The completed first half hour of my documentary, “ROCKIN’ THE UNTHINKABLE: Healing ALS Warrior’s 21 Years of Conquest after ALS” has been evaluated as exceptional, receiving the 2016 Videographer Awards’ Award of Excellence. This creation was produced from my heart and soul. Two months of producing this heart warming and inspirational work of art involved beautiful sobbing regarding what I have endured and overcome.
When the remaining hour of my 90 minute inspirational documentary is completed, we will have an extraordinary groundbreaking production featuring pioneering world renowned experts with great insight for improving the standard of care for ALS in terms of functional medicine nutrition and mind/body medicine approaches. Many people beyond ALS community will benefit from the inspiration and insight.
The Videographer Awards is one of the most coveted awards in the video industry.
Over the past 20 years, thousands of production and communication professionals have entered their best and most creative work. The goal of the Videographer Awards is to identify and recognize the artisans who excel in the scope of their own environment. Winners range from network news operations to local cable access…from large production companies to freelancers…from international advertising agencies to student producers.
The Award of Excellence is awarded to those projects the judges deemed were written, produced, shot and edited in an exceptional manner. Approximately 13 percent of the entries win this award. Award of Excellence winners are listed on the Videographer Awards website
Some reviews of the award winning first half hour of the Dr. Craig Oster & The Healers “Rockin’ The Unthinkable” documentary:
“Wow wow wow!!! Love this so much- creative, artistic, powerful, emotional, educational, political, spiritual…. Thank you for sharing this at this stage of development of your film.”
“Dr. Craig’s video is an uplifting story of how love, hope, and the power of positive thought can conquer anything. He takes us on an emotional ride as he faces a debilitating diagnosis, love lost and found, and challenging modern medicine itself. I was misty eyed the whole time!”
Soundtrack of Songs Included in this Documentary Based Upon “Fair Use”
CRUSADERS, I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here [Reprise], on STANDING TALL (Verve Records 1980)
EVERCLEAR, I Won’t Back Down, on GREATEST HITS (Cleopatra Records 2011)
MATT KEARNEY, Breathe In Breathe Out, on NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (Aware Records LLC 2006)
ELTON JOHN, Your Song, on ELTON JOHN (DJM Records 1970)
MICHAEL LUCARELLI, Your Song, on YOUR SONGS (LMS Records 2013)
ED SHEERAN, Thinking Out Loud, on X (Asylum Records, Atlantic Records 2014)
ALI STERNBERG, So Glad You’re On This Earth (Free Music Archive 2012)
THE DANIMALS, Super Psyched Birthday Crew (Free Music Archive 2013)
BILL CONTI, Gonna Fly Now, on ROCKY: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE (United Artists Records 1976)
JOHNNY CASH, I Won’t Back Down, on AMERICAN III: SOLITARY MAN (American Recordings 2000)
GLEE CAST FEATURING NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, Dream On, on GLEE: THE MUSIC VOLUME 3 (Columbia Records 2010)
Expressions of Gratitude to the Following People
Gratitude for Ken Garner Productions for video footage of Canton and Plymouth Michigan.
Gratitude for Scott Allman Productions for video footage of Dr. Craig in bed, from “Grateful To Be Here.”
Gratitude for Dayne Mentier for video footage of Dr. Craig working out in the rehab gym.
Gratitude for Tracy Marinoff and Sandy Simon for video footage and photos of Dr. Craig’s 21st birthday party after the ALS diagnosis.
Gratitude for photo repair by Andy Kitti of Aspen Digital, Jim Saliba, Jim Toomey, and Khadene “Christine” Lalla.
Gratitude for everyone who was involved in Dr. Craig’s 21st birthday party after the ALS diagnosis: Tracy Marinoff, Sandy Simon, Nancy Lee, Brian Norris, my beloved Michelle Dingeldey, my mother Bonnie Conn-Oster and my father Bob Oster.
Gratitude for Coco and Roger Newton who are a critically important part of the story told in the documentary and who have played an enormous role in the healing journeys of Dr. Craig and his Mother Bonnie. Gratitude for the images provided by Coco.
Gratitude for Executive Producer Jim Saliba of PBS’ “A Wider World” for consultation.
Gratitude for Dr. Elizabeth Waiess the psychologist who for years has heroically has traveled to me 2-3 times every week for nearly two decades to use her skills to help me in my quest to heal ALS.
Gratitude for my physicians Dr. Jay Sandweiss and Dr. R. Taylor Scott who have strengthened my healing journey.
Gratitude for all the caregivers, friends, advisors, sponsors and supporters who help me be strong in my healing journey and my campaign to use the unthinkable in my life to make a big positive impact in the world. All that I have achieved is the result of the loving support surrounding me.