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G-Ride: The Mike Griffith Story

G-Ride: The Mike Griffith Story

G-Ride is a 22-minute short-form documentary film about the struggles of homelessness, recovery, and the death of someone close for Mike “G-Ride” Griffith, a pedicab driver in the college town of Chico, California. From sleeping under picnic tables, skinny-dipping in the community pool and his addiction to methamphetamines, Mike “G-Ride” has worked hard to become who he is today: Chico “Best Local Personality” and “Best Cab Company” for the last four consecutive years.

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Mike was raised in foster homes until he aged out of the foster system. He went to live with his grandparents, however they both died when he was 19 years old. So he found himself without a home and living on the streets in Chico. He found community with the city’s homeless and shortly thereafter, someone introduced him to methamphetamines. Addicted, homeless, jobless, and no one to help him, Mike hit his rock bottom. One night, he was skinny-dipping in the community pool and he saw someone drive up on a pedicab. Mike asked if he could learn how to drive one and the next day began driving around downtown Chico. He found he could make some money and perhaps work his way off the streets. He began dressing up as different characters so little kids could meet their heroes: a Troll, or Mr. Incredible. Now twelve years sober, Mr. Incredible (Mike) sings “Happy Birthday” to a boy at the pool where he used to go skinny-dipping.

The film’s narrative tells the intersection of Mike’s life with Kristina Chesterman—a Chico State nursing student who was riding her bike home from school and was hit by a drunk driver. She died four days later. Mike reached out to the family to start a bike safety and drunk driving awareness event. A few months after Mike and Kristina’s parents began planning the event, Kristina’s mom, Sandra, found a picture of Kristina on the back of Mike’s pedicab, holding Mike’s dog, Lil’ G. The picture was from the night before Kristina was hit. Mike was Kristina’s last safe ride home. Kristina was a donor, and her pancreas and one of her kidneys went to one of Mike’s friends from high school.


G-Ride concludes with Mike talking about the daily struggle to stay clean, the impact he has on the community, and their love for him as his motivation to keep riding. From a homeless-meth-addict to Mr. Incredible, Mike “G-Ride” is a Chico Icon who makes people smile and see there is goodness and love in the world.

Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays

One man's love for his dying mother leads him to commit the biggest mistake of his life. Now from inside his jail cell with his newfound faith and the hopes of a Christmas miracle, he seeks redemption on Christmas Day.

Mia

Mia

A young woman is torn between her love for a man and her love for her unborn child.

Penny: Portrait of a Birth Mom

Penny: Portrait of a Birth Mom

Having experienced an abortion in her past, Penny knew without a doubt that choosing adoption was the choice she would make for her second pregnancy.

Bear and Fred

Bear and Fred

Michigan student, Hailey Callahan, visits Holocaust survivor Fred Lessing at his home after meeting him at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Fred shares his story of how his boyhood teddy bear was his only family while hiding in Holland and reads an excerpt from a children's book that was written about him and his bear. This story will be featured in an hour long film, Shoah Ambassadors.

TESTED

TESTED

He has trained some of the most well-known NFL Athletes in recent history (Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Darnell Savage), but few know his powerful life story. Overcoming unbelievable tragedy, heartbreak, and testing, this is the journey of an underdog from Jersey, his family, and a world-class sports facility, TEST Football Academy.

Life without Limits

Life without Limits

This films follows Andrew Paddison ,a Thalidomider,challenge himself by handcycling around the north coast of Scotland and raise awareness and money for SafeLives Charity, a domestic abuse charity. His journey carries that message that limitations shouldn't stop you from doing anything in life.

The Dark Places

The Dark Places

When a young woman’s depression drives her to despair, only a father’s love can help her overcome the dark places.

The Choice

The Choice

A young college girl has to deal with the real life struggles of an unplanned pregnancy. Poignant, and tragically relevant, the story strikes at the emotional heart of one of societies' most important issues. The film is based on the stage production "The Sanctity of Life" by Dr. Nicky Chavers.

What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care

What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, blame was thrown quickly at the facilities and their operators. But where does the responsibility actually lie for the failure to protect tens of thousands of frail seniors? This 20-minute documentary explores the causes behind the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care facilities across the United States.

The Simple Path

The Simple Path

“The Simple Path” follows the decision making of Nevaeh, an elder care nurse who struggles emotionally when one of her long-term elderly female patients, Helen, no longer has the financial ability to support the costs associated with the care facility for which she works.

In an impromptu act, Nevaeh makes the decision to move Helen home with her to provide ongoing care with the help of her younger brother, Aman, who just returned home after a 4-year stint working as an oversees Peace Corp Volunteer.

Although the subject matter of “The Simple Path” is distressing in the realistic challenges for many elderly, the story finds emotional balance in the random acts of kindness that certain humans are willing to provide to those in need.

