Christine Lee Ortoll, Feb. 17, 1994 - Nov. 2, 2020

ONE SECOND AT A TIME is a high-profile documentary film on the history of addiction and of recovery told through the story of Christine Ortoll, a young woman who fought, and ultimately lost, a ten-year battle with mental illness and opioid use disorder.

Christine’s struggle is told from her own journals and by those who supported her, including family, close friends, addiction treatment providers, mental health clinicians, and behavioral therapists.

Father Mike Ortoll also shares the lessons he learned in seeking help for Christine’s dual diagnosis in over 20 recovery facilities.  He finds his life’s purpose founding a charity in his daughter’s name and exposing the dangers of mental illness, substance use disorder and the lethality of fentanyl via the country’s top experts.


Watch the opening scene for 'One Second At A Time'

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To reduce substance abuse by destigmatizing the disease of addiction via education and our initiatives so we can save lives!

A: Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for 18-45 year-olds in the USA
The Christine Ortoll Recovery Organization’s mission is to provide mental health & substance use education to primary schools, expand college recovery programs, and reform the existing insurance treatment model. By addressing fundamental weaknesses by involving all stakeholders including payors (both public & private insurer), communities, teachers, parents & medical professionals can work together to reduce an epidemic.


Directed & Produced by veteran producer John Corry (FORKS OVER KNIVES, THE MINDFULNESS MOVEMENT, THE BOWDEN DYNASTY). 

Cinematography by Tim Searfoss

Film Editing by Paul Belanger

Kim Ortoll, Mother of Christine Ortoll 

Mike Ortoll, Father of Christine Ortoll 

Grace Collins, friend of Christine Ortoll 

Mackenzie Parrish, long term friend of Christine Ortoll 

Robin Piper, CEO of Turning Point of Tampa Recovery Center, Clinical Director LMHC, MCAP, NCC, CCTP. Board Member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) – treated Christine several times 

Michael Kittay MD, Harvard University trained Psychiatrist with specialty training in addiction and medical psychiatry. Certified by the American Board of Addic­tion Medicine. Provided Medications for Opioid Use Disorder to Christine.

Lucas Fleming, Esq, Criminal Defense Attorney and Former Prosecutor helps clients with mental disorders find treatment instead of incarceration. Attorney with Christine Ortoll’s Marchman Act.

Lana Schneidt, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional (CAP),Christine Ortoll’s Behavioral Therapist.

Jane Dwyer Lee, Teaching Professor at the Florida State University (FSU)- College of Social Work, in recovery and professor at the College of Social Work. Chelsey Shore, Graduate Assistant, Collegiate Recovery Program at FSU, in recovery and leads the LIFT College Recovery Program.

Jared “Flash” Gordon, Mixed Martial Arts fighter, in recovery and providing service work for those afflicted with the disease of substance use disorder.

Robby Graham, in recovery and owner of a successful faith-based, plant-based restaurant in Tampa, FL.

Jim Clark, Provost FSU), Former FSU Dean of College of Social Work, has been a great supporter of our project with all the appropriate resources at FSU. Heather Flynn, clinical psychologist, Professor and Chair at the Florida State University College of Medicine in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine FSU leading effort to provide effective treatment and improved outcomes for addictions and mental health.

Rick Kearney, Tallahassee business leader and philanthropist “The Dwellings” a sustainable housing solution for individuals who are financially, socially, or insti­tutionally disadvantaged.

Patricia Born, Professor of Risk Management and Insurance of the FSU College of Business Discuss use of risk data & analytics to determine outcomes.

Lloyd Sederer, M.D. Psychiatrist, Author, Adjunct Professor Columbia University School of Public Health, and former Chief Medical Officer for New York State Office of Mental Health, former Medical Director & Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Assn and led mental health responses to 9/11, Project Liberty. Discuss treatment solutions for addiction.

Michael Sheehan, psychiatrist, researcher, addiction medicine specialty, Medical Director of Operation Par and Principal Investigator in NIDA funded research programs in addiction treatment. Discuss use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder.

Lawrence Dennis, Professor of FSU’s School, and former Dean of the FSU College of Communication & Information.

Stephen McDowell, interim dean of the FSU College of Communication & Information Discuss research in various areas, such as health and risk.

Amy Hecht, Vice President for Student Affairs at FSU- provides leadership & vision for student experience at FSU.

Angela Chong, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, FSU, leading the health and wellness matters for student.

Mike Lee, in recovery and shares AA history.

Carrollwood Day School – annual alumni girls soccer game- honored Christine as she went to school there from elementary thru high school and played on their soccer team.

Sigma Chi Fraternity Leadership Council Kurt Weres and Jorvis McGee – discuss the benefits in our fraternity leading a national effort in supporting college recov­ery programs (CRPs) at every secondary school.

Kristina Canfield, Masters Education – Exec Director at Association of Recovery in Higher Education (AHRE) -in recovery Discussed their support in having the Greek Community assist in serving their cause in creating healthy CRPs.

Andrew Ranzino, Chair of National Foundation for Collegiate Recovery (NFCR), Board Member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Treasurer of Association of Recovery for Higher Education (ARHE) and former founder & CEO of Coalition Recovery – an experienced finance & healthcare executive/entrepre­neur, who will share his expertise in recovery-related businesses and his passionate volunteer work in this industry

Lyle R. Fried, CAP, ICADC, CHC- Advisory board member for Alliance for Addiction Solutions (AAS), Former CEO, The Shores Treatment & Recovery and former chair of Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) – a seasoned recovery executive & volunteer, who will share his acumen in all areas of addiction treatment; as well as share his advocacy work with government at the local, state, and national level. In addition, he will share his experience in serving 35 police departments around the country to improve their understanding of addiction & mental health; to develop and promote diversion programs that provide treatment in place of incarceration.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – NIDA is the leading federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and its consequences. They have provid­ed much support with researchers and resources. Our film will also cover NIDA’s imagery of the effects of drug use on the brain, especially with adolescents as the brain is developing and more vulnerable to long-term damage.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) – mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Oversees public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation, including Substance Abuse.

William Vick – consultant regarding prison gang and addiction/recovery life on the streets 

Alyna Uhl – long time friend of Christine Ortoll) .


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