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Michael Venn


Michael is a director and producer whose background in music led him into the film world. He made his writing and directorial debut in 2010 with the short film “Dark Scribbles”, which premiered in the short film corner at the 2010 Festival De Cannes and was an official selection at film festivals across the country. In 2012, Michael went on to produce and co­-direct the award winning feature documentary “In Danger of Being Discovered”. In 2014, he wrote and directed a series of 4 music videos for the Grammy Ballot nominated singer/songwriter Lizzy Marella. Michael’s latest project is the feature documentary film “The Heroin Effect”, inspired by the opioid crisis that is currently plaguing the United States. He was nominated for a regional Emmy® at the 39th Boson/New England Emmy Awards for the PSA “It’s Time. Let’s Talk.” And most recently Michael won the New Hampshire Filmmaker of the year award at the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival.

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.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Heroin Effect to Premiere on iTunes and PBS

Portsmouth, NH/Boston, MA Wednesday October 3, 2018 — The documentary film The Heroin Effect will be available on iTunes starting on Friday October 5. Now accepting pre-orders at a discounted rate –

The Heroin Effect will premiere on PBS in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine on October 4 at the following times:

New Hampshire PBS 9 pm

Maine PBS 10 pm  

Vermont PBS 7 pm  

Please visit for information on additional broadcasts.

Every day 144 people in the United States die from heroin and other opioid overdoses, and every day, others take their first steps to recovery. Using a small New Hampshire community as an archetype for the many suburban communities devastated by the opioid crisis, The Heroin Effect follows people and families affected by addiction, shows what successful recovery can look like, and advocates for a health care system that recognizes addiction as a treatable disease.  Dean, Sandi, and Eric have battled addiction and share their journey to long term recovery. Daniel, in the midst of a crippling addiction, shares his video diary to serve as the most personal of warnings. The Heroin Effect is a story about the power of community and how those in recovery are leading the battle against opioid addiction.

The Heroin Effect is directed by Michael Venn and produced by Karlina Lyons. The story is inspired by the national opioid crisis, a crisis that has touched each of them personally.

Source:  Community is Greater Than Heroin, LLC and Distribber

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