The film festival didn't want to show the film "in a vacuum" so they scheduled the panel discussion, Pepper said.
"It is our hope that the panel discussion will give room to address statements made in the film that are out of step with the experience of those dealing with prescription drug addiction and abuse," Pepper said in an email.
"One thing that I think everyone in the film and probably everyone in the state would agree on is that this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed."
Several resident of Oceana agree the film has sparked a conversation about trying to address the prescription drug abuse problem in their community. Some did not want to have a public viewing of the film because they thought it would show support for Dunne.
Pepper said the festival is always willing to support filmmakers who are willing to take on difficult issues like those addressed in "Oxyana." The festival is paying a fee in order to show the film. Pepper said it was a relatively small amount, and the festival organizers didn't want a ticket price to prevent anyone from seeing the film.
"The film is too important not to show for free," Pepper said.
Seating is first come, first served, but Pepper anticipates the 300-seat theater should accommodate everyone.
Those on the panel will watch the film, reflect on issues raised in the film and discuss solutions. Pepper said the festival is working on recruiting more panelists; they hope to find a recovering addict as well as someone who appears in "Oxyana."
Dunne is not able to attend because of time and financial constraints, Pepper said. The festival wanted to show "Oxyana" while it was fresh in people's minds, he said. Dunne was not available this month, and the festival didn't have the money to pay for his travel or lodging, Pepper said.
More information about the showing is available at wviff.org. The film is available for purchase or digital rental at oxyana.com.