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Synopsis: Newly sober and an absolute wreck on his first blind date, Kappy has to use every tool at his disposal when a bottle of wine comes into play.



Run Time

13 minutes


Katie McClellan (Katie)
Alex Kaplan (Kappy)

Directed by

Brian Gallagher

Written by

Brian Gallagher

Executive Producer

Alex Kaplan

Edited by

Sam Molloy


Matt Mahoney

Director's Statement

We’re so afraid to be vulnerable and show people who we really are and what we’re going through. We’re afraid to share our struggles and the things we think are our weaknesses, worried that if we do we will not be accepted by others.
First Date humorously explores that universally relatable feeling of shame and the wondrous deep connections that can occur when we take off our masks and courageously show people who we truly are.

Thank you from all of us at Of Substance, where we’re turning movies into an approachable and captivating tool for healing, growth, and behavioral change.

Director's Bio

Brian went to rehab on his 18th birthday. His experience there sent him on a life-long quest to understand human struggle as deeply as possible. He went on to study peer-counseling and team building, eventually receiving a Masters degree in Social Work and teaching at Temple University while also running a violence-prevention program for teenage boys in Philadelphia.

In 2006, Brian decided he wanted to become an actor and for over a decade he has been acting, writing, directing, and producing full-time.

While collaborating with Alex on a short film in 2017, they learned about their shared history with addiction, and soon discovered that a greater purpose was being laid out in front of them – to combine their unique set of skills and hard-won wisdom to help make addicts and their loved ones feel more connected, understood, and supported through the power of film.

Today, Brian is the Co-founder of Of Substance, an innovative non-profit revolutionizing addiction and mental health treatment, education, and support, using premium entertaining short films as a tool for deeper healing, growth, and transformation.

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