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Sobrevivo chronicles the struggles of a woman in a post-apocalyptic world. When April and her boyfriend's safe-haven is compromised, the two must flee and search for a new place to call 'home.' After nearly losing her fight for survival, April in taken in by a trio of strangers. While the world outside of her new home is perilous, she begins to recognize that the dangers existing inside may prove to be deadlier and even more sinister.

  • Matt Sullivan
  • Dena Schumacher
  • Matt Sullivan
  • Dena Schumacher
  • Malcolm Madera
    Key Cast
    House of Cards
  • Nick Fondulis
    Key Cast
    30 Rock
  • Rachel Napoleon
    Key Cast
  • Joshua Everett Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Broussard
    Key Cast
  • Philippe Bowgen
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    horror, thriller
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    17,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Shriekfest Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 4, 2014
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    November 7, 2014
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    Greensboro, NC
    United States
    October 9, 2015
    North Carolina Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Winter Film Awards
    New York, NY
    United States
    February 18, 2016
    Official Selection
  • NY Scary Movie Awards

    Best Zombie Film
  • Rendezvous Film Festival
    Yulee, FL
    United States
    June 5, 2015
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Post Mortem Film Festival
    October 25, 2016
    Mexico Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Ozark Shorts
    Lamar, MO
    United States
    January 15, 2016
    Missouri Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Paura Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror
    Valencia, Spain
    January 20, 2017
    Spain Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan was born outside New York City in New Rochelle, NY on February 9, 1984. From an early age, he began wreaking havoc on his parents' VCR player, wearing out the VHS tapes of both The Goonies and Young Frankenstein. It was no surprise that in high school, Matt gravitated toward the school's television program. It was here that he started to learn linear editing and the filmmaking process.
Matt took his love of filmmaking to the next level when he attended Emerson College in Boston, MA in the fall of 2002. He went on to study Visual Arts with a concentration in film, taking advantage of the school's placement programs where he spent semesters in the Netherlands and Los Angeles. During his time at Emerson, Matt worked on over 40 student films, doing everything from assistant camera, to producer to director. As a student in 2006, Matt produced The Fabulous Felix McCabe, which was nominated that year for an MTV Movie Award. During his last semester at Emerson College, Matt interned for @Radical Media, personally doing script coverage for director Dave Meyers. In May, 2006, Matt graduated Emerson College and moved to Los Angeles where he started work on the game show Deal or no Deal.
He worked on several different reality TV shows until 2007, when he became Production Coordinator on the CW Network's Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight. It was here that Matt learned the many facets of pre-production, production, and post production. Wanting to explore more of his artistic side, Matt changed gears in 2008 and started working in the art department on Fox's hit show 24. It was a goal and dream to work on the show, as Matt was both a fan and in awe of the show's hard edge, seat gripping action and suspense. The seventh season of the award winning show saw Matt working under production designer Joseph Hodges. After finishing the season, Matt went on to work in the art departments of several other award winning shows including Fox's House and ABC's Castle.
But it was ultimately his love of storytelling that steered his professional career when in 2011, Matt moved to New York and accepted the job of Associate Director of a public access television station outside New York City. It was during this time that the filmmaker raised funds, alongside co-worker Dena Schumacher, to produce and direct their short film Sobrevivo.

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Director Statement

The original concept for Sobrevivo was inspired by a location that my co-producer and writer had visited. It was a stage equipment and lighting rental house a few blocks away from the hospital where I was born. She described it as "a magical place" where "time stood still." That's because the top floor of the building was host to an incredible array of stage props, lining the past 40 years of American pop culture. I've always been amazed by the idea of past things losing meaning, only to take on new form in the current day. Maybe it's because that's how we evolve and grow older as humans; things that we write off at first can have meaning and relevance in our lives, right now.
With this location and those concepts in mind, we began to write Sobrevivo. I read the first version of the script on a plane ride back from Germany in January, 2013. I remember looking around at other passengers, wondering if any of them had a clue about the insanity on the page in front of me. It was a complete roller coaster ride and a story in which we watch the protagonist, April, start off as a dependent house wife, only to turn into a self-sufficient woman roaming the world of the un-dead.
Before they became the loved un-dead masses that they are today, zombies weren't always so mainstream. It took having conversations with your friends at the video store (yeah, remember those?!) to realize that your buddy was also popping in VHS cassettes late at night with a bucket of popcorn and smiling as people were torn from limb to limb by flesh eating ghouls.
I remember that as a kid, my favorite part of the week was walking into our local video rental store, Star Video. I was drawn to the glass display case to the left of the check out desk, where all of the glorious and gruesome VHS box art stood just out of reach of my young hands. Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, and Mountaintop Motel Massacre glowed in front of my eyes like a mystical treasure chest. I was infatuated by what these boxes promised; an absolutely beautiful nightmare that picks at the strings of our adrenaline and fear-filled hearts. If I close my eyes and take a deep breath, I can remember the sight of Jiffy Pop and candy, the smell of their old rug, and the grimy, greasy feel of a VHS cassette that passed through so many hands.
Before Facebook LIKES even existed, people actually spoke with each other in person and could recommend a "great flick" to another friend by passing them an actual tape and reading the back for more information. The days of video store horror films may be long gone, but like the props in our first location, their memories and essence still stay strongly intact.
And with those memories came Sobrevivo, a film that like many others I had seen before it, would play a vital role in my life. It has always been a dream of mine to direct a zombie movie. This was my opportunity to join the ranks of other directors whose work inspired me, to maybe have one of those boxes like the ones I was enamored by at Star Video. It's been an incredible amount of work putting this film together. I wish to thank the hundreds of people who made this happen financially, physically, artistically and spiritually. I hope you enjoy this film as much as I enjoyed looking at those VHS boxes in Star Video.