HBO readies Okazaki’s “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA”

The U.S. premium cable network has set a December 28 premiere date for Oscar-winning director Steven Okazaki's Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (pictured).
December 8, 2015

U.S. premium cable net HBO has set a December 28 premiere date for Oscar-winning director Steven Okazaki’s Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (pictured).

The investigative cinéma vérité documentary is to examine opiate-related overdose deaths in the U.S., a figure that has quadrupled since 2001, by focusing on eight heroin addicts in their early 20s living in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The film also spotlights the Parents Supporting Parents Group of Cape Cod as they describe the experience of watching loved ones erode under the pressure and abuses of the highly addictive opiate.

The film is produced, directed and edited by Okazaki – who won an Academy Award for his 1991 doc short Days of Waiting - with Lise Balk King and Vanessa Carr serving as co-producers. Sheila Nevins serves as executive producer for HBO, while Sara Bernstein is senior producer.

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA will enjoy its television debut on December 28 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on HBO, and will also be available on SVOD services HBO Go and HBO Now.

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