Bulletproof Karma

This is a true story about Barry Shoda, a man diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and a deadly brain tumor. His doctor told him he had only a short time to live. Barry did several things to save his life, including taking a CBD oil made from hemp. This documentary provides hope that people with cancer can have an effective alternative to chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

  • Halonah Abraham Paiss
  • Halonah Abraham Paiss
  • Barry Shoda
    Key Cast
  • Frank Shallenburger
    Key Cast
  • Kent Hutchinson
    Key Cast
  • Raeghan Mueller
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Boulder International Film Festival Youth Pavilion
    Boulder, Colorado
    March 4, 2016
    Winner Best Documentary
  • Niwot Student Film Festival
    Niwot, Colorado
    March 12, 2016
  • Longmont's Front Range Film Festival
  • Lyons Film Festival
    United States
    June 9, 2016
Director Biography - Halonah Abraham Paiss

I am 18 years old and a freshman at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Illinois,.I have been producing short videos since I was 14 when I would borrow my parent's video camera. In making "Bulletproof Karma," a spark took flame inside me. I now want to pursue a career in making films and documentaries. For people who don't like to learn through a textbook (including myself), I see how important these forms of digital media are to educate people about important ideas in an entertaining way.

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Director Statement

When I learned that Barry's brain tumor had stopped growing after taking CBD hemp oil, I knew I had to tell his story. I directed, filmed, produced and edited this 8-minute documentary as my culminating project for New Vista High School in Boulder, Colorado. I know many people who have cancer in their family. I hope this documentary can be valuable as another way to deal with cancer, and possibly to save people's lives.