Little Room for Justice

Little Room for Justice

An Army Ranger, suffering the emotional ravages of war in Afghanistan, looses his wife and daughter in a tragic accident. He returns home to avenge his loss on the attorney he holds responsible. He confronts the lawyer in an elevator, and life or death for both hangs in the balance. How can justice be satisfied?

I'll See You Later

I'll See You Later

I’ll See You Later tells the life altering stories of adoption, profoundly carried between families learning to embody love together. Open adoption stories, where the birth mom is a welcome part of the child’s life even as they are raised by their adoptive parents, are brave, courageous, and beautiful. This documentary film tells the real stories of adoption as shared by families who have lived it. For those who have an adoption story, this film resonates with a heart-aching richness and reflects the beauty of self-giving love; stories that reveal the very best in each of us. Some stories of adoption do not say “goodbye,” but, “I’ll see you later.”

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson square off in a national battle in this untold conspiracy that led to the most famous and controversial court case in history.

Heart of Africa 2: Companions

Heart of Africa 2: Companions

Jason Martin arrives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a missionary and is assigned to work with a young Congolese man, Gabriel Ngandu, to build an orphanage. They struggle to understand each other and overcome prejudices, betrayals, and tragic events in their pasts. As they work together to become true companions in serving those around them, Elder Martin opens his heart to a beautiful nation and people on the brink of magnificent possibilities.

MusicianFest - Never Too Old

MusicianFest - Never Too Old

A half-hour documentary MusicianFest: Never Too Old highlights the power of music to bring joy, purpose, connectivity, and healing to all people. The film shines a light on MusicianFest, an initiative to provide free, age-friendly musical performances at senior centers and assisted living facilities in the United States and Canada.

Dying Is Not Giving Up

Dying Is Not Giving Up

"Dying Is Not Giving Up" features conversations between Licensed Psychotherapist Kelly Grosklags and her patient, Judy Erdahl, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Together along with Erdahl's family, friends and oncologist, new perspectives are shared in hopes of making the dying experience more meaningful to a person.

This Is Dementia

This Is Dementia

Dr. John DenBoer has made it his life's work to find a cure for dementia. He was personally impacted by this disease when his grandmother, a woman who helped raised him, was diagnosed with dementia and eventually passed. Not many people know what dementia even is. This documentary shares the startling statistics, the misconceptions about this disease, as well as preventative actions people can take.

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G-Ride: The Mike Griffith Story

G-Ride: The Mike Griffith Story

G-Ride is a 22-minute short-form documentary film about the struggles of homelessness, recovery, and the death of someone close for Mike “G-Ride” Griffith, a pedicab driver in the college town of Chico, California. From sleeping under picnic tables, skinny-dipping in the community pool and his addiction to methamphetamines, Mike “G-Ride” has worked hard to become who he is today: Chico “Best Local Personality” and “Best Cab Company” for the last four consecutive years.

Longer:
Mike was raised in foster homes until he aged out of the foster system. He went to live with his grandparents, however they both died when he was 19 years old. So he found himself without a home and living on the streets in Chico. He found community with the city’s homeless and shortly thereafter, someone introduced him to methamphetamines. Addicted, homeless, jobless, and no one to help him, Mike hit his rock bottom. One night, he was skinny-dipping in the community pool and he saw someone drive up on a pedicab. Mike asked if he could learn how to drive one and the next day began driving around downtown Chico. He found he could make some money and perhaps work his way off the streets. He began dressing up as different characters so little kids could meet their heroes: a Troll, or Mr. Incredible. Now twelve years sober, Mr. Incredible (Mike) sings “Happy Birthday” to a boy at the pool where he used to go skinny-dipping.

The film’s narrative tells the intersection of Mike’s life with Kristina Chesterman—a Chico State nursing student who was riding her bike home from school and was hit by a drunk driver. She died four days later. Mike reached out to the family to start a bike safety and drunk driving awareness event. A few months after Mike and Kristina’s parents began planning the event, Kristina’s mom, Sandra, found a picture of Kristina on the back of Mike’s pedicab, holding Mike’s dog, Lil’ G. The picture was from the night before Kristina was hit. Mike was Kristina’s last safe ride home. Kristina was a donor, and her pancreas and one of her kidneys went to one of Mike’s friends from high school.


G-Ride concludes with Mike talking about the daily struggle to stay clean, the impact he has on the community, and their love for him as his motivation to keep riding. From a homeless-meth-addict to Mr. Incredible, Mike “G-Ride” is a Chico Icon who makes people smile and see there is goodness and love in the world.

Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays

One man's love for his dying mother leads him to commit the biggest mistake of his life. Now from inside his jail cell with his newfound faith and the hopes of a Christmas miracle, he seeks redemption on Christmas Day.

