When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 17, I never expected I would become a documentary filmmaker. But having an IBD has a way of changing your life for better or worse, depending on your perspective.
In 2010, I wanted to make a documentary that showed inspiring stories of people overcoming their IBD using alternative treatments. I felt the treatments needed more public awareness, and that too many were suffering needlessly. The treatments that could help heal their IBD were out there, waiting for them.
For the film, I interviewed dozens of people, did hundreds of hours of research, and experimented on myself to improve my health. After six years of hard work, I released WANTED: Crohn’s End in 2016. I sold copies digitally, and on DVD. The film was also screened at one film festival, The Eugene International Film Festival in Eugene, OR.
Recently, I moved to Los Angeles in order to advance my filmmaking career as an Assistant Editor and Editor. In the process of moving, getting settled, and starting a new full time job, sales have slowed to maybe one per month, if that. I haven’t had the energy to promote the film, and build a community around it.
I still believe in the film and wish more people would see it, which is why today I am releasing the film for free, just visit the front page to view your options or download. From now until the internet breaks, the film will be completely free for all to see whenever they need to.
Releasing it today is perfect timing because from December 1st to the 7th is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. I hope that by releasing the film during this week, some buzz is created and more people see the film.
In the coming months I will likely close down CrohnsEnd.com, the newsletter, and associated social media channels. I am open to inquiries from buyers to purchase the domain name and brand I’ve created. There are a lot of people out there who would love to see more information about alternative treatments for IBD. I unfortunately am not available to continue this work, and it’s also time I moved on with my life and new interests.
I’ve had a wonderful, rewarding time serving the Crohn’s and Colitis community, sharing what I’ve learned over the years. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way, sharing your stories, advice, and support.
PS: If you feel inspired to donate money, I will gladly accept payments through PayPal.