ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Shooting Heroin, starring Scotch Plains-based actor Garry Pastore, has been accepted into the 2020 Garden State Film Festival, which will be held March 25-29, 2020, in Asbury Park, NJ.

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

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

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“It's an emotional movie. It took me to a place I've never been. I knew when I was making the film that it was special,” said Pastore in an exclusive interview with TAPinto. “I played a character who was real, a sheriff in a Mayberry-like town that is besieged with a drug problem. He has to deal with 300 square miles by himself.”

Shooting Heroin is one of the first major motion pictures dealing with the opioid epidemic. 

Founded to celebrate the independent film genre, The Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival®, offers independent filmmakers the chance to exhibit their work and gives New Jersey audiences a chance to experience new, cultural, and artistic endeavors through the medium of film. It is a global destination festival that enhances the quality of life in New Jersey by stimulating economic growth through the arts, investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to undeserved populations, and preserving heritage arts. 

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