Horror short film by Kevin Sluder

Based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart."  An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience.

Writer/Director:  Kevin Sluder
Starring: Stacy Synder

Producers:  Rachel Ferrell, Jose Luis Gonzalez 

Executive Producers: Kevin and Jennifer Sluder

Composer: Steve Moore

Cinematographer:  Mike Testin

Editor: Matt Mercer

Production Designer:  Rachel Ferrell

Cast: Stacy Snyder (Shelby Lattimore), Joanna Sotomura (Clare McKaskill), Matt Mercer (Deano Ross), Blaine Vedros (Brandt Childress), Ron Morehouse (Tripp Flynn), Melody Melendez (Admin)


Constellation Films in association with Sunshine Boy Productions

Writer / Director

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Kevin Sluder, Writer / Director / EP

Kevin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures.  He began his career as Director of Development with Esperanza Productions.  Soon after, he began screenwriting full-time, specializing in medium-budget sci-fi and low-budget horror.  A Nicholl Fellowship Semi-finalist and two-time Script Pipeline top 20 finalist, Kevin received a Tracking-Board “Recommend” for his script, The Memory Sphere, in 2014.  He subsequently placed on the 2014 Young and Hungry List, naming him as one of the industry’s top 100 “Screenwriters on the Verge”.

In 2015, Kevin founded Sunshine Boy Productions and produced his first short film, Play Violet for Me, with producer/director Matt Mercer.  In 2017, Kevin stepped behind the camera or his directorial debut, the horror short Heartless.  He is aiming to make his feature directorial debut with his horror
feature, Until Death, in 2019 which is a finalist in NYC Horror Film Festival.

Cast / Crew


Mike Testin, Cinematographer 

A Los Angeles based filmmaker. Studied Directing and Cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School. Combining a crippling fear of working a 9 to 5 job and a love of film, Mike went about looking for adventure in the glitz and gutters of Hollywood. 

Mike's directing credits include "Dementia", which was a New York Times Critic's Pick of the Week, and the upcoming "Browse". Recent cinematography credits include Get the Girl, Contracted, Contracted: Phase II, Wolf Mother and a variety of television shows on History, Discovery, H2, and Weather Channel networks.


Starring Stacy Snyder (Shelby Lattimore)

Stacy graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from Chapman University Magna Cum Laude with Theater Honors. Currently, Stacy trains with Berg studios and is in the Advanced Studies program for improv at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). Stacy is an actor of bold imagination and quirky innocence.

Stacy has graced the screen and stage across the U.S. and is currently writing and co-starring in the comedy webseries Girls Sport Center For Men.

She starred in the Musical feature Triple Threat, horror flick Abandoned Dead, and as the uptight bridesmaid in The Big Day .

Theatrically, Stacy put her acting and dancing chops to the test playing Luciana in the hilarious and well-received run of Comedy of Errors. She learned Silks (aerial acrobatics) for her role in the musical Little Mermaid, and participated in the Hollywood Fringe Festival originating the role of Kelly in Ghost Light, which was remounted to a sold out run. Recently, Stacy originated the role of Carly in Speak Now, which is now in production as a feature film.

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Jose Gonzalez and Rachel Ferrell, Producers

Jose is a producer known for Get the GirlTail, and You or a Loved One. Rachel is a graphic designer and has created promotional materials for The Sound of SettlingSpeak NowFeeding Time, and You or a Loved One. Together, they produced The Sound of Settling and Feeding Time.

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Matt Mercer, Editor / Lead Actor (Deano Ross)

As an actor, Matt has appeared in over 40 films, including Beyond the Gates, The Mind’s Eye, The ToyboxAll the Creatures Were StirringDownward Twin, and Madison County.  A few years ago, Matt began stepping behind the camera.  He produced and starred in the hit horror feature Contracted (IFC Midnight).  The film garnered a sequel, Contracted: Phase II (in which Matt returned in the lead role).  Matt has also directed and edited several shorts including the award-winning Feeding Time, and the features You or A Loved One and Dementia Part II.  More of his work can be found at www.rubricpictures.com.

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Steve Moore, Composer

Producer, film composer and recording artist with release on Cuneiform, Future Times, Kompakt, L.I.E.S., Mexican Summer, Spectrum Spools, Relapse and many more. Film Credits include Cub, The GuestThe Mind's Eye and Mayhem. Guitar, bass and synthesizers in Miracle and Zombi. f/k/a Gianni RossiLovelock.

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Joanna Sotomura, Supporting Actor (Clare McKaskill)

Joanna Sotomura was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is known for her work on Hawaii Five-0 (2010), The Good Place (2016) and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016).




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Blaine Vedros, Supporting Actor (Brandt Childress)

Blaine Vedros is an actor and writer, known for Viral Bound (2015), Mainline (2017) and Space Hospital (2007).


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Ron Morehouse, Supporting Actor (Tripp Flynn)

Born in New Jersey, Ron is a classical Stage actor who has appeared Off-Broadway and in many of the countries leading regional theatres. He is a company member of Theatre of Note in Los Angeles where he has been seen in many award winning productions. He holds a BFA from the University of Southern California where he is the recipient of the Aileen Stanley Memorial award.

Production Stills

Behind the Scenes