Short Film: CARVING A NEW LIFE, 12min., USA


In the summer of 2020, we started filming with a recovering addict named Daniel Bugna as he went through the process of making a classic chair from a whole piece of wood.

As he worked on the intricate designs, he told us about his five-year struggle with opiate addiction.

We also spoke with his mom who watched her son fade from the smiling, athletic, smart, and musically talented young man she once knew.

Their struggle resembles that of so many families across the country. Too many never make it out.

Those were extremely dark days. But Daniel found his passion in woodworking and, through it, the will to change his life.

The chairs he makes are truly pieces of art and reflect Dan’s remarkable talent.

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