Our approach

Our team

Michael Venn


Michael is a writer, director and producer whose background in music led him into the film world. He made his directorial and writing debut in 2010 with the short film “Dark Scribbles.” Michael went on to produce and co-direct the award-winning feature documentary film “In Danger of Being Discovered” in 2012. In 2014, he wrote and directed a series of music videos for singer/songwriter Elytta, who is now placed on the Official Ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy. In 2015 Michael began production on his latest project “The Heroin Effect” inspired by the epidemic that is currently plaguing the New England community where he and his son reside. The idea for the documentary was born after having a chance encounter with an old friend who confided in him about his struggles with heroin addiction. That combined with the current headlines about rapidly increasing overdose deaths, both locally and nationally, inspired Michael to tackle this issue. Most recently, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the PSA, “It’s time, let’s talk” about the heroin and opiate crisis.

Karlina Lyons


Karlina has 20 years of experience in domestic and international media production, with a career focus on educational programming for children and families. She began her career as a producer’s assistant at Cinetel Films in Los Angeles in 1996. In 1998 she relocated to New York City where she spent eight years in the International Production Department of Sesame Workshop. In 2005, Karlina returned to her native New England where she became a consulting producer for the Cambodian Educational Media Initiative (CEMI), a partnership between WGBH and the global NGO World Education. Her work with CEMI included producing Cambodian versions of “Sesame Street” and “Peep and the Big Wide World.” In recent years, Karlina has turned her focus to documentary and feature film production. Recent credits include “Angkor’s Children” (2014) and the award winning films “Only Daughter” (2013) and “In Danger of Being Discovered” (2011). Karlina also serves on the New Hampshire State Film Commission and received an Emmy for her work on child abuse awareness PSA in 2014. Karlina lost a sister to heroin in 2005.

Michael Bernard

Post Production Supervisor

Michael Bernard has over 25 years of creative production and post-production experience in network and Internet commercial advertising as well as corporate marketing films. He has worked with some of the most prominent, media-savvy companies including Nike and Reebok working in the Film and Video departments. Michael is the principal owner of FUEL Creative, and was the editor on several award winning films including THE POND and ROCKETSHIP.



Direct Donations

For direct donation, checks should be made payable to “Community is Greater Than Heroin LLC” and mailed to:

The Provident Bank
21 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

NOTE: Checks must be payable to “Community is Greater Than Heroin LLC” and NOT “The Heroin Effect.”

Provident Bank

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