AWI Short Film Competition


An experimental dance film exploring one person’s abuse of their opioid prescription following the death of their husband, and their eventual attempt to find recovery.

Content heads-up: Movement-based references to use of pills

Director: Lane Michael Stanley

Lane Michael Stanley (he/they) is a transgender director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer, and the co-founder of Secretly Famous Productions, along with Lowell Blank. Their award-winning debut feature film ADDICT NAMED HAL played at festivals including Austin Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Dances with Films. Their short film UNTIE played at Outfest, Toronto Short Film Festival, aGLIFF / Prism Film Festival, and more. Their plays have been produced and developed by 19 theaters in 8 states and Australia, including The Barter Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, and Island City Stage. They have been a commissioned artist and/or fellow with Lambda Literary, Ground Floor Theatre, Art with Impact, and coLAB Arts. They completed their MFA in Directing at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, please visit and

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