One of my very good friends, Todd "Z-Man" Zalkins, has collaborated with some talented film makers to tell his story. A story of RockStar highs and rock bottom additions. I met Todd, who is a talented front man himself, through the great Bradley Nowell ( the original front man and creative genius behind the band Sublime ) and spent many a times with him along his wild ride, both highs and lows. We have been fortunate to see his more than ten years recovery from the depths of drug dependence that took Brad and so many others. Todd also wrote a book, " Dying for triplicate " which inspired this film. It's a whopper. " The long way back" has been cleaning up on the Film Festival circuit, taking top honors at the recent Phoenix Film Festival. It's premiering tonight, at the #newportbeachfilmfestival, and if your in the OC, and want to scare some one straight, tonight could be a good time to do so.
Here's what the critics have to say.... The "Long Way Back" is one of the most compelling and scary train wrecks you will ever see, and punches you in the gut with the reality of one of the most deadly and preventable diseases in the country: opioid addiction.
Directed by Richard Yelland and produced by Mike Meeker, this documentary recently took top honors at the Phoenix Film Festival. If you know anyone who is at risk of drug abuse or has a history, this is a 2017 version of the classic movie “Scared Straight.” It’s an anti-drug movie wrapped around a rock star biopic.
That rock star is Bradley Nowell, one of the founders of the rock group, Sublime. This movie tells the story of how Nowell was involved with the Long Beach rock/ ska/ drug movement which began in the late 80s, until his untimely and premature death in 1996 at age 28.
During those years, a number of rock groups abused every drug they could find, killing many of them. One of the former rockers featured in the movie shares that he has been to “two or three funerals every year since the 90s.”Todd “The Long Way Back” primarily tells the story of Todd “Z-man” Zalkins, 48, who spent 17 years as a drug addict. When Nowell died, many of the Long Beach punkers were scared into sobriety, but Z-Man....you get it.