Marine Captain Kalani Creutzburg battles with suicide, homelessness, prescription drugs, and depression until he finds a way back toward wholeness with a new mission to guide his civilian journey.
Divorced, suicidal, and homeless, Marine Captain Kalani Creutzburg experiences transformation through emotionally authentic healing circles. Kalani attends a Healing Warrior Hearts retreat in Milwaukee, WI., then uses his introduction to “healing work” to uncork his long bottled-up feelings and guide him toward a new mission in life – serving homeless Veterans. Back home in San Diego, he organizes his own circle of support with fellow Veterans. Finally, to fulfill his vision of establishing a permanent home for homeless Veterans he undertakes a brutal 225-mile trek to raise money to buy a working ranch.
Kalani’s pursuit of personal growth, working to move as far away as possible from his dark closet, took him into new ventures. After successfully starting the Cammies & Canines nonprofit, he went from helping the homeless to now building homes. Kalani started a for-profit company called ADU Geeks which is a network of professionals helping homeowners build tiny homes in backyards (ADU is short for Accessory Dwelling Unit). He orchestrates architects, draftsmen, contractors, and realtors to work together under one goal: helping homeowners build wealth by streamlining the financing, designing, permitting, building, and leasing phases of constructing an ADU. The one-stop-shop he’s created for homeowners isn’t entirely about ADUs though, for Kalani it’s also about creating job opportunities.
Kalani knows he’s not entirely out of the woods yet with regards to his PTSD. He continues to work with the VA regularly and attends all his follow up appointments. On February 3, 2020, Kalani learned that he suffers from alcoholism and has been working with the VA regularly to address the issue. As of June 15, 2020, Kalani is 133 days sober, has a sponsor, and is actively working the 12 steps. We’re very proud of Kalani’s successes. We understand and appreciate that his achievements could not have come without his fierce willingness to battle his inner demons.
A major talent in American filmmaking. All his work is imbued with power, intelligence, social concern, and utter dedication.
Frederick is a man of integrity; his word is his bond. He is a man who cares about lives; his stories go beyond entertainment to impact. He is a man of significant creativity; he uses his talent to make a genuine difference in the world.
My hope is that people who watch [Veterans Journey Home] take away a deeper understanding of the American Veteran, who we are as a collective, and a greater sense of how to speak to us as a population.
Thank you Frederick for clarifying a simple solution for just about every wrong in our planet. Backed with multiple lifetimes worth of expert knowledge, Rites to a Good Life presents us an opportunity for getting our world back on track. The work is critical for our survival. Will we do it?
Filled like a banquet with rituals, stories, medicines, quotes and models, recipes for genuine growth and transformation... Rites to a Good Life is a call for us all to reflect on our own personal journey and its place in the culture and cosmos around us.
Frederick Marx has written a touchingly intimate account of love, loss and healing. Losing a loved one is something most everyone faces at some point in life. At Death Do Us Part shows the possibility of navigating through this journey with consciousness, understanding and an open heart.
Mr. Marx shines a light on a place and a way of life that are rapidly changing.
Most people know Frederick Marx from Hoop Dreams, Journey From Zanskar, and other fine films. They probably don't know that he is a longtime student of dharma, an ordained Zen priest, and a gifted writer exploring the terrain of the human heart.
AT DEATH DO US PART is a true love story, on the plane with Joan Didion's YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING and Joyce Carol Oates' A WIDOW'S STORY. Heart-breaking. Heart-healing.
This book is one's man's story of love, loss, and realization; actually it is a story that many of us know or will know. Heartbreaking, beautiful, intimate, challenging... This is a book we should all read.
The Steven Spielberg of documentary filmmaking.
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