Documentary on Opioid Crisis in Kensington Premieres at MCCC’s Parkhouse Hall in Blue Bell Jan. 18

MCCC instructor and filmmaker Jill Frechie and filmmaker John Ricciutti spent more than 500 hours filming the opioid crisis in the Kensington section of Philadelphia for a documentary. Image via

“Kensington in Crisis,” a documentary dealing with the opioid crisis in the Philadelphia neighborhood, is set for its Jan. 18 premiere at 3 p.m. at the Montgomery County Community College’s Parkhouse Hall Atrium on Central Campus in Blue Bell.

The documentary was created by MCCC Computer Science instructor and part-time filmmaker Jill Frechie and filmmaker John Ricciutti.

During filming, they conducted interviews with over 40 people, from victims of addiction and area residents to psychology experts and even spoke with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, among many others.

“We want our film to show what is happening in Kensington so we can help people,” said Frechie, a Gladwyne resident. “It is so horribly sad to see people struggling with addictions and mental illnesses. Our goal is to help save lives.”

The movie also aims to make more people aware of the situation and open up the conversation around the issue.

The short version of the film has already received recognition over the last year, including receiving a Cammy Award and an Independent Shorts Award.

The showing is free and open to the community, but attendees must be 18 years or older due to the graphic subject matter.

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