Private Project


After a chance encounter at a liquor store, three addicts begin their respective journeys towards getting clean.

Peter, the young junkie, seeks help from a seasoned veteran addict in recovery. Penny, a high-functioning alcoholic school teacher, navigates the murky waters of secretly drinking on the job. And Joey, a paranoid smack addict, spirals farther down the rabbit hole of heroin-induced mania.

  • Paul Pompa
    Directorial Debut
  • Benjamin J Murray
  • Paul Pompa
    First Screenplay
  • Benjamin J Murray
    Summer in the Shade, Trophy Boy, The Shuroo Process
  • Michael Christensen
    Slappyness, We the Internet, The Shuroo Process
  • Slaine
    Key Cast
    The Town, Gone Baby Gone, Killing them Softly
  • Nathan Wallace
    Key Cast
    Gotham, The Blacklist, Blind Spot
  • Kimberly Michelle Thomas
    Key Cast
    "Penny "
    Bunny and Tai
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  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Paul Pompa, Benjamin J Murray

Ben directs, produces, and films a wide range of projects with the goal to tell each story as truthfully as possible while pushing boundaries into the unexplored. For Ben, no tale is ever too small, and no venture is ever too daunting.

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Director Statement

After overcoming his own battle with addiction, Paul was inspired to make his directorial debut by showcasing the depths those will go to when in its vice-like grip. This film aims to open the door to the conversation surrounding the drug and alcohol abuse epidemic in this country and serve as a sort of catharsis for those looking to get clean.