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Special Thanks

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Thank you for visiting the official web site of GETTING OVER, an independent, hour-long documentary by Jason Charnick about his father Ray, a hardcore heroin & cocaine addict and petty criminal who passed away due to AIDS in 1997.

We will be updating this site frequently during the production of the film, which will be premiering worldwide Summer 2017. You can see our news updates below. Please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or share us on various social media platforms.

Recent Facebook Updates

Too much turkey? Still stuffed with stuffing? Mall crowds too crowding? Why not enjoy your day watching a movie? Web links have been sent out to our #Kickstarter & #Indiegogo supporters and will only be available for a limited time! If you’ve been a friend to the production, check your inbox now!

7 likes, 0 comments3 weeks ago

DVD’s & Blu-ray’s for all our Kickstarter supporters and more go out today! If you’re expecting one, keep an eye on your mailbox, it’s on its way! Web links to those waiting will be going out in the next couple of days! #usps #dvd #bluray #documentary #indiefilm #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyork #bronx

6 likes, 0 comments3 weeks ago

Very exciting to have an Oscar winning filmmaker appreciate our efforts! Thanks for the support, @paulhaggis! #documentary #indiefilm #addiction #drugs #heroin #bronx #filmmaking #oscars

6 likes, 0 comments4 weeks ago

Getting Over Private Screening

Our first audience screening went off as a resounding success!!!

7 likes, 0 comments1 month ago

Gazette Newspapers

Our first local news coverage! Very exciting! #longbeach #documentary #indiefilm #addiction #drugs #heroin #aids #newyorkcity #bronx #family

43 likes, 1 comments1 month ago

Welp, making discs day could be better described as making discs week. But we’re finally done! 120 total discs pipin’ hot from the oven, each hand made with care! Now to mail them out! #usps #volumediscount #documentary #indiefilm #dvd #bluray #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #bronx #family

9 likes, 1 comments1 month ago

First Blu-ray HOT off the presses!!!

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Today is making discs day! Follow director Jason Charnick on Instagram @jcharnick to see the process from start to finish!

8 likes, 1 comments1 month ago

Exciting day! Not only have we just thrown our hat in the ring for the NYC-based Tribeca Film Festival, we also just picked up our first stack of postcards! #documentary #indiefilm #addiction #drugs #heroin #aids #newyorkcity #bronx

21 likes, 3 comments2 months ago

John Lennon

This guy right here… he GETS it. So far ahead of his time, and a huge inspiration of ours! #addiction #drugs #heroin #aids #johnlennon #beatles #documentary #indiefilm

1 likes, 0 comments2 months ago

We’re having our first screening of the completed film in just over a month! Come on down if you’re in the Long Beach, California area and check it out! #documentary #indiefilm #indiedoc #addiction #heroin #drugs #aids #newyorkcity #longbeach

10 likes, 0 comments2 months ago

Here’s a look at our new theatrical poster!

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Pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with our friends over at Word Factory Transcription Services to provide captioning for the hearing impaired. Very excited to help make the film be accessible to all! #indiefilm #documentary #transcription #closedcaptioning

9 likes, 1 comments2 months ago

The film may be complete, but we’re just getting started! Next up, DVD & Blu-rays for our original Kickstarter & Indiegogo patrons! #adobe #photoshop #boxart #indiefilm #documentary #drugs #heroin #addiction #aids #bronx #newyorkcity #kickstarter #indiegogo

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Getting Over's cover photo

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Photos from Getting Over's post

It isn’t lost on me that what should be a joyous occasion – celebrating the finish of the film I consider my ode to New York – takes place the same day we remember so many brave New Yorkers who lost their lives. Hope I did you all proud. #indiefilm #documentary #bronx #drugs #addiction #heroin #aids

16 likes, 0 comments3 months ago

#Indie #filmmakers of #Facebook! Why does making your own #DCP feel like climbing a mountain?!?! The info online feels like it’s all from 2013, forums are dead, and no one seems to know (or share) that Premiere Pro CC 2017 can read JPEG2000 MXF’s natively! I know you still need to test on a projector with a finished DCP, but this seems to be a great way to QC your #OpenDCP conversions in-house! Is anyone else using a similar workflow? #adobe #premierepro #documentary #indiefilm #filmmaking

1 likes, 1 comments3 months ago

Getting Over - Gregory Scarpa Web Vignette

Busy week coming up for Getting Over!!! We’re throwing our hat in the ring for 3 more festivals, and finishing up our shiny new 5.1 surround sound mix with the incomparable Juan Campos of Racketsound! We’re also hard at work on the DVD & Blu-ray which will also be completed THIS WEEK! If you contributed to the film through either Kickstarter or Indiegogo, watch your inbox for surveys coming soon on how to get one! Until then, enjoy the last in our series of web vignettes, a story about Ray Charnick crossing paths with infamous mobster, Gregory Scarpa. #documentary #indiefilm #dvd #bluray #kickstarter #indiegogo #surroundsound #mafia #scarpa #addiction #drugs #heroin #AIDS

