More Joy Less Pain is a documentary feature surrounding the life of award-winning journalist and raconteur, Peter Gorman. For the past 25 years, Peter has been leading journeys to Peru and the Amazon jungle. On these trips Gorman shows his guests what it’s like to live in the jungle for a week. He introduces his guests to the ways of the indigenous tribe known as the Matsés. This documentary explores how Peter navigates the two worlds in which he lives: a life in Peru and a life with his family in Texas.


James Michael McCoy (Director, Producer, Writer) is an adventurer, filmmaker, gardener, and naturalist. A 4th generation Texan who grew up exploring the rolling hills of western Jack County in North Central Texas, a place where the Comanches used to roam. He was raised on a farm, and learned to garden and take care of livestock. Without his parents knowing, McCoy watched APOCALYPSE NOW at the age of seven and fell in love with cinema. While attending school in the tiny town of Bryson, with a graduating class of 12, McCoy found inspiration in novelist Larry McMurtry who lived nearby in Archer City, where THE LAST PICTURE SHOW was filmed. Reading McMurtry books helped him dream beyond the pastures and oil patches of Jack County. He graduated from Texas State University with a business degree and went to work in the corporate world as a professional salesman for several years. McCoy taught himself to write screenplays and eventually networked his way onto various independent film projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2015 McCoy met journalist and writer Peter Gorman. Within a year he began filming MORE JOY LESS PAIN, a documentary that chronicles Peter’s family life in Texas and his travels to Peru for the past 35 years. This is McCoy’s first feature film and he is already in development on his next documentary on High Times magazine. He currently lives in Arlington, Texas.

Geoff McGee (Producer, Editor) is an award-winning Producer, Director, and Editor for SpiderCircle Entertainment. He attended the prestigious Festival de Cannes with STRYNGS, a short film he produced and edited on 35mm film. Additionally, he achieved success with his short film NEAL, screening at over a dozen film festivals including South by Southwest (SXSW). He currently has a feature-length narrative film in development and completed editing on the documentary feature, MORE JOY LESS PAIN in 2018. McGee’s knowledge in filmmaking comes from an education at the University of Texas at Arlington, in addition to working for industry leaders such as Panavision and Cinelease. He resides in both Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

Valerie Vande Panne (Producer) is an essayist and an award-winning freelance reporter. She is a former news editor of High Times magazine. Her work appears regularly at In These Times, Next City, and Salon, and has been featured in Bloomberg, Columbia Journalism Review, Politico, and Reuters, among many other publications. Miss Vande Panne is also a contributor (both script and voice) to National Lampoon's Final Edition Radio Hour. She is of mixed-race heritage and travels extensively throughout the United States.

Matt Aslanian (Sound Engineer) has been professionally in audio for over a decade splitting his time between the studio and on location. Starting his career primarily in music production, Matt was a staff engineer at Dallas’ once famed Maximedia Studios logging hours with national acts like Timbaland, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Tedder, & Shakira. Since going independent and forming Aslan Audio in 2012, he provides audio services to the video production industry with clients like Disney, CNN, The Food Network, ESPN, HGTV, and The Dallas Cowboys among many others.

Julian Gil (Colorist) is a freelance Colorist for the Texas motion picture and television industry. His expertise in DaVinci Resolve landed him credits for various short films and the feature films: Prepper, Lady Luck, and Carter High, which can be found on Netflix. He is currently coloring multiple television series for Ride Television Network in Fort Worth and the documentary feature, More Joy Less Pain. Julian resides in Forney, Texas with his family.