Finding Normal

Lindstrom’s powerful documentary takes an unflinching look at the daunting difficulties in overcoming addictions and the dynamic within Portland’s Central City Concern’s recovery mentor program. With a 70% success rate, the program’s strength lies in its ability to promote a strong sense of community and connectedness with peers and mentors, all former addicts committed to helping others as they help themselves. “The film is raw and real, filled with undeniable moments of pain and elation and human personality. It’s impossible to imagine a more honest look at this all-too-common world.”—Shawn Levy, The Oregonian.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Brian Lindstrom

Mothering Inside

Mothering Inside/The Family Preservation Project

The Family Preservation Project at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility works to keep imprisoned mothers in contact with their children, the common-sense theory being that the family that stays together stays out of jail together. Through emotional testimony from participants and intimate observation of the time they spend with their kids, Lindstrom makes a strong