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Synopsis: Amy is sober, happy, and connected with a firm handle on her addiction. There seems to be nothing in her way…



Run Time

5 minutes


Becca Kotte (Amy)
Joey Krulock (Matt)

Executive Producer

Brian Gallagher

Edited by

Mauro Giuffrida


Jason Prezant
Mauro Giuffrida

Director's Statement

Trapped is not simply for those of us who struggle with substance use, it’s for all of us who feel trapped sometimes. Hopefully Trapped will help all of us relate better to one another, recognizing and relating to the feeling and experience. This film helped my mother stop asking me “Why can’t you stop drinking?” and finally move our conversation forward to “I see you, I love you, I’m with you.” Our hopes are that this film can do that for you and your loved ones as well.

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

Alex Kaplan, a Philadelphia native and LA transplant, was trained as an actor in the University of Miami’s conservatory, and transitioned to a career behind the camera as a producer and director for the past decade.

Today, Alex is the Co-founder & Executive Director 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.

After surviving his own battles with addiction, Alex recognized the power of story as a tool in his recovery, and found an exciting way to use his filmmaking experience to help others on their paths of overcoming struggles of shame & isolation.
The biggest thing he learned on his journey is that his issue was far less about using substances than it was about WHY he used substances; It was about shame, isolation, a fear of not belonging and a fear of not being good enough.

Alex and his co-founder Brian Gallagher built Of Substance to help us all recognize that we’re not alone in these feelings and to positively transform people’s relationships with themselves, others, and their beliefs in what’s possible.

Most importantly, Alex is now a proud husband, supportive member of his family, and a friend on whom others can lean, having risen from his struggles with addiction and refusing to give up.

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