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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. We are now available in stores on DVD & Blu-ray, and online on all your favorite streaming platforms! Click the logos below to rent or purchase the movie that SXSW called a “deeply personal, beautifully crafted film.”

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We shared the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz with Bill Hader and the Barry team for our premieres at SXSW 2018, and now, a year and a half and 2 superlative seasons of television later, we’re honored to share a spot next to an already classic show on IMDb’s ranking of last year’s festival entrants. See what all the fuss is about. Watch Getting Over NOW for FREE – with a Prime membership – on Amazon Prime Video now! Kudos to Bill, Alec and the whole squad behind Barry. We hope you’re around to make us both laugh AND cringe at the same time for many years to come!

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Getting Over is getting over the pond! We’ll be premiering in the UK soon so stay tuned for more info!

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BLURAY GIVEAWAY! Sign up to the Upstart Film Collective mailing list by June 3rd, and be entered for a chance to win a copy of our original Special Edition Blu-ray, complete with 35 additional minutes of bonus features, including animated menus, 4 featurettes, a deleted scene, and a full length comic about the study of addiction. You can also listen to the isolated score track by our composer, Jason David White – Guitarist/Composer! NOT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC!!! Sign up now and be the first on your block to learn about fun and exciting new productions from Upstart Film Collective!

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Getting Over

Stay tuned for a special bluray giveaway to own a copy of the Getting Over special edition NOT AVAILABLE to the public!

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The reviews continue to roll in, including a stellar 4 star rating on Amazon Prime Video. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can watch the film for FREE right now!

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With the recent announcement about #SFDocFest 2019’s official selections, we’re celebrating #throwbackthursday by looking back at our slot in last year’s festival and subsequent appearance winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the @indigomoonfilmfest. We are currently ranked 6th out of 45 movies from last year’s DocFest on @imdb! If you haven’t checked us out yet, what are you waiting for?!?! . . . #documentary #independentfilm #indiefilm #supportindiefilm #sfindie #sanfrancisco #sanfran #roxietheater #filmfestival #bigscreen #newyork #newyorkcity #bronx #aids #drugs #heroin #addiction #movies #film #cinema #upstartfilm #gettingoverfilm

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Getting Over

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A Journey into the Past: A Conversation with Filmmaker Jason Charnick

Another great featured article about our screenings in Asbury Park, NJ, this time from Jersey Shore Vibe. Come on out to Bees on Bangs tonight and tomorrow at 7pm!

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New Jersey Stage Issue 58

Our featured article in New Jersey Stage magazine is now available! Facebook won’t let me tag you guys!

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"Getting Over" to be screened at Art Tank in Asbury Park April 26-27

Here’s a preview of our upcoming New Jersey screenings, courtesy of New Jersey Stage! Full length article and interview coming soon!

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FREE SCREENING!!! Come on out this Friday & Saturday at 7pm at the Bees on Bangs Art Collective in Asbury Park, NJ! Join us for the film currently ranked 4th on IMDb’s list of 128 films from SXSW 2018, and stay for Q&A’s with director Jason Charnick after each show!

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More comments coming in from our fantastic viewers and fans, and we are humbled and honored. If you’ve seen the film, we’d always love to hear from you too!

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SXSW 2018: Trending Titles - IMDb

IMDb has a running list of 128 titles from SXSW 2018, and over a year later, we’re still ranked number FIVE by user rating with an 8.3/10! See what all the fuss is about! Streaming on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and all major cable VOD providers!

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I am truly humbled by every. single. person. who watches our film and is moved by it. This message came in from a random stranger this weekend, and I wanted to share it. Getting Over is now available to watch on all your favorite streaming platforms, and if you’ve seen it, we’d LOVE to hear from you!

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Next round of screenings coming later this April to the Bees on Bangs Art Popup in Asbury Park, NJ! Stay tuned for more details including an upcoming Special Edition Blu-ray giveaway! #supportindiefilm #documentary #beesonbangs #upstartfilm #gettingoverfilm

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Welp, our NYC screening did not reach its goal, and as such, the event has been… well, let’s just call it rescheduled. If you purchased a ticket through Tugg, you will be refunded in full, and you should have already received a digital download link as a thank you for your support. Why “rescheduled?” Because we will still be having more public screenings on the east coast, starting with Asbury Park, NJ on April 26 & 27. These screenings are confirmed! Stay tuned for more details on how you can still see Getting Over on the big screen!

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It’s also our birthday! Getting Over premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year on this date, March 11, 2018 at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas.

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SXSW 2018: Documentary Spotlight - IMDb

One year later, and we are the highest ranked film on IMDb’s list of films from SXSW 2018’s Documentary Spotlight category! It’s woefully unscientific, but you can’t argue with the raw data!

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Getting Over NYC Screening Promo

TICKET SALES END MARCH 14!!! There’s less than two weeks left to buy tickets for the ONE NIGHT ONLY New York City screening of Getting Over, the darling of last year’s SXSW Film Festival! Showing at the AMC Empire 25 right in the heart of the city, we still need YOUR help to hit our goal or the show won’t go on! Each ticket also includes a link to download the film to own, so even if you can’t make it, you can still help, and still see the film that Janet Pierson of SXSW called “unique and fascinating, and really captured our attention.” Join us in New York on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm, then watch the film again at your convenience from anywhere in the world. Don’t delay, buy your ticket TODAY! AMC Empire 25 234 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036 (Producer/Director Jason Charnick will conduct a Q&A after the film moderated by Filmwax Radio’s Adam Schartoff.)

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Did you miss our premiere screenings in Austin last year? Come see us in New York in 3 weeks!

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#FlashbackFriday to last year’s #ThrowbackThursday!!!

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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!


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