Amid the opioid and suicide epidemics, military veterans across the nation are ditching prescription medications in favor of cannabis.

In his first feature-length documentary, producer, director, and military veteran Steve Ellmore chronicles the lives of fellow veterans, spouses, and family members coping with war-related trauma and the loss of loved ones to suicide brought on by the over-prescription of pharmaceuticals.

  • Steve Ellmore
  • Steve Ellmore
  • Sue Sisley
    Key Cast
  • Boone Cutler
    Key Cast
  • Janine Lutz
    Key Cast
  • Joshua James Frey
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Military
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 11 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, United States
  • Film Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Colorado International Film Festival
    United States
    July 27, 2019
    Exclusive Screening
    Be the Change Award (Festival Theme)
Director Biography - Steve Ellmore

Steve Ellmore is a craftsman practiced in the art of film photography. His experience originates from a time when resolution was measured in grains of silver rather than number of pixels. His knowledge acquired from the darkroom has afforded him a unique perspective for mastering today's digital resources. Ellmore's involvement with motion picture production dates back to the early 80s, where he experimented with stop motion animation on Super 8 film. In 1987, he received formal training in television production through his school's regional occupation program, where he discovered his passion for linear, and now non-linear, editing.

His portfolio includes documentaries, short films, webcasts, and snackable content.

Ellmore is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and continues to support his fellow veterans in his current role as Public Affairs Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Director Statement

Unprescribed is a self-funded, passion project conceived after learning the benefits of medical marijuana. As a military veteran and suicide survivor, I took it upon myself to share the stories of veterans who are all too hesitant to speak to others outside of the veteran community about their PTSD and war-related traumas. Unprescribed is a film by veterans for veterans.