1 likes, 0 comments3 months ago

It’s official! We are “in consideration” for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival! #sundance #documentary #indiefilm #withoutabox #addiction #drugs #aids #festivalseason

21 likes, 1 comments3 months ago

Getting Over - Heroin Chic Web Vignette

Happy Eclipse Day everybody! Great news to report – this past weekend we finished our sound editing and design work, and are moving into *literally* the last step, the final sound mix! We have the wonderful team at Racketsound on the job, and are jumping in this week with both feet! And more exciting news coming later this week! Until then, enjoy this week’s web vignette, a newly remastered “Heroin Chic.” #documentary #indiefilm #addiction #drugs #heroin #AIDS, #eclipse

2 likes, 0 comments3 months ago

Getting Over - Prison/AIDS Web Vignette

The second in a series of four web vignettes, this week’s clip features my father Ray discussing when he was burned out of his prison cell for the crime of having AIDS… twice. #documentary #indiefilm #prison #aids #heroin #addiction

2 likes, 0 comments4 months ago

Getting Over - Stanley Kubrick Web Vignette

In 1997, Arnie Charnick uses a little-known quote by Bronx-born filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to illustrate his relationship to his brother Ray, and society at large. #documentary #indiefilm #drugs #heroin #addiction #kubrick #AIDS

8 likes, 0 comments4 months ago

Getting Over - Sneak Peek Trailer 2017

Happy Friday, Getting Over followers! We wanted to share our newly updated Sneak Peek trailer with you before the weekend! We’ll be finished with the movie before the end of the month, as there are many festival deadlines coming up soon, so get ready for a steady diet of new updates!

7 likes, 1 comments4 months ago

stuck in a classic NYC traffic jam while working on the sound design! – with Stephen Selvaggio #audio #protools #nyctraffic #indiefilm #documentary

3 likes, 0 comments4 months ago

Greetings Getting Over fans and followers… my apologies for the dearth of updates over the last month. We’ve been dealing with an unexpected family loss, and are only now getting back into the swing of things. We just finished the final video today and we are moving quickly on finishing the sound editing and getting the mix done, and we are finished. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon! #indiefilm #documentary #addiction

6 likes, 4 comments5 months ago

And down the stretch we come!

Howdy fans and well-wishers!

Wanted to let you all know that we’ve been making major strides on the film in the last couple of months! There’s still a little editing left to go, but we have the majority of the film in a really good place. The video is currently in the hands of our colorist, Sam Dlugach, and the audio is with our new sound editor/designer, Stephen Selvaggio, and we’re spending a majority of our time now meticulously cleaning and restoring all of our archival footage. It’s not a trivial task by any means, and we’re taking the necessary amount of time to do it right! We also have the good folks over at Framework Studio on the project, working on graphics and titles for us as we get closer to locking the picture!

Thanks again to all you for your continued support and patience. We’re finally coming down the home stretch, and we only have you to thank for helping to make it happen! Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the finish line!

We reached our goal!!!

Thanks to everyone who attended our wildly successful Casino Night and helped up reach our Indiegogo campaign goal! Through a new feature over at Indiegogo, we are able to continue raising funds even after the main campaign has ended. We are confident we are at a point where we can complete the film, but any and all additional help is greatly appreciated, as it will enable us to expand our reach, submit to additional festivals, and aim for a wider home video release!

So if you haven’t donated yet, please check us out by clicking the CONTRIBUTE NOW button above!

Indiegogo Campaign & Live Casino Party Event!!!


Our latest update is to let you know that our Indiegogo campaign is now live! We are currently raising finishing funds for the film, and any and all help is greatly appreciated! You can visit the campaign by clicking the CONTRIBUTE NOW button below the homepage title image, or by clicking the link below:


The campaign will culminate with a live Casino Party event at the Petroleum Club in Long Beach, California on February 28th!


You’re all invited to come out for a fantastic night of fun, food, drink, and most importantly, gaming & prizes! You can visit the Indiegogo campaign at the link above to purchase your tickets directly, or RSVP at our Facebook event page:


Thanks again for your ongoing support, we hope to see you at the Casino Party!


Tax-Deductible Contributions

Making an independent film doesn’t just take hard work, it takes money, and though we are proud of stretching our limited budget as far as we already have, we need your help to finish the film and make it a reality.

We have all our footage “in the can,” but we still need to complete editing, hire a composer, a sound mixer, as well as a colorist, and then we will need funds to distribute DVD’s and Blu-ray Discs of the completed project, submit to various film festivals, etc.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to GETTING OVER, please click the DONATE button below. No donation is too small, and we can’t thank you enough for your generosity!