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HEARTLESS

Based on the classic horror short story, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, Heartless follows Ray Chandler, a low level professional thief who holes up in an old abandoned warehouse after a bank robbery goes horribly wrong. While waiting for instructions from his crime boss, Ira Levin, another member of the crew, Old Man Stanley Ellin, arrives at the rendezvous. Tensions rise as secrets begin to unravel and Ray is tormented by the old man’s evil eye which he hides beneath an eye patch.

  • Christopher Abaya
    Director
    Casing, Mr. Pennywhipple, Shadow Valley
  • Christopher Abaya
    Writer
    Casing, Mr. Pennywhipple, Shadow Valley
  • Christopher Abaya
    Producer
    Casing, Mr. Pennywhipple, Shadow Valley
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller, Gangster, Heist, Suspense
  • Runtime:
    21 hours
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Christopher Abaya

Portsmouth, Virginia native Chris Abaya is a writer, director, editor and producer. He has been creating films and videos since 2005. In 2008, Chris started working for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Shipyard Instructional Design Center (SIDC) as a videographer. He produced training, marketing and promotional videos for the naval shipyards throughout the country and for the Navy Exchange Service Command. In 2016, Chris became the Director of SIDC and today is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the entire division. He supervises 17 employees including 5 Audiovisual Production Specialists, 6 Visual Information Specialists and 3 Instructional Systems Designers/Training Specialists. Chris is also fiscally responsible for a yearly budget of over a million dollars on average from various funding lines within the DoD. Chris’s recent accomplishments include the 2017 Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award for the training video “Team of Winners,” where he served as writer, director, producer and editor. In March, 2018 he screened several of his short films at the luxurious Main hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. Chris recently completed production on “Team of Winners II.” Chris has written and directed several short films including Heartless, Leverage, Red Band and Shadow Valley.

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