Tuesday, February 22, 2022

'We Can Be Heroes' film event

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

 Michigan Theater: 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104



This is a free event. Advance registration is required.

Event Schedule

  • 5:30 pm - Recovery-related art show featuring local artists

  • 7:00 pm - Documentary film screening of 'We Can Be Heroes' Directed by Mike Ramsdell

  • 8:20 pm - Panel discussion on addiction stigma moderated by the U-M Addiction Center



  • Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance. Get tickets


Art Show

  • The art show is an opportunity for local artists who have struggled with substance use disorders, and their families and community members, to create art that reflects their experience and their hope.


About the Film - We Can Be Heroes

  • The film's story follows Detroit’s own Taylor “Machine Gun” Duerr as he fights his way to a national boxing title inside the ring, while fighting the demons of his past heroin addiction out of the ring.

  • Watch the trailer.


Speakers Panel

Immediately following the film screening will be a panel discussion on addiction stigma moderated by Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D., Professor and Director, University of Michigan Addiction Center, Department of Psychiatry


  • Matt Bell - Co-Founder of Midwest Recovery Center & Team Recovery

  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell - Representing the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Taylor Duerr - Professional Boxer, Father, and Person in Recovery 

  • Denise Ilitch - Detroit-area businessperson, lawyer, member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents

  • Lewei (Allison) Lin, M.D., M.S. - Addiction Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program, U-M Addiction Center, Department of Psychiatry

  • Mike Ramsdell - Director & Producer, Under The Hood Productions

  • Nora Volkow, M.D. - Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health


Stigma Workbook

    • All attendees will receive a free print copy of the workbook; I’m Still a Person: The Stigma of Substance Use & Power of Respect


Important COVID-19 Requirements

  • The Michigan Theater requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson, or international equivalent) for ALL patrons over the age of five. They also require temperatures to be checked upon entry and masks must be worn at all times when not seated and actively consuming concessions.

  • The U-M Addiction Center requests that all guests wear N-95 masks, which will be made available for no charge at the door.