LATEST COMPLETED WORK
GROWING UP TWICE: SHAPING A FUTURE BY RELIVING MY PAST
2016 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award Finalist (Winner Announced July 2017)
Selected for the "15 Indie Books to Discover" list by Kirkus Reviews (Publishing in July, 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.