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An anguished man's search to find a fix during the breaking point of his heroin relapse.

The Story

Ocean Boulevard details the relapse of a heroin addict as he traverses the tourist-riddled town of Myrtle Beach in search for his next fix. Jonathan, the addict we follow, is in constant conflict with his need to use and the drastic measures he must take in order to get high. Along the way, we meet other addicts that Jonathan has met through AA, but have since relapsed.

This short film is inspired by the true events of three individuals who are now in recovery from heroin addiction. Between opening nonprofits, working in prisons, and traveling across the state of South Carolina to share their recovery stories, William, Johnathon, and Bobby have all gone on to do incredible work to help others who are battling addiction.

The Epidemic 

The death toll of the opioid epidemic is the equivalent of 9/11 happening every three weeks. In 2016, 616 fatal opioid overdoses occurred in South Carolina, 101 of those deaths occurred in Horry County alone. South Carolina EMS personnel administered Narcan approximately 6,400 times in 2016 - 1,020 administered in Horry County. 

Heroin use is a major issue not only affecting South Carolina, but our country as well. From the time between 2000 and 2002, heroin related deaths has shot up by 181% in the south, 211% in the northeast, 91% in the west and 62% in the midwest.

The Impact

The unfortunate reality behind the massive spike in heroin use is its still evolving, and the time it will take to reverse it will take decades experts say. There are many ways to start enacting change, but the route I chose was film. By using visuals, my aim for this project is to immerse people in the throes of a relapse to draw out empathy.

Ocean Boulevard won’t end at the credits. This film will live on through you, the viewer, by the dialogue you choose to engage in. We should be able to openly discuss solutions that touch on every facet of the heroin epidemic, whether it be medical, legislative, or educational and hopefully erase the stigma surrounding mental health.

The Visuals

Over time, the style of this short film has evolved from a fantasized depiction of heroin addiction into an authentic and raw point of view; one that places the audience in an experiential delusion. Ancillary to the central theme, is the urban decay of Myrtle Beach. As Jonathan’s downward spiral progresses, we experience the city in the same way through its deteriorating landscape.

The Cast & Crew (so far) 

ZOË MILLER

Director, Writer, Editor

My name is Zoë Miller and I'm a filmmaker from South Carolina. Last year I uprooted from my hometown and moved to Atlanta in pursuit of my passion to tell stories. Growing up with my mom who is a social worker, I have a unique and authentic perspective on the mental health and addiction crisis. Having a background as a documentary filmmaker, I have always been inspired to capture life with a blend of grit and lyricism.

ANDREW MAY

Writer, Producer

From my early years as a daydreamer (still am) to today as a writer, my devotion for storytelling has been my guiding force. After I graduated college, I knew my path would eventually lead to film and luckily that began once I met Zoë. My interest in this project stemmed from my childhood growing up in the “Triangle,” a subsection of north Atlanta with one of the highest percentages of deaths from heroin overdoses.

KODY ZENGER

Director of Photography 

Ever since he picked up his aunt's camera at her studio when he was a kid, Kody has loved making images (preferably on film). His inner compulsion lies in creating. A camera always stays by his side, whether he’s shooting for a job or a personal project. Kody lives with his wife and two kids in Colorado and is on route to NY or LA.

 DAVID FLANNERY

Lead Actor

Originally from Boise, Idaho, now living between Los Angeles and Atlanta, actor David Adam Flannery is known for his roles starring in the smash hit movie about Tupac Shakur ‘All Eyez on Me’ in which he plays Tupac’s first sound engineer and in the Kathryn Bigelow directed, Annapurna pictures produced and distributed, feature ‘Detroit’ in which he plays one of Detroit’s finest.

DYLAN CHEEK

Supporting Actor

Dylan Cheek is an actor known for his roles in Atlanta (2016), Good Behavior (2016) and Pitch Perfect (2012).

Risks and challenges

For this film to be true to the original stories it is based on, we need guns, drugs (fake of course), cars - the works! They all require the necessary licenses and permits which add up quickly. Although we have personally invested in the project, we need to reach our goal of $3,000 to get this project off of the ground. With your support, we will be able to start a dialogue and initiate change during the opioid epidemic.

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