LATEST COMPLETED WORK
GROWING UP TWICE: SHAPING A FUTURE BY RELIVING MY PAST
Available in E-Book, Soft Cover and Audiobook formats.
Winner: LGBT Best Book Award San Francisco Book Festival (2017)
Winner: General Non-Fiction Award- Beach Book Festival (2017)
Winner: General Non-Fiction Award - New York Book Festival (2017)
Book of the Year Award Finalist - Foreword INDIES (2016)
An 'Indie Books to Discover' -- Kirkus Reviews (2017)
"Spellbinding!" - Readers' Favorite Reviews (2017)
"This is a raw, honest, and inspirational memoir. . . a story that is powerful and heartfelt, and certain to appeal to a wide variety of audiences." - Clarion Reviews".
". . a beautiful job. . . full of engaging personalities, sometimes monstrous and sometimes beautiful, which make the story hard to walk away from. . . Douglas' compelling story moves toward a conclusion that's a genuine testament to his tireless dedication to his Little Brother." - Kirkus Reviews
a true story about the transformative power of unconditional love
Growing Up Twice: Shaping a Future By Reliving My Past is a story of what happened when a 44-year- old gay guy met a 12-year-old Latino boy. It's a book about my experience mentoring through the Big Brother Big Sister program. Through our journey, nine years in the making, I laughed, worried and cried. Would Rico join a gang? Would he be able to graduate?
Rico mostly hid his emotions, but sometimes they broke through, blowing me away with their force. He yearned for a father figure and I did the best I could—staying inside the box of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Everyone told me that my job was to be someone who listened—but Rico needed more. He needed a father, a mentor, a brother, and a friend.
Watching Rico grow up was heart-wrenching. He often reminded me of my own teenage failures and disappointments. Through our years spending time together, Rico allowed me to see my past in a less judgmental way.
In the end, each of us came to realize how much we had changed each others lives for the better, forever.
Veer - Feature Documentary (2009) [Associate Producer]
Narrated by Matthew Modine, this documentary examines many of the more unusual and eccentric aspects of Portland's world-famous bicycle culture.
Directed by: Greg Fredette
Produced by: Greg Fredette, Jason De-Parrie Turner.
The Man You Had In Mind (2008) [Co-Producer]
The story of five male couples in Portland, Oregon. Dubbed and rebroadcast internationally multiple times in Germany, Russia, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Telly award-winner.
Directed by: Jim Tuchschmidt.
Produced by: Jim Tuchschmidt, Elaine Miller, Aaron Kirk Douglas
Monster Camp (2007) [Producer]
My first (and most popular) feature documentary with director Cullen Hoback. Monster Camp has screened at over 40 festivals around the world and been awarded "best documentary" at 4 of them. It received the Audience Award at Cinequest and is distributed by Gravitas Ventures through a plethora of video-on-demand outlets.
"As endearing as it is amusing." -- Variety
Directed by: Cullen Hoback
Produced by: Aaron Douglas Enterprises LLC, Hyrax Films
Freedom State (2006) [Producer, Co-Creator]
After the apocalypse, a group of mental health patients have inherited the Earth. Armed with a short bus and imagination, they must rebuild society and find the edge of the world.
Directed by: Cullen Hoback
Produced by: Aaron Douglas Enterprises LLC
2006 Class Project: Interview With My Father (1930-2013)
The lighting and sound are pretty awful, but my dad is pretty hilarious in this 10-minute piece. I picked out the nuggets of his lifetime of wisdom to share with you.
WORK IN DEVELOPMENT
Spaced Out! The Alien Abduction Musical
(Ongoing Development) [Co-Creator, Lyricist]
A fame-seeking TV guy and a socially deficient cameraman are sent to uncover the secrets of the Beacon, an alien-worshipping cult led by a madman with three wives who believes the extraterrestrials are returning to save him and his followers. Meanwhile, our heroes must unravel a sinister plot to overthrow Earth's population and save the human race. This project is a grant recipient from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.