The annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway, and one of the anticipated premieres occurred on Friday night. It was Treatment, the feature directorial debut of Humpday producer Steven Schardt and musician/actor Sean Nelson. Starring Joshua Leonard and Nelson as screenwriting partners in search of their big break, the film becomes a satire of celebrity rehab when the pair decide one of them should pretend to be a drug addict only to infiltrate a wellness facility and become friendly with a recovering movie star (Ross Partridge). What starts out as their journey for getting a screenplay produced becomes their own struggles at professional success and friendship. Treatment is another great addition to the Pacific Northwestern film canon, which has recently included The Catechism Cataclysm, The Oregonian, True Adolescents, and Humpday. At Friday night’s premiere, the audience seemed to find the film both hilarious and moving. Here’s a clip from Treatment, a greeting video for the film’s fictional rehab center, that was posted on Cinema Blend:
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