Locally Made Movie About the Opioid Crisis to Premiere at Atlas Lakeshore in October


Because he lost so many loved ones to drug abuse while growing up, local writer and rapper Javon Bates wrote Common Creed — The Epidemic, a book that details his firsthand experiences related to the opioid epidemic, particularly in Ohio.

The book has now become a film; it premieres at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Atlas Lakeshore in Euclid. Tickets are $30.

  • Courtesy of Javon Bates
Prior to the viewing, Bates will be on-location for a book signing and meet-and-greet.

“Writing this book and creating this movie has been an extremely personal thing for me, and I’m really looking forward to the premiere to share my message and experiences with everyone,” says Bates, who also runs Tomahawk Entertainment Group, a marketing a promotional services company, in a press release. “So many people have been affected by this terrible trend, and I think the movie is really going to make a statement. This epidemic can cost you your life as well as prison time being served. I’ve found that while it might seem like easy money, sometimes your greed opens other doors. This movie is going to show what’s behind those doors.”

Prior to this film, Bates has held over 10 charity drives for various local causes, written five books and released three albums. Cleveland’s Fox 8 News also recently recognized him for his philanthropy programs.

Bates plans to donate 10 percent of every movie premiere ticket sale back to the local non-profit Recovery Resources for drug rehabilitation and programs.

“The whole idea behind the book and the movie is to raise awareness and take steps forward to suppress this terrible epidemic that haunts our community,” he says. “I’m passionate about this mission and really wanted to also tie that into the movie premiere and give back to my local community that has been hit hard by this epidemic. By partnering with Recovery Resources that’s just one more step closer to helping solve the problem.”

Special pre-order ticket packages are also available; they include one ticket to the screening, the soundtrack to the movie and a copy of the book. For more information on Tomahawk Entertainment, visit tegmedia.org/.

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