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Spanning the course of a year, WET HOUSE offers an unflinching look at life on the fringe for multiple residents in America's largest harm-reduction facility for chronic alcoholics. Inherently controversial, "wet houses" provide residents monthly stipends and the ability to drink on-premises, while aiming to save taxpayer dollars by keeping alcoholics out of detox, shelters, emergency rooms, and jails. By observing humanity in the midst of harrowing reality, the film makes the case for a highly accommodating care model for a disease with complex, individual manifestations.

This film is in the Documentary Feature Competition.

This film contains content that may be triggering to some viewers. To view a full list of trigger warnings, visit the following link (these warnings may contain spoilers): https://airtable.com/shriAkJ0UGrg5HKep


Benjamin May’s directorial debut, The Legend of Swee’ Pea, premiered at DOC: NYC and played at over 40 festivals worldwide, winning five Best Documentary Feature awards and two Best Director awards. His second feature, Wet House, an immersive film about the largest harm reduction facility for chronic alcoholics in the US, will premiere at the 45th annual Atlanta Film Festvial. Ben is a current Jerome Foundation fellow in film/media. His work has been funded by grants from the McKnight Foundation, St. Paul Cultural Star, and the Jerome Foundation.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Director
    Benjamin May
  • Screenwriter
    Annemarie Lawless
  • Producer
    Michael Forstein, Annemarie Lawless, Daniel Levin, Jessalyn Maguire, Benjamin May