THE NEW TRAILER FOR ‘SIX GIFTS’
The Story Behind "Six Gifts"
After launching a crowdrunding campaign last year that helped us raise $6,000 towards our first film, we are super excited to be in the final stages of the editing process and close to the movie’s premiere!
‘Six Gifts’, is a look into the lives of 6 amazing people across all walks of life, and their battles with addiction and failure, to their recovery from it and triumphs!
The film will consist of 6 sections starring some truly remarkable people and athletes:
- Surfing- Ben Gravy
- Snowboarding- Scott French
- Skiing- Rebecca Selig
- Endurance Athletes- Chris Vargo
- Yoga- Monica Lebansky
- Crossfit- Melody
The movie is meant to inspire people currently suffering from addiction and those who are unable to find that missing piece to the puzzle to help finally get them sober. It is also meant for people who are already sober and feel like they need something else to get them motivated and out enjoying life, so they don’t fall back into previous traps and pitfalls.
Our amazing campaign donors will have first access to the film and all of their prizes, followed by a DVD release and screenings at small theatres and rehab facilities across the country.
We have been incredibly fortunate to have so many people that believe in what we are doing, and are grateful everyday for the kind words and support!
Guys with the dream to live Sober and Stoked!
People we need to help to feel like a success
The founder of Nub Nation has been sober for over 2 years, and has been working hard to inspire others to follow their dreams and live a life of adventure and passion. His YouTube channel has built up a following of over 30,000 diehard fans!
Monica took her newfound sobriety and found her passion and purpose in the practice and teaching of yoga. She regularly teaches at treatment facilities in Austin, and helps others discover an outlet of expression in their sobriety.
Professional ultra-runner Chris Vargo has returned to the highest levels of running since getting sober, and is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a firefighter. His wife and daughter help push him to stay sober and stoked on all life has to offer!
Co-Founder/Executive Producer of Sober and Stoked, pulled double duty for this movie, starring in it as well to tell his remarkable story. His passion for life, and helping others, knows no limits, and when he isn’t hitting the mountain 150 days a year, he has launched his own business in addition to everything he has done with Sober and Stoked.
After breaking free from the bar/nightclub industry, Melody found her calling in Crossfit and Spartan Races, ultimately landing on American Ninja Warrior! She helps teach others in recovery at her Crossfit gym, and finds joy in pushing herself to her limits!
Professional Freeskier Rebecca Selig, has had a wild ride in life. She has found peace and faith in sobriety, and reinvigorated her love for skiing. Even in spite of several surgeries, she has found gratitude for every chairlift, and every run down the mountain.
The 'Sober and Stoked' Movement
We are trying to build a movement around this movie. For us it was so important to get back to nature, to go surf, to go ride, to just go be active. We want people to embrace whatever it is that inspires them and keeps them Sober and Stoked! That is the message we are trying to bring to those who need it and we are going to use our movie as the springboard to those dreams!
Scott French's Story
The Last Day
July 20, 2006 a day when most people would throw in the towel. I woke up, it was 7:30 am, walked into the kitchen grabbed a Bud Light, poured a double shot of Jagermeister. I started my day off just like I had every day, for the past couple of years. A couple of shots first thing in the morning always helped with the shakes. I jumped into the shower, cleaned myself up, and remembered praying and hoping that I would actually one day be able to be clean and sober. Feeling like death had gone on for too long. I toweled off, got dressed, and finished off the bag of cocaine I had. I snorted the last of it, three lines that I cut, and thought that possibly that was the last time.
How it got there
Over a decade of doing drugs and drinking everyday had taken a toll on me. I had acquired 4 DUI’s over 10 years, had many drunk in public offenses, and many violation of probations. Many people thought I was life of the party. I worked in bars and many thought it was just part of the lifestyle. After some failed long term relationships the drug use began to be more of a constant. Cocaine slowly turned into meth and crack, and then Oxycontin and heroin. I was in a constant black out, many days I would stay up for days, suffering from sleep deprivation and drug use. I couldn’t dream anymore, and my nightmares, and my life were all the same. I was sick and tired.
I walked out the door and headed to Fairfax County Courthouse in Va. Eluding Police, reckless driving, and another DUI, I faced. I pleaded guilty and got jail time. I remember smiling, this was my chance. I was given an opportunity to forcibly be away from drugs and alcohol. I could transform my life, incarceration is the only way I’ll get sober. I was put in Department of Corrections in Va.
Recovery 101 & 102
I attended AA meetings while inside. I read the Big Book, I held on to sayings like the Serenity Prayer, one day at a time, this too shall pass, and everything happens for a reason. I gained weight, I felt better. I realized that July 20, 2006 will be one of the greatest days of my life. The first day of living clean and sober. The detox was vicious and scary in a jail cell, but I survived.
After I was released back into the public, I went snowboarding in Jackson Hole, and I knew that this had to be part of my future. I had to get back into what I loved while growing up. Soon after that, I went surfing, with Eugene. It was some of the best waves I had surfed, at the time. I remember thinking this is exactly what I need to do to survive.
It’s been close to 11 years since I’ve done drugs or had a drink. I wish I could say once I quit that life got easier. It has definitely gotten better. Still living with an addict lifestyle, I’ve gone from doing triathlons to doing Ironmans. Moving to Colorado to do some snowboarding one winter, to getting over 150 days on the mountain for 3 seasons in a row.
Sober and Stoked!
Giving back and lending a sober hand has always been on my mind, as well as Eugene’s. We finally had some pieces of the puzzle that came together. As life goes on, many of my friends have lost the struggle to addiction. With prescription drug addiction on the rise, heroin, and alcohol always being a problem for so many in the world today, I think its time we share our Sober and Stoked mindset with everyone!
Eugene Stiltner's Story
The last time
October 13, 2005 was a normal night for me at the time. I had a job interview the next morning, so I decided that the correct way to celebrate that interview was to stay out until last call. I then preceded to drive home on the shoulder of the interstate at one point, and was pulled over and arrested by one of Virginia’s finest. This was the culmination of almost 8 years of reckless, out of control drinking, depression, trouble with the law, and a desire to no longer go on. When I got out the next morning my parents and a family friend who had been sober for many years, sat me down for an intervention.
Help is on the way
The man’s name was Joe Conway, and he missed a trip to see his mother who was dying from cancer at the time to come and help me. He helped me get into treatment at Father Martin’s Ashley in Havre De Grace, Maryland two days later and off I went to attempt to tackle my demons. He passed away a couple years ago; he is one of the people this movie is dedicated to. I am forever grateful to him for what he did for me that day.
Fast-forward 12 years, and life is very different. I am happily married to the love of my life and we have an amazing 6 year-old son. I owned a successful restaurant for the last 7 years, and have produced 3 other movies, all in the surf world. I have gone back to school and will be graduating with my M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Maryland in June. Professionally though, I am most proud of what Scotty and I are doing here with Sober and Stoked. He and I have talked about doing this for years, and I am incredibly excited to produce this Movie, and share this Movement and Mindset with anyone that wants to be a part of it!
Nick Tribuno and Eugene had worked together on previous projects, so when Scotty and Eugene asked him to take on the project, he jumped at the chance! His work in surfing is well know up and down the East Coast, and he has been featured numerous times on Surfline, the largest surf website in the world. Over the last few years though, he has moved heavily into video, and begun to really parlay his talents into a full time career.
Knowing he is making an impact with this movie, is really what drew him to the project. He is looking forward to the next Sober and Stoked project, which is slated to kick off later this year.
You can find him on Instagram– @nicktribuno