Pizza is a lifestyle, proudly declares Brian Dwyer, the owner of a popular Philadelphia pizzeria. But his life is about to change drastically, when his newborn son, Waldo James Mysterious—whose massive size and conspicuous name are mentioned on the local news—is diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer at only six months of age. There’s something wrong with Waldo, you can hear family members saying on recordings shown in the documentary by Tommy Avallone. The film’s executive producer is none other than Whoopi Goldberg. When chemotherapy starts to take its toll on their child, Brian and his wife turn to their last resort: medical marijuana. CBD oil smuggled by Waldo’s father from California seems to help the boy, and experts—including the famous Dr. Dina, who works with Snoop Dogg, among others—confirm that it is safe. But his parents have to explain their controversial decision at every turn, including to their own family.
Tommy Avallone is an American actor and director from New Jersey. After the teen comedy Community College, he directed the documentary I Am Santa Claus, which he followed up four years laterwith The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man—a film viewers of the American Film Festival are already familiar with—about the legendary actor and comedian. His next film, Waldo on Weed, about a family fighting for their cancer-stricken son, including with the help of medical marijuana, was shown at the Tribeca Festival.
2009 Community College
2014 I Am Santa Claus
2018 Opowieści o Billu Murrayu: człowiek-legenda uczy życia / The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man
2019 Waldo na trawce / Waldo on Weed