NEW YORK, NY — “Shooting Heroin,” starring Scotch Plains-based actor Garry Pastore, took home three of the top awards at the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival this past weekend: Best Supporting Actor (Pastore), Best Director (Spencer T. Folmar) and Best Picture. 

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. The film is one of the first major motion pictures dealing with the opioid epidemic. 

“I was totally blown away by this incredible honor of getting the award for Best Director at the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival,” Folmar posted on the “Shooting Heroin Facebook page. “Such a total surprise and kindness. My main passion and drive in life has always been telling stories that matter — this film encapsulates that calling and this award confirms that dream. Thank you to my incredible cast and crew.”

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“Shooting Heroin's” all-star cast includes: Cathy Moriarty (“Raging Bull”), Alan Powell (“Quantico” TV series), Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”), Nick Turturro (“NYPD Blue”), Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (“Welcome Back Kotter”) and Pastore (HBO’s “The Deuce”).

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