The upcoming documentary “Dr. Feelgood” examines America’s opioid abuse problem through the lens of an important criminal trial. In 2004, Dr. William Hurwitz, a prominent pain specialist, was convicted of over 50 counts of narcotics and sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking. “Dr. Feelgood” traces his trial, appeal, and the details surrounding his arrest, creating a complex portrait of a man who was a healer to some and a drug dealer to others. Director Eve Marson examines the ethical dilemma of opioid painkiller prescriptions, how it’s crucial for a doctor to be able to relieve his patients’ pain but also how that power can beget drug addiction and death. Opioid painkillers are responsible for more American deaths than HIV and car accidents, and it’s only this year that the federal government issued its first national guidelines to control prescriptions. “Dr. Feelgood” is a timely exploration of a serious national problem. Watch the trailer for the film above.
“Dr. Feelgood” is Eve Marson’s directorial debut. She previously produced the documentaries “Fed Up,” about America’s obesity epidemic, and “Craigslist Joe,” about a guy who wanted to see if he could survive solely on the goodwill of Craigslist. “Dr. Feelgood” will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which takes place between June 1st and 9th. Tickets are currently on sale here. See the poster for the film below.