HBO documentary HIGH ON CRACK STREET now available online

In David O. Russell's THE FIGHTER, we learned about the lives of boxers "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother Dicky Eklund. The film charts Micky's rise back to professional boxing, while simultaneously covering a drug-addicted Dicky's tumble into further illness. The film highlights Dicky's issues by including the filming of the HBO documentary, HIGH ON CRACK STREET: LOST LIVES IN LOWELL, a doc that featured Dicky and his addictions. The slow build of the doc's filming, Dicky's resistance to understanding its meaning, and the implications after its premiere on television added a hefty layer of emotional verisimilitude to THE FIGHTER, forming one of my favorite parts of the film (hard as it was to watch).

Now, Snag Films has the full documentary available to watch. The film is "a harrowing documentary chronicling 18 months in the lives of three crackhouse friends whose addiction has let them to crime and despair." It follows Dicky and two other addicts. For fans of the film, it's really an absolute must-see. You can see the entire film at Snag Films HERE, and you can watch an embedded preview after the break.

Huge thanks to Snag Films for alerting us of the film's availability!

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At age five, Kate was famous in her first grade class for having seen DIRTY DANCING twelve times (a distinction which was only overshadowed by her other infamous trait of constantly running around with her skirt over her head). While her tastes have turned considerably more refined in the intervening twenty years, Kate still carries a serious torch for dance movies (and for skirt-head). She’s seen every James Bond movie in theaters since 1985 (A VIEW TO A KILL), has never walked out of or passed out during a film (CLOVERFIELD), truly believes movie theater popcorn should be its very own food group, and once told David Gordon Green, “you’re my very favorite director in the whole wide world.” Kate came to Los Angeles for the weather and a writing program at Loyola Marymount University that allowed her to spend weeks on the road, pretending to be Kerouac while drinking a lot of cheap wine. She has stayed in Los Angeles because she can’t imagine living anywhere that doesn’t allow her to tell people, “Tara Reid and I go to the same grocery store.” In her free time, Kate enjoys talking about all things important to various species of the living (including, but not limited to, people, hairless cats, and police ponies), the local Los Angeles music scene, hiking, and telling people to see more movies and read more books.