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Anonymous Sister

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Jan 01, 2025

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Big Mouth Productions

About the film

When a young woman turns to the camera for refuge, she ends up with a firsthand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Thirty years in the making, Anonymous Sister is two-time Emmy Award® winning director, Jamie Boyle's chronicle of her family's collision with the opioid epidemic.

Genre

Documentary

Runtime

1h 34m

Released

2023

Director

Jamie Boyle

Producer

Marilyn Ness, Elizabeth Westrate

Executive Producer

Janet Tittiger, Dana DiCarlo , Julie Stampler, Jody Allen, Ruth Johnston, Rocky Collins, Jannat Gargi, Katy Drake Bettner

Awards & recognition

DOC NYC

Official Selection

Denver Film Festival

Official Selection

Big Sky Film Festival

Official Selection

Cleveland International Film Festival

Official Selection

Florida Film Festival

Official Selection

Milwaukee Film Festival

Official Selection

RiverRun International Film Festival

Official Selection

Mountainfilm

Official Selection

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festivals

Official Selection

Global Peace Film Festival

Official Selection

Heartland International Film Festival

Official Selection

Newport Beach Film Festival

Official Selection

Buffalo International Film Festival

Official Selection

East Lansing Film Festival

Official Selection

Lone Star Film Festival

Official Selection

St. Louis International Film Festival

Official Selection

Anchorage International Film Festival

Winner Grand Jury Best Documentary Feature

International Documentary Association 2023 Best Documentary Feature

Shortlist

What people are saying

“ONE OF THE MOST MOVING DOCUMENTARIES OF ALL TIME.”

Bev Questad

It's Just Movies

“YOU CANNOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DOCUMENTARY.”

Michael Talbot-Haynes

Film Threat

“SEARING, ACHINGLY PERSONAL…An impressive feat of editing.”

Marya E. Gates

RogerEbert

“A FULL-ON CINEMATIC DISQUISITION on the terrible, rippling side effects and consequences of the pharmaceutical industry’s greed, which in turn reflects capitalistic rapaciousness more broadly."

Golden Globes

Golden Globes

"SHOCKING, UPSETTING, MADDENING AND NECESSARY."

John Soltes

Hollywood Soapbox

“AN AUTHENTICITY AND PERSONAL INVESTMENT THAT FEW FILMS ON THIS SUBJECT COULD MATCH.”

Roger Moore

Movie Nation

“AN ARTFUL, SEARING PORTRAYAL of how ordinary people were deluded and betrayed and pushed to addiction. THIS FILM IS NOT EASILY FORGOTTEN”

Paul Weissman

Film Forward

“BOYLE PROVES A MASTERFUL EDITOR of her archival treasure trove, manipulating time to walk us backwards and forwards through the highs and lows of family history. Dedicated to everyone who did not survive, ANONYMOUS SISTER reminds us at every turn to hold the perpetrators accountable."

Christopher Reed

Hammer to Nail

“EMPATHY EVIDENT IN EVERY SCENE”

Alex Rudolph

Movie Jawn

"REFUSES PURDUE PHARMA THE COMFORTABLE LUXERY OF DISTANCE for their role in destroying families like Boyle’s. In a culture which views addiction as a wilful abnegation of life, Boyle’s documentary shines a light on people who desperately want to live. SEARINGLY VISCERAL, ITS BRILLIANCE LIES IN ITS FAMILIAL INTIMACY AND LIVED-IN CLOSENESS.”

Shar Tan

In Review

“RAW, POIGNANT, AND DEEPLY PERSONAL.”

Mike Kasper

Film School Radio

"TURNING PERSONAL PAIN INTO ART OF VALUE is a tale as old as time. However, director Jamie Boyle handles her trauma with AN UNFLINCHING EYE that few directors would feel comfortable revealing. The resulting film is a response to the Sackler discourses of the past decade, forcing the audience to see the humanity in the epidemic."

Alan French

We Live Entertainment

“AN INTIMATE LOOK AT WHO WE SEE AT THE HEART OF ADDICTION.”

Audrey Nowakowski & Kobe Brown

NPR

“ANONYMOUS SISTER draws its strength from emotional truth, from the human face. It’s AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF WORK, ONE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS.”

Michael J. Casey

Boulder Weekly

“INTIMATE AND VULNERABLE”

Nancy Beston, Max Dupras, Anna Henning, Mariah Karis, Clarise Larson, Jack Marshall, Josh Moyar, Asa Metcalfe, Mariah Thomas, Haley Yarborough

Montana Kaimen

“INTENSELY PERSONAL”

Monica Castillo

CPR News

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