Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021



Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 67 minutes


In the three years it took to film the documentary, HEROINOHIO, 185,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Springfield, Ohio is at the heart of this opioid crisis. Drug use is so prevalent in Springfield that none are left unscathed. Mike and Chuck Rollins are brothers, friends, and former drug addicts working to reverse this trend. They understand firsthand the challenges and vulnerability of addicts newly released from treatment centers. The probability of relapse is high when addicts return to drug-ravaged neighborhoods, and many Springfield communities are riddled with abandoned homes being used as drug dens. Through their nonprofit, Gemini Reliance, the Rollins brothers purchase dilapidated houses and rehab them to create safe, sober, and structured living arrangements for addicts in recovery. The program proves effective. But despite their success, sobriety remains an onerous endeavor for the siblings. Disaster strikes and life tests their commitment to recovery. What begins as a profile of two brothers, morphs into a detailed journal of one man’s struggle and the mighty stronghold of addiction. — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 4:15 PM ET

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8:10 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Local Heroes Competition


Jordan C. Terrell

Susan Willis

Jordan C. Terrell

Jamie Connors

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Medical Mutual

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Community Partners

Recovery Resources

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