Addict Named Hal explores the everyday struggles, joys, and horrors of getting clean.
When young, privileged Amy is sent unwillingly to a recovery house by her mom, the connections that she makes with everyone who lives there - including Hal, a recently incarcerated heroin addict - have intense consequences.
Addict Named Hal is inspired by the real-life experiences of writer/director Lane Michael Stanley, who lived in a halfway house for drug and alcohol recovery for 6 months following the sudden death of their fiance in 2016.
Hal started as a 10-minute, one-man play which won Audience Favorite at Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10x10. Our team then developed Hal into a short film, which will show in Los Angeles and New York City this October/November as part of the REEL Recovery Film Festival.
This is a story that needs to be told now, and we are taking matters into our own hands to make the feature film as an independent production. Addiction affects countless families, and overdose deaths from heroin have quadrupled in the last five years. Representation, understanding, and resources for this community are long overdue.
Addict Named Hal is a deeply personal, raw, honest story. We are portraying the reality of addiction - the beautiful, joyful, kind parts right alongside the ugly, messy, horrible parts. For Lane, being in recovery is a huge gift as well as its own trauma, and the fullness of that experience lives in this film.
While many films and television series chronicle the difficult relationships addicts and alcoholics face with their families, few films show the healing, joyful, and challenging relationships addicts and alcoholics have with each other. These friendships often form the basis for successful long-term recovery.
Using a naturalistic approach, this window into the lives of addicts in early recovery will help those who have not experienced addiction understand how difficult recovery is, especially in the early stages. Our story explores how addiction intersects with race, class, past incarceration, gender, and trauma. We hope that this film will allow addicts to see themselves represented, and help create more empathy with the real human lives portrayed, and inspire addicts and their families to seek treatment without stigma.
While forging a path of accessibility, equity, and inclusion throughout our process, our producers are committed to making Independent filmmaking more accessible for first-time filmmakers and historically underrepresented groups.
Because you know someone whose life has been impacted by addiction. Maybe it’s you, your parents, your child, friend or co-worker - but we’re sure you know someone.
Because you believe in accessible cinema from underrepresented voices.
Because this is the start of something big.
Representation leads to compassion. Compassion leads to better laws and resources for the people who so desperately need them.
Being a part of the community of this film means being in community with people in recovery and their families as they try to change their lives.
And of course, because we have PERKS! We are offering digital downloads of the film, set visits, keytags, hats, posters, consultations, and more.
We are raising $22,000, the minimum amount needed to complete principal photography for Addict Named Hal. This $22,000 covers equipment, locations, lead actors, and lead crew. Many of our actors and crew will be donating their time and artistry in order to bring this story to life. If we are successful in raising funds beyond the $22,000, we will use those funds to pay more of the cast and crew. The writer/director and producers are receiving no upfront fees.
We are seeking additional funding sources to cover post-production and increase the number of cast and crew we can compensate for their time; from you we are asking for the absolute essential amount we need in order to bring this story to the big screen! If we raise less than our goal amount here, we cannot make the movie. Every single dollar donated to this Kickstarter is absolutely essential and will end up on the screen, helping us to make a better film. We want you to be part of our process and part of our vision!
NATALIE L'AMOREAUX (Amy) is a recently graduated high school senior. Credits include lead roles in the films 3301 and June, and featured roles in So You Wanna Make A Movie and a Date From Hell, a short thriller. She is also a stage actor with a strong background in Shakespeare.
RAY ROBERTS (Hal) is an actor currently residing in Austin, Texas. From 2011-2015 during his tenure at Western Kentucky University, Ray achieved multiple collegiate competitive acting awards which included 3 National Championships, and 10 top 6 finishes. He was seen on stage with Trinity Street Players in The Tiny Banger as Dope Fiend (2018), and will be playing Drew in the upcoming Horror Short Film, Bewere (2019). Ray can also be seen as the supporting actor in the Webisode Series, Roomies, which has been nominated for Best Comedy film in the 2019 Austin Micro Short Film Festival.
DANIELA VIDAURRE (Tony) is a bilingual actress and dancer with a Psychology degree. Known for taking on challenging, unusual roles, she embraces projects that push her to dig deep into the human experience. When she isn’t acting, she loves to star gaze, sing karaoke, attend concerts, and spend time with family and friends.
DONATO DE LUCA (Rich) is an Austin based actor. He enjoys playing characters that explore the contradictory and complicated aspects of human nature. He strongly believes that acting and film are healing arts that illuminate what it means to be alive and struggle. He is incredibly grateful to be a part of the “Addict Named Hal” Team.
LANE MICHAEL STANLEY (Writer/Director) is a director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, as well as one of the Founders of Cohesion Theatre Company. Lane has won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor's Individual Artist Award. They were featured in the New York Times and USA Today for their direction of a grunge-era, gender-bending Hamlet. For a full portfolio, please visit www.lanemichaelstanley.com.
LOWELL BLANK (Producer) has over twenty-five years experience in all aspects of the motion picture business serving as a producer and executive on both Hollywood studio and independent productions. From 1995 to 2003, he was President of Director Andrew Davis' Chicago Pacific Entertainment, where he was responsible for operations, including overhead, project and talent deals, hiring and supervision of staff, and managing a post-production facility in Santa Barbara, California, used by filmmakers including Mr. Davis, Robert Zemeckis, Stephen Sommers, and Luis Mandoki.
THANE SWIGART (Producer) recently adapted the screenplay for East of the Mountains, based on the NYT's best-selling novel by David Guterson, starring Mira Sorvino and Tom Skerritt, filmed on location in Washington State in June 2019 and currently in post-production. He has developed projects with directors Jean-Jacques Annaud, James Foley, Olivier Megaton, Tony Kaye, Dominic Sena, Mennan Yapo, Joe Lynch, Zhang Wei, and Ryuhei Kitamura.
JOHN DAVID DE VIRGILIIS (Director of Photography) is in his last year of a Film Production MFA from the University of Texas. He has worked as a motion picture cameraman for many years, but came to UT to really focus on story, both as a director and a cinematographer. He's seen addiction in different forms affect loved ones in his life, and is very proud to help visualize a story about this universal human struggle.
DELENA BRADLEY (Production Designer) has done production and costume design for Addict Named Hal (short film by Lane Stanley), and designed costumes for Jeremiah (short film by Kenya Gillespie, Cannes, Outfest), Jungle Book Jr. (E.D.G.E. of Orion Theatre), and Mercury in Retrograde (film by Michael Glover Smith).
Company headshots by Ashton Bennett Murphy.
Risks and challenges
Independent filmmaking comes with very real challenges, and money is not the only factor in making a successful feature film. Our team has a wealth of experience in both studio and independent production. Our development and preproduction process began in earnest in January 2019, and we have taken full advantage of the many resources the Austin film community has to offer. We are leveraging resources from the University of Texas, the Austin School of Film, and more in addition to our community and audience support.
One major challenge we face is that Lane is a first-time feature filmmaker, and it is even more difficult to make your first feature film. We believe that we will have more success in grants for post-production than production because with a rough cut in hand, we have proven our ability to make the film. The funds from this campaign will get us through production and to a rough cut where we can apply for additional funding from institutional sources.
Lane was the Founding Artistic Producer of Cohesion Theatre Company from 2014-2017, overseeing 10 mainstage productions, a 6-week festival of staged readings, 8 workshops, and 3 special projects. In that time, they became well-versed in dealing with unexpected circumstances and within limitations. With Lane's producing experience, as well as Thane and Lowell's industry experience, our team is confident we can take on the challenges of a feature film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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