SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native Garry Pastore won his second “Best Supporting Actor" award for his role as a beleaguered small town sheriff overwhelmed by the opioid epidemic when he was honored this week for his role in Shooting Heroin at the Garden State Film Festival this weekend.

Pastore won his first award for “Best supporting Actor” for this role at the Hell’s Kitchen NYC Film Festival in January.

Set in western Pennsylvania, Shooting Heroin is the story of a small town community that comes together to eradicate the heroin epidemic from its midst by whatever means necessary. Pastore plays the local sheriff who is faced with battling a drug problem that is killing his citizens and vigilantes who want to take matters into their own hands.

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"I am grateful that Spencer Folmar, the film's director took a chance on me. I replaced Meatloaf, who originally was offered the role, and I am happy that he bailed out," said Pastore in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Two wins definitely adds credence to a role I cherished. Being surrounded by such an amazing cast, it’s nice to finally get accolades from my peers."

Although the win is rewarding, Pastore was denied the opportunity to hear his name called in front of an audience since the Garden State Film Festival was among the many events throughout New Jersey that could not take place because of coronavirus social distancing regulations. Shooting Heroin was scheduled to have a red carpet premier in Los Angeles on April 2, the night before its nationwide release on April 3. The premiere was canceled, but distribution of the film will take place via digital platforms, instead of in movie theaters, as had been planned. 

Related: Scenes from The Red Carpet Screening of 'Shooting Heroin