My name is Manny Mendez and I have been in recovery for 9 years and 2 months! I came from a hopeless state of mind and now have produced 6 documentaries on recovery and addiction, wrote my own book, and became a published author. These are my greatest accomplishments! A low point for me was looking back and realizing I had done nothing with my life. I had destroyed everything and hurt everyone I love. Today I host “THE ART OF RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL & ART EXHIBIT” every year in order to raise awareness and give other creative minds in recovery a place to express and showcase their work. All this, while raising money for organizations to continue the work they do in the community.