The STORY

 
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Letters to Liam is an inspirational expose documentary that follows MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his wife Mishel Eder as they navigate life and attempt to change the mentality and laws surrounding drinking and driving after the tragic loss of their fifteen month old son Liam.

Only ten months after Liam’s death, Mishel is preparing to give birth to their second son, Nico, and although this is a light at the end of a dark tunnel, they are still dealing with the loss of Liam. Marcus deals with this in the only way he knows how, with an aggressive pursuit of change that is fueled by the fighter within.

For Marcus, this mission includes world record attempts, social media campaigns, publishing a book, media appearances, speaking engagements, and intense professional MMA fights to raise awareness and promote Liam’s Life Foundation - the nonprofit they started just days after Liam’s death. With Mishel by his side, Marcus fights relentlessly to create meaning from the senseless loss of his son.

On their path to raise awareness and educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, Marcus & Mishel discover that in order to make real change in Liam’s name, and reach their goal of bringing alcohol-related fatalities to zero, they must battle a billion dollar food and alcohol industry that spends millions every year to keep the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) while driving at .08 - even though the research suggests that lowering the BAC while driving to .05 would save thousands of lives per year.

With their new baby Nico in tow, and with unwavering determination, Marcus and Mishel meet with lawmakers, politicians, and expert researchers - gathering an incredible team to aid them in their fight. After Marcus closes out a long professional fighting career with a dramatic MMA fight in his home town of Gothenburg, Sweden, the family travels to Washington D.C., in an attempt to confront one of the most notorious lobbyists in America; Rick Berman, A.K.A. “Dr. Evil.”


From the incomprehensible pain of losing a child, to the euphoria of bringing a new life into the world, Letters to Liam explorers the ability of the the human mind to overcome even the greatest of obstacles. Through Marcus, Mishel, and the friends and family that surround them, we experience their tragedy, joy, and resilience from a unique and intimate perspective. Featuring gripping MMA fights, courtroom scenes, world records attempts, and expose-style documentary journalism, Letters to Liam delivers a heartfelt, compelling, and entertaining look at an ongoing problem that tears at the fabric of American culture.