Addict Named Hal

An Independent Feature Film
by Lane Michael Stanley


The Story


When young, privileged Amy is sent unwillingly to a recovery house by her mom, the connections that she makes with everyone who lives there - including Hal, a recently incarcerated heroin addict - have intense consequences. This film explores the everyday struggles, joys, and horrors of getting clean.

ADDICT NAMED HAL is inspired by the real-life experiences of writer/director Lane Michael Stanley, who lived in a halfway house for drug and alcohol recovery for 6 months following the sudden death of their fiance in 2016.


Project Status


Addict Named Hal started as a 10-minute, one-man play performed by David Shoemaker in March 2017 at Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10x10, where it won Audience Favorite.

Our team then developed Hal into a short film, which shot in May 2018 and was completed in January 2019.

We are now making the feature film as an independent production. We believe in this story and its urgency, and are determined to bring it to national audiences on the big screen.

News & Updates



The short film “Addict Named Hal” will show at the REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY in October and November 2019.

Hal is currently casting! Click here for the full casting call.





Lane Stanley (Writer/Director) is a director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, as well as one of the Founders of Cohesion Theatre Company. Lane has won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor's Individual Artist Award. They were featured in the New York Times and USA for their direction of a grunge-era, gender-bending Hamlet. Their short film “Welcome Baby Anderson” showed at the Transforming Cinema Film Festival in Sheffield, UK, and is now available on their website. They have also co-directed the films “Marigolds” and “After You.” They are currently pursuing their MFA in Directing at the University of Texas at Austin. For a full portfolio, please visit www.lanemichaelstanley.com.


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Lowell Blank (Producer) has over twenty-five years experience in all aspects of the motion picture business serving as a producer and executive on both Hollywood studio and independent productions. From 1995 to 2003, he was President of Director Andrew Davis’ Chicago Pacific Entertainment, where he was responsible for operations, including overhead, project and talent deals, hiring and supervision of staff, and managing a post-production facility in Santa Barbara, California, used by filmmakers including Mr. Davis, Robert Zemeckis, Stephen Sommers and Luis Mandoki.

Blank has served in various producing capacities on both independent and major studio feature films including, THE GUARDIAN, COLLATERAL DAMAGE, A PERFECT MURDER, CHAIN REACTION, STEAL BIG STEAL LITTLE, and BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. He has also produced commercials, documentaries and other projects.

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Thane Swigart (Producer) recently adapted the screenplay for EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS, based on the NYT’s best-selling novel by David Guterson, starring Mira Sorvino and Tom Skerritt, filmed on location in Washington State in June 2019 and currently in post-production. He has developed projects with directors Jean-Jacques Annaud, James Foley, Olivier Megaton, Tony Kaye, Dominic Sena, Mennan Yapo, Joe Lynch, Zhang Wei, and Ryuhei Kitamura.



John David (Director of Photography) is in his last year of a film production MFA from the University of Texas. He has worked as a motion picture cameraman for many years, but came to UT to really focus on story, both as a director and a cinematographer.  He's seen addiction in different forms affect loved ones in his life, and is very proud to help visualize a story about this universal human struggle. John David is originally from North Carolina, raised by Argentine parents, and considers New York and Austin the closest things to home.



Delena Bradley (Production Designer) is a third year Costume Design MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. She joins UT from Chicago, where she spent five years working and freelance designing costumes and scenery for theatre and film. Most recently, Delena has done production and costume design for Addict Named Hal (short film by Lane Stanley), designed costumes for DRT Transcendence, Fall for Dance (UT Theatre and Dance), Jeremiah (short film by Kenya Gillespie, Cannes, Outfest), Jungle Book Jr. (E.D.G.E of Orion Theatre), and Mercury in Retrograde (film by Michael Glover Smith). Previously she has worked as the resident designer for Forget Me Not Theatre Company (Chicago, IL), costume assistant at Drury Lane Theatre (Oakbrook Terrace, IL), sticher at Utah Shakespeare Festival, and stitcher/wardrobe at Illinois Shakespeare Festival.