A director friend of mine, Andrew Butte, met this inspiring athlete who’d suffered from drug addiction, clinically died on the hospital table three separate times, but somehow came back from it all to set a world record for weight lifting. We wanted to tell his story and shoot something that captured his journey. So, after rounds of conversation, we went to an abandoned factory he’d spent years doing drugs in and showed him facing it, empowered with his new love of competitive lifting.

Director: Andrew Butte
Writer: Alex Maleski