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‘Doped Up’ documentary centers on prescription drugs

Sobini Films producing and William Gazecki directing

Mark Amin’s Sobini Films will produce and finance “Doped Up,” a feature documentary inspired by the untimely deaths of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and others.

Docu’s aimed at raising concerns about the overprescription and abuse of antidepressants and antipsychotics. William Gazecki (“Waco: The Rules of Engagement”) is directing, with Amin and Sobini’s president of production, Cami Winikoff, onboard to produce.

The filmmakers plan to submit “Doped Up” for the 2011 film festival circuit.

The docu follows Dr. Linda Steele, a clinical psychologist, as she works to help her patients find good health with minimal medication. Project will explore the roots of the problem from TV ads for drugs to elementary schools mandating drug use for their students.

Gazecki has produced and directed five feature-length docus and a five-hour series on the history of the Screen Actors Guild. He worked as the picture editor for “Vanishing of the Bees” and is producing and directing a doc on Sophie Tucker, “Last of the Red Hot Mammas.”

Sobini productions include “The Prince and Me” and “Peaceful Warrior.” Amin’s credits include “Eve’s Bayou” and “Frida.”

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