about the struggles of being ‘in the game’ and her quest for any kind of redemption. The film and its subject gained international prominence after being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in May of last year.
"We are extremely proud of the acquisition of Cracked Not Broken by HBO, the industry’s premiere documentary network. Lisa’s story is very powerful. By breaking down stereotypes it vividly demonstrates that despite a privileged background, we are still vulnerable to drug addiction and the lifestyles that fuel it," said Tom Powers, executive producer of Cracked Not Broken. "This film is a subtle hammer between the eyes for those that feel invincible, as well as those that prefer to turn a blind eye." Filmmaker Paul Perrier says "It is wonderful to have our film picked up by Sheila Nevins at HBO. Her legendary status, coupled with her faith in our film, has given us the strength to continue to build our audience for this important film.

This will be the largest audience we have ever had for our film and I believe that Cracked Not Broken and its message will continue to reach more and more people as time goes by. I am also proud to have the film screened alongside films by both Albert Maysell and D.A. Pennebaker, filmmakers I have admired for many years" Cracked Not Broken was first screened in September 2005 alongside the Toronto International Film Festival, and is available for sale at www.crackednotbroken.com. The film has been screened to more than 10,000 students and parents at high schools to rave reviews. It had its sold out US premier at the prestigious San Francisco Documentary Festival May 14, 2006. In addition to its HBO sale, Open Door has sold the film for broadcast in the UK and Israel and is actively pursuing other broadcast deals through its distributor Tricon Films outside of North America.

Perrier and Powers have teamed up again to produce the follow-up film to Cracked Not Broken entitled Cracked Wide Open. It follows Lisa for a one year period as she tries to use the film to pull herself out of her addiction and redeem her life. From the first screening of the film to an audience of family and friends, to high school screenings, to The Oprah Winfrey Show and through a recovery period in a private rehab in California, Cracked Wide Open captures the amazing parallel journeys of an addict and a ground breaking film.