The film was shown at several of last year's film festivals, including the Gotham Independent Film Awards, where it was a finalist. It is directed by Devin's brother, Doug Dearth. He spent three-and-a-half months filming in Tianjian, China, where Devin participated in a comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program that included frequent acupuncture treatments. 9000 Needles tells a inspiring story of how Devin's family and local community helped to embrace the acupuncture solution that offered their loved one the most benefit. Doug Dearth says he hopes the film will improve perceptions and accessibility of acupuncture in the U.S.