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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.

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Photos from Getting Over's post

One of my proudest days as a student at Boston University was the day I found out MLK graduated from there. Remembering his life and legacy today and hoping that every day is the day his dream comes true. #mlk #mlkday #boston #bostonuniversity #ihaveadream #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #thebronx #kickstarter #indiegogo

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Taking the show on the road! Stay tuned later this week on Instagram for more bonus features from Getting Over! #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #thebronx #kickstarter #indiegogo #adobe #adobepremiere #editing #postproduction #marriott #palmsprings

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Getting Over - Sneak Peek Trailer 2017

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Finally had the chance to see Yance Ford’s superlative #documentary Strong Island on Netflix. Powerful on so many levels, with such a layered complexity of both style and substance, this film *will* be taught in schools some day. … Similar in many ways to Getting Over, I’m almost glad I didn’t see it before we finished. I think it enabled me find my own voice as a filmmaker, as this movie cuts you to the core. Kudos to everyone involved! … #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #thebronx #kickstarter #indiegogo #yanceford #strongisland #DoYouKnowMyBrother

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Today we take a moment to remember the great, yet tortured Chris Farley. His influence can’t be underestimated, and his genius can never be overstated. “Once I thought if I just had enough in the bank, if I had enough fame, that it would be alright. But I’m a human being like everyone else. I’m not exempt.” – Chris Farley, 1964-1997 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #thebronx #kickstarter #indiegogo #chrisfarley #snl #legend

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Today’s spotlight isn’t on a celebrity per se, but rather a celebrity to me, my mother, Janet Charnick. Today is the 20th anniversary of her passing from ovarian cancer. A recovered drug addict herself, she was able to shake off the shackles of addiction, and go on to a live a fruitful, if modest life. And although Getting Over is primarily about my father, this film could never have happened without her guidance and support during my most formative years. You are missed every day.

4 likes, 2 comments1 week ago

Boogie Nights Scene - Mark Wahlberg/Philip Seymour Hoffman

Until the festival season starts up in earnest in 2018, over the next few weeks, we’re going to focus on the work of talented performers lost too soon to drug addiction. Today, we spotlight actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). #addiction #drugs #heroin #documentary #indiefilm “If I don’t stop, I know I’m going to die.”

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Alice in Chains - Down in a Hole (MTV Unplugged)

“Drugs worked for me for years, and now they’re turning against me, now I’m walking through hell and this sucks. I didn’t want my fans to think that heroin was cool. But then I’ve had fans come up to me and give me the thumbs up, telling me they’re high. That’s exactly what I didn’t want to happen.”- Layne Staley, Alice in Chains (1967-2002) #RIPLayne

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Back to work! Editing the Getting Over Q&A from our recent private screening on #adobepremiere! Stay tuned for more exciting #filmfestival news in 2018! #documentary #indiefilm #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #bronx #editing #kickstarter #indiegogo #ripfcp7

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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 comments1 month 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

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

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Getting Over Private Screening

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

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Gazette Newspapers

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

43 likes, 1 comments2 months 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 comments2 months 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 comments2 months 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 comments3 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 comments3 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

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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 comments3 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

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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!