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12 to 54 is a documentary feature film about the war on drugs looking at presidential policy from Nixon's initial declaration of this fight up until today.
In 1968 when the war on drugs was declared as the biggest issue facing american society, more people died falling down stairs than from overdoses. On both sides of the debate, hyperbole and hysteria has been rampant and it is the goal of 12 to 54 to toe a line of rationality, sanity, and concern, to seek out information and policy to benefit public health.
The film also looks at how the war on drugs has been an instrument for abuses in criminal justice, civil liberties, and human rights by looking at the handling of drugs like marijuana throughout history.
If a democratic society is to make good decisions, it must be informed and we hope to discern the signal in the noise.
Chris Chiari - Producer/Director
Chris Chiari is a business professional and owner of King of Quality Productions. His company has produced live events with Live Nation and Cheech and Chong, and is currently producing digital entertainment and educational content. Chris is active politically and ran for the Florida State House of Representatives in 2006 and 2008, and Denver City Council in 2015.
Chris has built a national network of lawyers and business professionals. He sees the conversation around the war on drugs as reaching a tipping point and as a cancer survivor, Chris's goal is to have a lasting impact with 12 to 54.
Robert Rippberger - Producer/Director
Robert is a producer/director with a diverse array of creative and executive experience. He has made over four dozen short films, music videos, documentaries, and features that have reached millions of viewers worldwide. His most recent film, Alive & Kicking, sold to Magnolia films after its debut at the 2016 SxSW Film Festival.
In 2014, Robert was acting president of I Imagine, a tech and media organization that seeks to have a maximum positive impact in the world. The organization has a web platform at iimagine.com, runs I Imagine talks, and puts on the annual I Imagine Film Festival and conference in New York where Robert is still Festival Director with founder Adam Radly.
Robert previously ran and operated a commercial production company with clients such as Spyder Active Sports, Warren Miller, The Jane Goodall Institute, The New York Times, Trumbull Studios, NetApp, and others.
In 2005 at age 16, Robert made his first feature film, "The Hoodwink," that premiered to sellout audiences. The film made its money back the opening night as additional theaters were added to accommodate the crowd.
Robert has studied under directing teacher Judith Weston, at UCLA Film School, and he received a B.A. in philosophy from UC, Berkeley where he was awarded the Eisner Prize. It is the 'highest award for creativity given on the UC, Berkeley campus.' Robert was the 2012 recipient of the Dan Eldon Activist Award. He published a novel in 2014 called "Escape To Anywhere Else," with a foreword by Mariel Hemingway, co-founded and is acting editor of the magazine, Cinema of Change, and is a contributing writer at The Huffington Post.
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