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The Anonymous People

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. From left to right: Greg Williams; Phillip Valentine, Executive Director of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery; and Paul Acker, Coordinator of Social Rehabilitation Inter Community speak to the audience after the screening of the documentary. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. Kimberly L. Beauregard, LCSW, President and CEO of Intercommunity, inc. publicly revealed she was a recovering addict at the screening. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. Kimberly L. Beauregard, LCSW, President and CEO of Intercommunity, inc. publicly revealed she was a recovering addict at the screening. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. Kimberly L. Beauregard, LCSW, President and CEO of Intercommunity, inc. publicly revealed she was a recovering addict at the screening. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Leah Nelson at a screening of "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams at the screening of his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Janet Bothroyd, center, at the screening of "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

At the screening of "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Janet Bothroyd, left, at the screening of "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Documentary film maker Greg Williams screens his film "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. From left to right: Greg Williams; Phillip Valentine, Executive Director of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery; and Paul Acker, Coordinator of Social Rehabilitation Inter Community speak to the audience after the screening of the documentary. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Paul Acker, right, Coordinator of Social Rehabilitation Inter Community speaking to the audience after the screening of the documentary. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

Phillip Valentine, Executive Director of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, speaking to the audience after the screening of the documentary. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

A Q&A after the screening of "The Anonymous People" at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

 

Text by Daryl Khan / Photos by Robert Stolarik

 EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — On a recent grey Saturday morning, a quiet fell over the sparse audience seated in a vocational school assembly hall as Kimberly Beauregard stepped up to the stage. She was introducing the movie to a small audience of three dozen, who had endured a brutally cold morning and a wicked ice storm to come to see.

 

After a few words greeting the crowd and thanking them for their intrepid spirit braving the treacherous conditions to make it to the screening, she praised the movie they were about to see. After that, Beauregard, the president of InterCommunity, an East Hartford-based health organization that provides addiction and mental health care, bowed her head and collected herself for a moment. And then she told the crowd something she had never spoken of publicly before: She was one of the Anonymous People.

 

“I have never said that before in public,” she said, her voice cracking. “And after you see the movie you will understand why I am doing this and why.”

 

The movie was “The Anonymous People,” a spunky profile of the burgeoning grassroots drug and alcohol recovery movement by a 30-year-old first time feature length filmmaker named Greg Williams, who himself has been in recovery since he was 17-years-old.

 

After a few moments, the lights dimmed and the movie began.

 

Read the full story on JJIE here

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