Castleton Presents ‘The Hungry Heart’: Prescription drug addiction documentary showing at Paramount

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CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton is pleased to present a showing of “The Hungry Heart” on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m., in the Paramount Theatre in Rutland.

“The Hungry Heart” examines the world of prescription drug addiction through the lens of a pediatrician who works with patients struggling with this disease. The film shows Dr. Fred Holmes struggling with these dilemmas and contradictions to arrive at a simple but profound solution – the healing power of conversation.

This is the first of two Castleton Essential Artists events to be presented at Rutland’s historic Paramount Theatre as part of the Castleton Performing Arts Institute.

Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults, $12 for students, and $10 for children 10 and under, and are available at or at the Paramount Theatre Box Office one hour prior to curtain. For more information, please contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 802-468-1119.

“The Hungry Heart” provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont pediatrician Dr. Fred Holmes, who works with patients struggling with this disease.

As the film progresses, we begin to see the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with each patient. The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts who talk about their recovery process juxtaposed against Dr. Holmes’ patients. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.