‘Thirteen One’ documentary chronicles lives of local men and women fighting heroin addiction while training for half marathon

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Red carpet premiere includes two viewings with remarks by film director Kyle Couch and Grace Centers of Hope CEO Pastor Kent Clark, Royal Oak’s Landmark Main Art Theatre, Oct. 4


PONTIAC, Mich. – Sept. 27, 2018 – The red-carpet movie premiere of a Michigan-made documentary film will bring to light a powerful testament of triumph and tragedy for six Detroit-area individuals battling heroin addiction while training for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon in Rochester, Michigan in 2017. The red carpet, public premiere of Thirteen One will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Landmark Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main Street, Royal Oak, Mich.

Thirteen One, a film directed by Kyle Couch, an award-winning film director, chronicles the lives of six men and women who were in recovery from heroin addiction at Pontiac, Mich.-based Grace Centers of Hope when they decided to train for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon. The film highlights the daunting task each person faced while attempting to overcome their addictions, and also take part in the rigorous physical training needed for a half marathon. Once started, they quickly learned that there are many similarities between addiction recovery and training to run a marathon. And with every step they took, they moved closer to the finish line and a life free from heroin.

Thirteen One brings viewers in for an up-close and gritty look at heroin addiction recovery, including the daily battle to resist the desire and simply stay alive,” said Couch. “My hope is that people who watch the film will walk away inspired by the tremendous efforts made by these men and women who gave it their best in their fight for recovery, pushing their minds and bodies past their limits. I also wanted to spotlight the ‘human being’ behind the addiction in an effort to fight the stigma that oftentimes creates an even greater burden for someone who is simply fighting a chronic disease just like millions of other Americans.”

Couch, 30, is an award-winning Detroit-area filmmaker and recovering heroin addict who is now seven years sober. He dreamt of becoming a filmmaker after watching the film Jurassic Park when he was just six-years-old. After high school, however, those plans fell to the wayside when he turned to heroin as a way to escape his personal problems. Soon, he said, the drug became more important than anything or anyone in his life.

Homeless and slowly dying, Couch eventually found Grace Centers of Hope and entered an intensive One-Year Life Skills program. According to Couch, after successfully completing a One-Year Life Skills Program, he stopped using drugs and learned better coping skills. He was given a second chance at his dream when “God intervened” and Pastor Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope, asked for help to start a film production company.

“The tremendous loss of life as a result of heroin addiction is both staggering and heart breaking,” said Clark. “We are very proud of Kyle, his hard work and dedication and the many accomplishments that he achieved while living a life without drugs. My hope is that his film inspires others to become part of the solution and learn more about heroin addiction and recovery, and to be there for someone when they need support.”

The opening of Thirteen One includes viewings at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 and each screening includes a live introduction to the film by Couch and closing statements from Grace Centers of Hope CEO Pastor Kent W. Clark. All proceeds benefit Grace Centers of Hope, one of the largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation and recovery organizations in Michigan.

In 2016, Couch joined another film director to release Life Prescribed, a short film based on the true story of a local man whose life spiraled out of control as a result of prescription drug abuse. Couch was nominated for Best Director at the Global Impact Film Festival in 2017, named Grand Prize Winner in the Art Van Charity Challenge Video Contest in 2016, and named Grand Prize Winner in the Film Detroit Challenge WDIV ClickOnDetroit Film Festival in 2015, among others.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Thirteen One, visit www.landmarktheatres.com/detroit/main-art-theatre. To view the trailer for Thirteen One: https://vimeo.com/285339851 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4ZurI1hgYI.

 For more information about the life-saving programs at Grace Centers of Hope, call 1-855-HELP-GCH or visit www.gracecentersofhope.org.

About By Grace Productions

By Grace Productions was founded by Kent W. Clark, the senior Pastor at Grace Gospel Fellowship and CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. By Grace Productions’ mission is to create short films, online videos, and feature films that focus on glorifying God while relating to the average struggling everyday man or women, Christian or non-Christian. For more information, visit http://bygraceproductionsmedia.com/.

About Grace Centers of Hope

Giving hope to the helpless since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace’s $8.2 million yearly budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance.  To learn more about Grace Centers of Hope or to make a donation, please visit www.gracecentersofhope.org.

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