Drug Spending vs Past Month Use Graph

Updating the 1315 Chart

BLOG:  When my animated chart recently went somewhat viral, there were some significant, and on-point, questions about how the Addiction Rate vs Federal Spending represented what the research for my film project has shown: spending on drug control has no correlation to drug usage in this country. So I decided in the interest of transparency …

Addiction rate vs. Drug Prohibition Spending

Questions on The 1315 Project Chart

BLOG: As the rough chart from my trailer has gone somewhat viral, I’ve started to get some questions on what it represents and I wanted to offer up some clarity on how it came about.  The three questions that have arisen most often are the following: where does the 1.3% addiction rate statistic come from? …

1315 Project Kickstarter Image

The 1315 Project – My Kickstarter Adventure Begins

BLOG: So about 40 minutes ago I took a big step in making live my Kickstarter page for my documentary telling the story of America’s War on Drugs. The title for the campaign is called the 1315 Project.  You can find it here.   I had initially wanted to launch in early September when the …

U.N. Me

U.N. Me

CREDIT: WRITER / PRODUCER / DIRECTOR As my time on Sid Bernstein Presents… approached its end, the producer-directors with whom I was working, Jason Ressler and Evan Strome, were approached through a mutual friend by a documentary neophyte who wanted to produce a film on the United Nations.   This was not too long after the …

Disguised Studio Interview from U.N. Me

Anonymous Interview Techniques

BLOG: I’ve been trying to track down a source to give me an interview on a sensitive topic. This subject matter, coupled with the source’s position, are such that he or she does not want to be identified, ever, and their willingness to participate is based solely upon their confidence that I will protect their identity. …

Sid Bernstein Rolling Stones Marquee

Sid Bernstein Presents…

CREDIT: ASSISTANT EDITOR / POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR I worked for a few years in a support role on this project, during which time I was fortunate to meet and befriend Sid Bernstein.  Perhaps the warmest person I’ve ever met, this moving portrait does not do justice to the man’s kindness and humility.  Unfortunately, it was those …

Joe Mangrum with sand painting

Sandman

CREDIT: PRODUCER / CAMERAMAN I, along with my co-conspirators Brian Tobal, Rich Allen, Laura Van Schendel, and Matt Rocker, participated in the 2010 International Documentary Challenge.  This film was the result of our hard work for that contest.  In essence, teams get the equivalent of a long weekend to write, shoot, edit and ship a …