In a follow-up to his award-winning film 9000 Needles, filmmaker Doug Dearth sets out on a journey to meet the extraordinary people who are at the forefront of integrating eastern and western medicine into today’s medical systems.
In Orange County California, Doug meets the families of Cade Spinello and Max Wilford as they deal with the devastating effects of childhood cancer. Faced with complications from brain surgery and their upcoming chemotherapy treatments, the future seems uncertain for both children. This is when their neurosurgeon, Dr. William Loudon, suggests something outside of the box, and they are introduced to acupuncturist Ruth McCarty.
Over the next few years, Cade and Max experience a unique treatment program at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. We learn how Ruth and Dr. Loudon went about implementing acupuncture into the hospital system and witness the amazing results of their forward-thinking approach.
Doug Dearth’s compassionate documentary Getting To The Point does just that: in half an hour, Dearth allots time to share the stories of two families, both of whom have had children diagnosed with cancer, and their healing, particularly by means of acupuncture. Immediately speaking, the thoroughness of Dearth’s nonfiction narrative shines through, even with the time budget of 30 minutes. Convincingly, however, he successfully tells two stories around one universal theme of hope in the world.What is more is that Dearth intends to integrate the principles of eastern and western medicine to achieve this healing, never abiding to why one might be “bad” or “better.” The film seamlessly merges these two unique ideas of medicine together, showing us how we can be accepting of other practices, all in the name of betterment. Brisk yet inspiring, Getting To The Point is a thoughtful film. Dove is proud to award it with approval for All Ages.