My Favorite Stone

The devastating impact of today’s opioid crisis on the younger generation is poignantly captured in this 9-minute short. We walk alongside Maggie who, at the age of 20, finds herself alone and without hope after falling into heroin dependency from a sports injury that derails her safe, suburban life. Few words are needed to convey the desperate place she inhabits; every emotion she feels is vividly captured by the camera, an intimate companion. And just when it seems all is lost she encounters someone from her past who brings everything back into a focus that puts Maggie on a course of revival and renewed determination.

  • John Wager
    Director
    Comedy Warriors: Showtime Feature, : Bicycle Lesson, Discovery Channel,
  • John Wager
    Writer
    Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor
  • John Wager
    Producer
    Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor
  • Isabella Wager
    Key Cast
    "Maggie"
  • Patricia L Culbert
    Key Cast
    "Mother"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - John Wager

John Wager
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / WRITER

John Wager is a seasoned and award winning director and producer. His most recent endeavor was a feature length film “Comedy Warriors,” starring Zach Galifianakis, Lewis Black, Bob Saget and B.J. Novak. To date, this Showtime Network feature documentary has won the Television Honors Award, as well as 5 major film festivals and was voted by Life Changes Network as one of the “Top Independent Films That Could Change The World”. The Television Honors Award is the highest award that you can win in television for programming with a conscience, that inspires and has the power to change lives. Prior to this, Wager directed “Bicycle Lessons”, a documentary that was shot in Italy and aired on the Discovery Channel. Wager has worked with many well-known actors and celebrities over the course of his career including: Oprah Winfrey, John Lithgow, Kevin Spacey, Reba McEntire, Judy Collins, Maya Angelou, Kathleen Turner and film-maker Ken Burns. Wager is also a Grammy-award winning producer and composer.

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Director Statement

The one word that we keep hearing from the screenings of this film is "powerful." This nine minute film was a personal journey for me. We become numb to the never-ending news feed of heart wrenching stories that cascade into a bucket of events that seemingly don't affect us. Unfortunately the heroin epidemic is not one of them. I have borne witness to the painful struggle of others who have been grappling with this tidal wave that has landed on our shores. Whether rich, poor, educated or not, there are no boundaries where this epidemic will strike. Everyone involved in this project volunteered their time and talents to make this film with the hope to help in even a small way. From the actors, crew, cinematographer right to the world renowned composer, musicians and music producer; I feel fortunate to be involved in this film and be surrounded with such a great energy toward this cause. Once we accept that heroin and opioid addiction could strip any one of us of our lives and families, we can move forward to combatting its power.