'Recovering From Rehab' honored with National Murrow Award
Recovering From Rehab is a short film produced by our team while embedded at The Center for Investigative Reporting last year. The film was directed by former filmmaker in residence, and current grantee, Olivia Loomis Merrion, with guidance from Senior Producer, Aubrey Aden-Buie, and EP, Amanda Pike. It was based on reporting from superstar journalists Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter.
The film follows the story of Brad McGahey, who in 2010, was sentenced to a year in prison for buying a stolen horse trailer. But when he went before a judge, he was told he was going to carry out his sentence by working instead, through a program called CAAIR, or Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery.
McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything at the time of his sentencing. Hundreds of men are sent to CAAIR in lieu of a prison sentence each year. The program promises recovery from addiction for participants, but most of their time is spent working at a chicken processing plant, where they pull guts and feathers from slaughtered chickens and prepare them for distribution to companies such as Walmart, KFC and PetSmart.
The film was part of our Year One initiative funding and supporting women filmmakers and investigative reporters. It was fully funded by The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation.
The full list of credits includes:
Director/Producer: Olivia Merrion
Reporters: Amy Julia Harris & Shoshana Walter
Editors: Jennifer LaFleur & Andrew Donohue
Editor in Chief: Amy Pyle
Executive Producer: Amanda Pike
Senior Producer: Aubrey Aden-Buie
Coordinating Producer: Rachel de Leon
You can view the full list of Murrow winners on their website.