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Pills, Parents and Power Lifting

Episode 1 of The MEL Interview, featuring documentarian Chris Bell

Chris Bell’s filmmaking career is built on self-exploration. Each of his documentaries is an excuse for him to plunge the depths of the psyches and pathologies of him and those closest to him. But his latest film, Prescription Thugs, is his most personal. It begins with his brother dying from a drug overdose and evolves into a look into why Americans are so overmedicated, exploring Bell’s own history of addiction as well.

In the inaugural episode of the The MEL Interview, Bell joins MEL Staff Writer John McDermott to discuss his latest documentary and much more.