After writing, producing and directing Chasing Hope: Solving the Opioid Crisis, and then a short documentary for Toledo, Ohio’s Drug Abuse Response Team called DART: Community Policing at its Best, I helped produce this powerful, new feature documentary called One.

One premiered at the Maui Film Festival in June 2019 where it won the Heal the World Award.

Its West Coast premiere was in September at the Burbank Film Festival where it won the Awareness Award.

It traveled to Ohio for the Film Festival of Columbus.

In October, it screened in Los Angeles again at the Regal at LA Live for the Awareness Film Festival.

Here’s the trailer.

Here’s the synopsis.

Addiction… incarceration… family trauma. We’ve become a culture that enshrines pain while, at the same time, offering it as entertainment. But how can we go beyond the seductive reality-show narrative of shattered lives? How can we find the missing pieces that will allow us to heal and transcend? ONE is a powerful, visually arresting film that explores the elusive bridge between the broken and the unbreakable. Using the words of the great Zen scholar Alan Watts, the filmmakers link hardcore devastation to a powerful awareness of our deeper humanity.