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.
James McCaffrey (John)
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.
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.