Mia

Mia

A young woman is torn between her love for a man and her love for her unborn child.

Penny: Portrait of a Birth Mom

Penny: Portrait of a Birth Mom

Having experienced an abortion in her past, Penny knew without a doubt that choosing adoption was the choice she would make for her second pregnancy.

Bear and Fred

Bear and Fred

Michigan student, Hailey Callahan, visits Holocaust survivor Fred Lessing at his home after meeting him at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Fred shares his story of how his boyhood teddy bear was his only family while hiding in Holland and reads an excerpt from a children's book that was written about him and his bear. This story will be featured in an hour long film, Shoah Ambassadors.

TESTED

TESTED

He has trained some of the most well-known NFL Athletes in recent history (Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Darnell Savage), but few know his powerful life story. Overcoming unbelievable tragedy, heartbreak, and testing, this is the journey of an underdog from Jersey, his family, and a world-class sports facility, TEST Football Academy.

Life without Limits

Life without Limits

This films follows Andrew Paddison ,a Thalidomider,challenge himself by handcycling around the north coast of Scotland and raise awareness and money for SafeLives Charity, a domestic abuse charity. His journey carries that message that limitations shouldn't stop you from doing anything in life.

The Dark Places

The Dark Places

When a young woman’s depression drives her to despair, only a father’s love can help her overcome the dark places.

The Choice

The Choice

A young college girl has to deal with the real life struggles of an unplanned pregnancy. Poignant, and tragically relevant, the story strikes at the emotional heart of one of societies' most important issues. The film is based on the stage production "The Sanctity of Life" by Dr. Nicky Chavers.

What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care

What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, blame was thrown quickly at the facilities and their operators. But where does the responsibility actually lie for the failure to protect tens of thousands of frail seniors? This 20-minute documentary explores the causes behind the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care facilities across the United States.

The Simple Path

The Simple Path

“The Simple Path” follows the decision making of Nevaeh, an elder care nurse who struggles emotionally when one of her long-term elderly female patients, Helen, no longer has the financial ability to support the costs associated with the care facility for which she works.

In an impromptu act, Nevaeh makes the decision to move Helen home with her to provide ongoing care with the help of her younger brother, Aman, who just returned home after a 4-year stint working as an oversees Peace Corp Volunteer.

Although the subject matter of “The Simple Path” is distressing in the realistic challenges for many elderly, the story finds emotional balance in the random acts of kindness that certain humans are willing to provide to those in need.

Little Room for Justice

Little Room for Justice

An Army Ranger, suffering the emotional ravages of war in Afghanistan, looses his wife and daughter in a tragic accident. He returns home to avenge his loss on the attorney he holds responsible. He confronts the lawyer in an elevator, and life or death for both hangs in the balance. How can justice be satisfied?

I'll See You Later

I'll See You Later

I’ll See You Later tells the life altering stories of adoption, profoundly carried between families learning to embody love together. Open adoption stories, where the birth mom is a welcome part of the child’s life even as they are raised by their adoptive parents, are brave, courageous, and beautiful. This documentary film tells the real stories of adoption as shared by families who have lived it. For those who have an adoption story, this film resonates with a heart-aching richness and reflects the beauty of self-giving love; stories that reveal the very best in each of us. Some stories of adoption do not say “goodbye,” but, “I’ll see you later.”

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson square off in a national battle in this untold conspiracy that led to the most famous and controversial court case in history.

Heart of Africa 2: Companions

Heart of Africa 2: Companions

Jason Martin arrives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a missionary and is assigned to work with a young Congolese man, Gabriel Ngandu, to build an orphanage. They struggle to understand each other and overcome prejudices, betrayals, and tragic events in their pasts. As they work together to become true companions in serving those around them, Elder Martin opens his heart to a beautiful nation and people on the brink of magnificent possibilities.

MusicianFest - Never Too Old

MusicianFest - Never Too Old

A half-hour documentary MusicianFest: Never Too Old highlights the power of music to bring joy, purpose, connectivity, and healing to all people. The film shines a light on MusicianFest, an initiative to provide free, age-friendly musical performances at senior centers and assisted living facilities in the United States and Canada.

Dying Is Not Giving Up

Dying Is Not Giving Up

"Dying Is Not Giving Up" features conversations between Licensed Psychotherapist Kelly Grosklags and her patient, Judy Erdahl, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Together along with Erdahl's family, friends and oncologist, new perspectives are shared in hopes of making the dying experience more meaningful to a person.

This Is Dementia

This Is Dementia

Dr. John DenBoer has made it his life's work to find a cure for dementia. He was personally impacted by this disease when his grandmother, a woman who helped raised him, was diagnosed with dementia and eventually passed. Not many people know what dementia even is. This documentary shares the startling statistics, the misconceptions about this disease, as well as preventative actions people can take.

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