The Jericho Public Library will host two screenings of the drama short “Eight” (2018; 21 min.), with the film’s writer and lead actor, Steve Mason, on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Based on true events, “Eight” tells the story of a Long Island police officer, Richard “Tony” Mason, who struggled as an adult with the news that he was adopted, as well as with substance abuse and mild, yet inexcusable domestic violence. These unresolved issues ended in Tony taking his life. He never knew it would be his 8-year-old son Steve who would find his body.
Playing the role of his father, Steve Mason wrote, cast, co-directed and produced the film, hoping to create a platform for further discussion of suicide and substance abuse awareness — before it’s too late. Mason is a Long Island actor and stunt performer who has appeared in shows such as “Gotham,” “Blue Bloods” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Following the film screening, there will be an audience discussion and Q&A with Mason. People of all ages, including parents and teens, are welcome to this free event.
The Jericho Public Library is at One Merry Lane in Jericho. For more information, call 516-935-6790 or go to www.jericholibrary.org.