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Synopsis: Ryan, a young man fresh off an opiate overdose, is admitted to a treatment center. He rooms with John, a middle-aged alcoholic awaiting trial for vehicular manslaughter. As their desperation mounts over the course of one night, a chance collision alters the course of their lives.

Language

English

Run Time

14 minutes

Starring

Lance Daniels (Ryan)
James McCaffrey (John)

Directed by

Max Clark

Produced by

Ashley George

Composer

Rafael Anton Irisarri

Production Designer

Almudena Caminero

Cinematographer

Frankie Turiano

Director's Statement

3/7/15. At around 3pm my roommate got out of bed to use the bathroom. He found me collapsed by the toilet. I wasn’t breathing. After some deliberation, my friends called 911. I was rushed to a nearby hospital and, thanks to a shot of Narcan in the ambulance, I woke up. A lot of people didn’t. There were 52,404 opioid-related deaths that year.

So, I was alive, but for what? Doctors told me I’d almost died. My family was horrified. None of it mattered. All I could do was stick to the cycle that had worked for me for so long. Feel bad, use, feel good, feel bad. Within a couple hours I was asking my friends to sneak booze into my hospital room. Within two weeks I was stealing opiates from my mom’s purse. Confused and ashamed, I had reached bottom. It was there that I met John.

This film is for him.

Director's Bio

Max Clark is a writer/director based in NYC. He has a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago and is starting an MFA in Film at NYU in the fall. Lodestar is his first short.

Production Year

2020

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