The Attic

While working her babysitting job, Amanda quickly learns to never get between a boy and his monster movies.

  • Matt Sullivan
    Director
    Sobrevivo, Trout Creek, Don't be a Bear, Desperate Measures, Sick
  • Matt Sullivan
    Writer
    Trout Creek, Desperate Measures
  • Matt Sullivan
    Producer
    Sobrevivo, Trout Creek, Don't be a Bear, Desperate Measures, Sick
  • Amanda Durante
    Key Cast
    Don't be a Bear
  • Nicholas Orchanian
    Key Cast
  • Massimo Imbrogno
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.9:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • May Day Film Festival
    Evansville, IN
    United States
    May 21, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Scare LA
    Pasadena, CA
    United States
    August 7, 2016
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indiana Short Film Festival
    Danville, IN
    United States
    October 8, 2016
    Indiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Upstate NY Horror Film Festival
    Rochester, NY
    United States
    October 14, 2016
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Post Mortem Film Festival
    Catrina
    Mexico
    October 25, 2016
    Mexico Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Paura Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror
    Valencia
    Spain
    January 20, 2017
    Spain Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cleveland Concoction
    Cleveland, OH
    United States
    March 1, 2019
    Ohio Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Shorts in the Fall
    Lehighton, PA
    United States
    October 20, 2018
    Pennsylvania 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 Matt produced and directed "Sobrevivo," a short that has played in several film festivals and won "Best Zombie Film" at the NY Scary Movie Awards. Matt currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of LMCTV.

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Director Statement

I was inspired to write and produce "The Attic" while I was in my parents' attic, helping decorate the house for Halloween. Ever since I can remember, my father and I were crazy about Halloween; when I was a child, we would make a "haunted house" in the basement and I would invite all of my friends to come over and we would do our best to scare them. That love of scaring people never died. I take great pride in the fact that as filmmakers, we have the unique ability to affect our viewers and play with their emotions. The days of making a "haunted house" with my Dad live on in this film.