The new documentary film The Long Way Back was written by Todd “Z-Man” Zalkins and directed by Richard Yelland.  
The film is a rare look into the complex world of Sublime, told from Zalkins’ perspective. As a childhood friend of Eric Wilson, Bud Gaugh, and Bradley Nowell, Zalkins had a front row seat to one of the most important eras in Long Beach music history. 
In the documentary Zalkins recounts his early days with his friends long before there was any notoriety and millions of records sales worldwide. He painstakingly lays out their journey together as a group of wily boys growing up in Belmont Shore, up through the band’s epic journey to stardom, the painful aftermath that ensued after Nowell’s traumatic death, and the ultimate healing he obtained after battling a 17 year long drug addiction.
Todd Zalkins appearing as the “rapist” in Sublime’s video for ‘Date Rape’

Addiction and recovery are subjects Zalkins addresses in his podcasts and autobiography Dying for Triplicate. According to Zalkins, in his Z-cast he discusses “everything from music to addiction and recovery, including heartfelt and hilarious interviews with friends and peers who have inspired him along the way.”  You can find episodes of Zalkins’ Z-cast here: and order a copy of his autobiography here: 

If you are a Sublime fan the documentary has enough never before seen insider testimonies and archival footage worth getting excited about. However, the real takeaway of the film is Zalkins’ powerful stories of redemption and success. 
The Long Way Back screens tonight at The Art Theatre 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814. Showtimes at 5:30 pm and 8pm. Tickets available here:

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Jewell Faamaligi

Jewell Faamaligi is an arts and culture activist affiliated with several nonprofit organizations in Long Beach. She also serves as the Downtown Council Area Representative for the Long Beach Music Council.

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