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Those tuning in to watch the upcoming “Dopesick,” an 8-part, limited series launching on Hulu Oct. 13, may just recognize a local landmark.

Goochland’s The Estate at River Run will be prominently featured throughout the entire series, which stars Hollywood A-List actors Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rosario Dawson, and features episodes directed by Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson. 

The wedding and events venue on River Road served as the location for scenes set at the home of Perdue Pharma CEO, Richard Sackler.  Perdue Pharma is the developer and manufacturer of the opium-based painkiller, OxyContin.

The “Dopesick” limited TV series is based on the novel of the same name written by Roanoke, Virginia author Beth Macy.  The book explores the history of opioid use in America, covering various opioid abuse epidemics experienced by Americans over the centuries and then delving into the origins of the current crisis.  The story chronicles the epidemic’s genesis in rural Virginia, and its deadly spread across America.  

The Estate at River Run’s Director of Business Development, Bill Gilliam, negotiated the terms of the deal with the TV production company and then served as location director for each of the three shoots there. 

“It was amazing to see the production process unfold,” said Gilliam. “Each person I dealt with was incredibly nice, professional, and focused on their job.  Our venue is a very pristine place, and I was impressed at the extent to which the entire crew went to protect it from damage and be respectful of the property. They were awesome to work with.”

The Estate at River Run  co-owner and proprietress Kim Moody said she was delighted that the property could be part of the production, particularly since the filming came during a time when the state was experiencing COVID-19 related shutdowns in the event and wedding industry. 

“Our property was very grateful for the work, and it was a blessing to have the property utilized for something so remarkable that the American Public will get to see,” said Moody, who also serves as the Director of Events at The Estate. “It was wonderful that so much of the filming was completed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and supported small businesses during this time of economic shutdown in the event industry.”

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