"BEST OF FEST"
NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
"DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR"
LOS ANGELES DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Initially intended to be a weight loss documentary, what is captured instead is a raw and intimate portrait of a family dealing with addiction, a wife coming to terms with her inability to change the person she loves, and a tragically flawed comedian breaking down during one of the last years of his life.
In 2015, filmmaker Cat Rhinehart set out to make a weight loss documentary on the beloved comedian Ralphie May. As she spent the year filming Ralphie, his wife and two young children, it became clear the larger-than-life comedian had no intention of losing weight. Ralphie’s wife, fellow comedian Lahna Turner, slowly began to realize her husband wasn't going to change, and no amount of pressure from her, nor past health scares he’s had, could compel Ralphie to do so.