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A filmmaker who recently made a name for himself with a faith-based movie featuring an abnormal amount of profanities will next tackle America’s opioid crisis in a feature film called Shooting Heroin.
The timeliness of the film, said writer Spencer Folmar, is evident in government statistics that suggest that 175 Americans die every day from an overdose of opioids, which includes heroin and potentially addictive painkillers like oxycodone and fentanyl. President Donald Trump in October declared the epidemic a public health emergency.
Shooting Heroin tells the fictional story of people living in a small town who fight back against the spread of drugs in their community. “It starts as a peaceful fight involving authorities but the drug pushers are walking around like free men, so vigilantes get involved,” said Folmar. “The main character is a recovering addict so [it] has a more gray-area approach to his tactics.”
The movie comes from Hard Faith Films, a production company created by Folmar. Its previous film, Generational Sins, tackled alcoholism, suicide and redemption. It was released by Byron Allen’s Freestyle Releasing last year and was noteworthy for its use of more than 30 profanities — very unusual for a Christian movie.
Folmar says Shooting Heroin will be the company’s first movie aimed also at a secular audience, given that the opioid crisis involves every demographic at every socioeconomic level.
“We’re taking it into the heartland of America and exploring what this might look like in a fictional story,” said Folmar.
Hard Faith is also developing a movie based on Johnny Cash’s The Beast in Me, which Folmar intended to make prior to Shooting Heroin, though he has switched the order because “the opioid problem is so apparent and is so sad,” he said.
Folmar is directing and producing, too. The film is also produced by Mark Joseph, who is producing Reagan, starring Dennis Quaid, and associate-produced Max Rose, the last film to star the late legendary comedian Jerry Lewis.
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