Scotch Plains-Based Director Garry Pastore Hosts Screening of Award-Winning Film, “DESTRESSED,” to Benefit POAC’s Autism Shield Program on Saturday, July 12

July 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Garry Pastore, actor, director, and founder of Willowcreek Entertainment, will host a screening of “DESTRESSED,” his award-winning docu-dramedy at The Strand Theater in Lakewood on Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m.  

The event will raise money for POAC, which provides recreational and support services to children with autism and their families. Specifically, a portion of the proceeds will benefit POAC’s Autism Shield Program implemented to train law enforcement and first responders for instances when an autistic child goes missing.  It currently has a 100 percent success rate.

Attendees will include actor Vincent Piazza, best known for "Boardwalk Empire" and the recently released, Jersey Boys along and additional celebrity guest from "The Sopranos" and "House of Cards," Al Sapienza.  For information and ticket sales, visit www.strand.org or www.destressedfilm.com.

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DESTRESSED tells the story of a man whose STRESS levels place him in the hospital in grave condition. After much soul searching and another chance at life he embarks on an amazing and often hilarious journey to search for his ZEN.

Garry Pastore is the director and producer of the film, which took home Best Picture and Best Home Grown Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City in April. Pastore also has appeared in over 50 supporting roles during his 35 year career.  Most recently, he has appeared in Rob The Mob, Bluebloods, and the new FOX SERIES, Gotham.

In 2012, Pastore was nominated for a 2012 SAG AWARD for his contributions to the mega–hit, The Dark Knight Rises and has been a recipient of the ensemble Emmy Award for his work on the hit show 30 Rock. His directorial debut film, WAITING FOR ...BUDD (2009) won multiple awards during the 2010 Film Festival Circuit, including Best Director and Best Picture at the NYIFF and SIFF.

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