Editor’s Note – Introducing “Comeback” on Opportunity Lives

Opportunity Lives is proud to release the trailer for an extraordinary new seven-part miniseries called “Comeback” that tells inspiring stories of real-life Americans overcoming adversity in our nation’s cities and communities. The complete series will be available on March 17.

At OL, we’re focused on solutions and “what works.” That’s what Comeback is about. The film, which is a feature-length documentary from start to finish, highlights what’s working in some of our nation’s most troubled communities. What works is people caring for people one-on-one and walking with them through their journey of redemption and restoration.


Over the course of the next few days we’ll be introducing you to some of those people. You’ll meet men like Greg Bradford who overcame addiction with the help of his friend and mentor Paul Grodell (both featured in the above poster). You’ll meet more people like Greg and Paul as we release trailers for each episode until the full series is available on March 17.

Comeback is, in part, the culmination of a journey U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, former candidate for Vice President and current Chairman of the House Ways of Means Committee, took of civil society groups under the guidance and direction of Robert Woodson, Founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Joining Ryan and Woodson was the talented director and videographer Clare Burns of Calabur Productions.

Even though this project was convened by a policymaker, you’ll see very little about politics and even less of Paul Ryan. Ryan’s goal, as he discusses in the film, isn’t to lift up any politician or party but the people – the heroes – doing the work.

The trailer concludes with this important – and provocative – question and comment from Woodson:

“What do you think is the answer to poverty? Well let me show you what I saw.” 

OL is honored to show you these stories and grapple with a question that affects all of us, regardless of where we live.

John Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Opportunity Lives. You can follow him on Twitter @johnhart333.