Synopsis: GATEWAY is a film thoughtfully told through the eyes and hearts of everyday American families who were introduced to opioids after surgery and go on to battle with addiction – either personally or as a caregiver to a loved one. The result is a humanizing and eye-opening look into the risks of injudicious opioid prescribing in an often overlooked setting in the context of the addiction crisis: the operating room. The film features a woman who faced addiction following a C-section, a high school athlete who struggled with opioids after suffering sports-related injuries, a young woman who has battled addiction for over a decade, and a clinician who has made it his mission to reduce opioid prescribing after surgery.
Dana Richie is a director and award-winning storyteller who runs Backlot Productions. She’s also a writer and executive producer. Under Dana’s leadership, she and her team have created both original and partnered content that has been embraced by entertainment studios, networks, agencies and prestigious U.S. brands. Gateway is her first documentary film.