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Synopsis: She loves him. He loves her… and heroin.

With their cool truck, mixtapes, cute apartment, and inside jokes, Michaela and Daniel appear to be a fun and happy couple. And they are when Daniel is coherent and Michaela isn’t finding drug paraphernalia in the bedroom.

Desperate to make the relationship work and convinced she can beat Daniel’s substance use, Michaela finds an addiction specialist in another state. Daniel agrees to go but gets high on the way. Michaela realizes the road to recovery is bumpier than she thought and she’s along for the ride.



Run Time

14 minutes


Danielle Thorpe (Michaela)
Wes McGee (Daniel)
Milan Anderson (Girlfriend)
Alex Alcheh (Boyfriend)
Robert Almodovar (Flower Guy)

Directed by

Stefanie Black

Produced by

Kelly Bumford

Edited by

Diana Fishman


Sara Garth

Director's Statement

Falling in love is easy. It’s staying in love that can be complicated. As we crash our lives into another’s we take on their successes and their challenges. Some challenges might prove tougher than others, but it takes true courage to stand by your partner in the face of real darkness. We face an ever-growing opioid crisis in the United States, as well as an abysmal approach to mental health. So many are left to slip through the system and take matters into their own hands. But what about the loved ones of those people? The ones who choose to stay and fight for them, each day, as they try to fight through their demons. There is a common trope in storytelling, the zoom in on the darkness and hopelessness of these stories. “Addiction is deadly, Addiction destroys all it touches.” But, there is another side to addiction that most people don’t see. Hope. The hope to overcome, the hope to find your way back. Heroin(e) in Love is an honest love story at its core. A relationship that has hit a wall, but not one it hasn’t hit before and most likely, will be one they face again. This is a story about a relationship that wants to survive, despite its challenges. Call me an optimist or even an idealist, but I really believe that in the darkest parts of ourselves, what makes us human, is our ability to find hope, as difficult as it may be, we are drawn to the light. And it’s that journey to the light that I am the most interested to explore in this film.

Director's Bio

Stefanie is an actor, writer, and director originally from Allentown, PA. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, an alumna of The Williamstown Theater Festival and American Conservatory Theater (ACT). She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Ovation Award Winning, IAMA Theatre Company. As a director, her first feature film, “Adult Interference,” which she co-wrote and co-directed was distributed by Gravitas Ventures in 2019 and can be viewed on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and SVOD. Her second feature is currently in pre-production, to be shot in late June 2021. Stefanie is a proud member of Film Fatales. Her short films have played festivals and won awards all over the United States and Canada. She directed the 2017 ABC Discovers Talent Showcase in Los Angeles. As a writer, she was a semi-finalist for the NBC Comedy Playground. Stefanie currently has several projects in development for television and film. As an actor, she has recurred on such shows as SCANDAL (ABC), MAKING HISTORY(FOX), HOUSE OF LIES (SHOWTIME), and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS); as well as appeared on THIS IS US(NBC), CASUAL (HULU), AHS:1984 (FX), GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC), MIKE AND MOLLY(CBS), PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC), RIZZOLI AND ISLES (TNT), and many others. She resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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