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

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Getting Over has passed QC and is ready for exhibition at #SXSW!!! Oh happy day! I love it when a plan comes together! #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #dcp #ateam #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #gettingoverfilm #upstartfilm #iloveitwhenaplancomestogether

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The accolades for Getting Over continue to pour in! We are proud to announce we have won an Award of Merit from the Impact DOCS Awards! Impact Docs’ mission is “to support and promote filmmakers who are making a difference in the critical issues of our times through producing impactful documentaries and who are inspiring and entertaining audiences with their stories.” We are proud to accept this award and we thank Impact Docs for their consideration! #sxsw #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #impactdocs #gettingoverfilm #upstartfilm

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Edison: Artist in Residence

This past week, you’ve seen some of my uncle Arnie’s incredible artwork. Today, take a look at his current project, a trio of murals as artist-in-residence at the Hotel Edison in NYC. #sxsw #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #hoteledison #timessquare #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #gettingoverfilm #upstartfilm

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Photos from Getting Over's post

Our #SXSW screening schedule has been announced! We’ll be having our World Premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz 2 on Sunday, March 11th at 7:30pm. A primo location at a primo time! Our second screening is also at the Ritz, Monday, March 12 at 2:15pm. And lastly, we’ll be screening at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 14 at 11:00am Very exciting! Hope you can join us and see what all the buzz is about! #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #hiv #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #austin #austintx #atx #alamodrafthouse #rollinstheatre #longcenter #gettingoverfilm #upstartfilm

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Veselkaos #2 by Arnie Charnick (1990)

“Veselkaos #2” by Arnie Charnick (1990) This was, I think, the first of many murals my uncle Arnie painted at the famed #Veselka in the East Village of New York City. I notice the #Yankees fan first, obviously, but there are many interesting characters grabbing a bite here! Stay tuned for our upcoming screening schedule at this year’s #SXSW Film Festival! Tonight, here on #facebook and #instagram! We have a barrel full of content coming at you all this week, so be sure to like and follow us today! #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #hiv #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #veselkanyc #eastvillagenyc #gettingoverfilm #upstartfilm

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“Bros” by Arnie Charnick (1985) During the run up to #SXSW, we’re also going to showcase some of my uncle Arnie’s artwork. Bros is also our featured cover photo image. Arnie Charnick has been a renowned New York City-based artist for almost 50 years. He has painted some of the city’s most well-known murals, including installations at the Veselka in the East Village, the McBurney YMCA, and the Edison Hotel. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Edison, where he is working on three murals which will be completed in a few months. See more of Arnie’s artwork at scrutinystudio.com, and be sure to check out our #facebook story with his Keys to the City series. #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #hiv #family #mural #art #painting #kickstarter #indiegogo #upstartfilm

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Getting Over

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Thought it would be a fun idea to shoot a little live video tomorrow so you all can see the tech stuff I’m packing up and sending to #SXSW tomorrow to prepare for our screenings! If you have any interest in seeing some inside baseball and what a festival’s technical requirements are, come join in the fun – tomorrow, Saturday, February 3, 11:30am PST/2:30pm EST! Sorry for the short notice, but hope you can make it! #sxswfilm #sxsw2018 #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #hiv #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #upstartfilm

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We are proud to announce Getting Over’s World Premiere at the 2018 #SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX! Our little #upstartfilm has made the #bigtime! This year’s festival runs from March 9-17. Like and Follow us now and stay tuned for our upcoming screening schedule, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and more! #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #supportindiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #jail #aids #hiv #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #sxswfilm

88 likes, 16 comments3 weeks ago

Just one more measly day and we can finally #spillthebeans! #documentary #indiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #aids #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #upstartfilm

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In two days, come see what happens next… #documentary #indiefilm #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #aids #family #kickstarter #indiegogo #upstartfilm

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In three days… find out what all the hubbub is about! Like and follow us now to stay in the know! #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #filmfestival #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #addiction #drugs #heroin #prison #aids #family #upstartfilm

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Faces of opioid addiction in the Bronx

The face of opioid addiction in the Bronx has not changed very much in the past 30 years. While the imagery is often intense and brutal, we must never look away from those who are most in need of help.

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We’re 0-6 so far in festival submissions, and you might even have noticed we didn’t make #Sundance this year. But the buzz is definitely building, and we’ve gotten a great response so far including this from a film festival programmer: “We’re always looking to discover fresh voices and are so grateful you gave us this wrenching, soulful examination of your family’s demons. What you’ve produced and captured here is a heartfelt, uncompromising look at addiction, family and confronting the ghosts each family has – but are seldom confronted so candidly.” Best rejection we could hope to get! Like us now to get more bonus content and updates on our upcoming festival schedule including screenings coming soon to a theater near you! #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #addiction #drugs #heroin #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #kickstarter #indiegogo #upstartfilm #filmfestivals #quoteoftheday

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This week we remember Heath Ledger. An inimitable talent, Heath’s career was soaring towards an unrealized apex when a prescription drug overdose took his life at age 28. Heath leaves behind a daughter, Matilda, and a number of unforgettable appearances in classic films such as Lords of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight. “You also look at death differently. It’s like a Catch-22. I feel good about dying now because I feel like I’m alive in her but at the same time, you don’t wanna die because you wanna be around for the rest of her life.” – Heath Ledger (1979-2008) #documentary #indiefilm #indiefilmmakers #addiction #drugs #newyorkcity #nyc #bronx #upstartfilm #heathledger #thedarkknight #rip

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

Greetings!

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:

http://igg.me/at/gettingoverfilm

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

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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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/340884032758575/

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

 

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