UnLonely Film Festival 5

Coming to Terms

A young woman comes to terms with being an alcoholic.

This film deals with addiction and may not be suitable for those in recovery. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more.

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“I made this film because I’m sober and I wanted to share aspects of my experience with others. I found the process of understanding my alcoholism (as well as other addiction-related behavior) to be incredibly lonely. The only depiction of alcoholism and addiction I’d seen was extreme; and while that, of course, is the unfortunate experience of many, mine was more “hidden” in plain sight. It felt both accepted by binge drinking culture and shamed by friends and family at the same time. I spent 10 years of my life caught in the shame, depression, and loneliness of drinking and only found relief through sobriety and hearing other people’s stories. I wanted to write something in the hopes of helping someone else and creating space for conversation. Coming to Terms was the result.”

With a background in documentary television, Kait Gallagher focuses on storytelling rooted in the human experience. She uses character-driven stories to explore social-issue-related themes. Her debut narrative short, Coming to Terms, has screened at LA Shorts, Awareness Film Fest, California Women’s Film Fest and premiered online with Omeleto.

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Join the Conversation

How does the film change your perspective on what addiction can look like? When nothing outwardly seems wrong, how can we check-in with friends and family to make sure they’re coping and have someone to confide in?

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1 Comment

  1. Friedman Freda

    Thanks. Compelling subject especially now when many people are beginning to anxiously emerge from quarantine.


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