Dark Hearts

A look into the lives of a couple whose child has gone missing. After living with the disappearance of their only child for months, they have no choice but to move on with life. But when ladybugs appear, Kelly believes it's a sign her daughter is still alive. Her husband isn't so quick to believe. One clings to the last bit of hope she has, the other is at his wit's end. Both hoping for a miracle the next time the phone rings.

  • Kevin Van Stevenson
    Director
    The Hurt, On The Brain, Baby Girl
  • Eileen Grubba
    Key Cast
    "Kelly"
    Watchmen, Bones, Sons Of Anarchy, SWAT, Criminal MInds
  • Brian Gleason
    Key Cast
    "Sean"
    Crazy Heart
  • EIleen Grubba
    Writer
    Take My Hand, Living Hell, Family Affair, What About The Boy?, Baby Mama Drama
  • Tim Majka
    Writer
    Novelist
  • Eileen Grubba
    Producer
    Take My Hand, Dead End Drive, Sleeping With The Bear, Shelter Skelter: Comedy Under Quarantine
  • Kevin Stevenson
    Producer
    Baby Girl, Love Lost, On The Brain
  • Brock Waidmann (mentored for disability inclusion)
    Producer
    Family Affair, Space Junk, When Death Comes To Visit
  • Rhonda Waidman
    Producer
    Family Affair, Space Junk, When Death Comes To Visit
  • Judy Goldsworthy
    Producer
    Take My Hand
  • Nannette D'Aquila
    Producer
    Take My Hand, Living Hell
  • David Zimmerman (Executive Producer)
    Producer
    Dead End Drive, Dark Hearts, Space Junk
  • Nick Nelsen
    Composer
    Dead End Drive, Dark Hearts
  • Joe Taranto
    Editor
    Monty & The Dunaway Furnace, Space Junk
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Idyllwild International Film Festival
    Idyllwild, CA
    United States
    Worldwide Premiere
    WINNER: Indie Spirit Award - Short Film Drama, WINNER: Mary Austin Award for Best Female Producing Team. Nominations: Best Featurette, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Original Score, Mary Austin Women's Producing Award, Best Cinematography.
  • London International Web & Shorts Film Festival.
    London
    United Kingdom
    UK Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
  • 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    Official Selection
  • Canadian Diversity Film Festival

    Award Winner - Best Thriller Short Film
  • Crown Wood International Film Festival

    Winner - Best Short Film
  • Best Cinematography Award

    WINNER - Best Drama Short Cinematography
  • Paris Play Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    April 3, 2021
    Paris
    WINNER - Best Short Film Drama
  • Your Movie On TV Festival
  • Best Female Actress Award

    WINNER
  • Vienna International Film Award
    Vienna
  • Revelatio Film Festival
  • Rosarito International Film Festival
    Rosarito
    Mexico
  • Kalakari Film Festival
  • ISAFF
  • American Golden Picture International Film Festival
    Jacksonville, Florida
    WINNER: 1- "Best Fiction Short" 2- "Best Directing" 3- "Best Lead Actress" 4- "Best Lead Actor"
  • Vegas Cinefest International Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
  • International Shorts
  • 2021 ARFF Berlin // International Awards
    Berlin
    Germany
  • Yard Film Festival
  • Venice Shorts
    Venice
    Italy
  • Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival
  • Big Sur Film Festival
  • Wallachia Int'l Film Festival
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival Dark Hearts November 1, 2021 In Consideration Honorable Mention Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival Dark Hearts November 1, 2021 In Consideration Honorable Mention Thessaloniki Free Short Festival Living Hell May 8, 2021 In Consideration Honorable Mention Crown Wood International Film Festival Dark Hearts March 14, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner 7th Rosarito International Film Festival Dark Hearts April 29, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner American Golden Picture International Film Festival Dark Hearts April 1, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Golden Nugget International Film Festival Dark Hearts June 20, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Green Mountain International Film Festival Dark Hearts January 1, 2022 In Consideration Award Winner Pacific Beach International Film Festival Dark Hearts July 1, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner 6th Logcinema Theatre on Films Dark Hearts April 16, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Anatolia International Film Festival Dark Hearts May 21, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Dark Hearts January 1, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Canadian Diversity Film Festival Dark Hearts February 27, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Rocky Mountain International Film Festival Dark Hearts April 20, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Mumbai International Film Awards Dark Hearts April 20, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Best Cinematography Award Dark Hearts March 27, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival Dark Hearts May 7, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner INDO FRENCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Dark Hearts April 9, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Golden Harvest Film Festival Dark Hearts May 23, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner SASEE FILM AWARDS Dark Hearts May 5, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner 2022 Salt House Creative International Film Festival Dark Hearts June 7, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival Dark Hearts March 31, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner SASEE FILM AWARDS Living Hell May 5, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner World Cine Fest Dark Hearts April 13, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Paris Play Film Festival Dark Hearts March 27, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) Dark Hearts November 10, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Black Swan International Film Festival Dark Hearts April 27, 2021 In Consideration Award Winner Your Movie On Tv Festival Dark Hearts March 26, 2021 In Consideration Finalist Best Female Actress Award Dark Hearts March 27, 2021 In Consideration Finalist Thessaloniki Free Short Festival Dark Hearts May 8, 2021 In Consideration Finalist Under The Stars International Film Festival Dark Hearts December 16, 2021 In Consideration Finalist Best Indie Film Award Dark Hearts March 27, 2021 In Consideration Finalist Mile High International Film Festival Dark Hearts June 15, 2021 In Consideration Finalist 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival Dark Hearts February 28, 2021 In Consideration Finalist Florida Shorts Dark Hearts June 20, 2021 In Consideration Semi-Finalist London International Web & Shorts Film Festival (UK) Dark Hearts March 5, 2021 In Consideration Semi-Finalist Revelatio Film Festival Dark Hearts April 6, 2021 In Consideration Semi-Finalist Vienna International Film Awards Dark Hearts March 14, 2021 In Consideration Selected 6th Logcinema Art Films Dark Hearts April 9, 2021 In Consideration Selected kalakari film fest Dark Hearts May 1, 2021 In Consideration Selected Toronto Film Awards Dark Hearts May 16, 2021 In Consideration Selected kalakari film fest Dark Hearts May 1, 2021 In Consideration Selected )||( - ISAFF Dark Hearts March 27, 2021 In Consideration Selected Phoenix Shorts Dark Hearts April 7, 2021 In Consideration Selected L'HOSPITALET- BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Dark Hearts August 1, 2021 In Consideration Selected Athens Marathon International Film Festival Dark Hearts June 15, 2021 In Consideration Selected The Tylerman Film Festival Hosted by Cantigny Park Dark Hearts August 9, 2021 In Consideration Selected LA Shorts Awards Dark Hearts May 8, 2021 In Consideration Selected Anatolia International Film Festival Dark Hearts May 21, 2021 In Consideration Selected Short Film Slam, Presented by The Madlab Post Dark Hearts April 16, 2021 In Consideration Selected
Director Biography - Kevin Van Stevenson

Kevin Stevenson is a Los Angeles native and an award winning filmmaker. He loves the great outdoors, small indie cinemas, and has a passion for storytelling and photography. With 8 years behind the camera as a Cinematographer, Kevin is filming his third feature film Cuddle Buddies. Earning his degree in Film and Electronic Arts, he has worked for various media companies creating original content for TV and film. Owner of Goreella Media LLC, he has made a nice home in East Los Angeles where he lives with his wife,baby, a cat, and a dog.

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