Experiencing Interruptions?

My Soul to Keep

Months after her mother has passed away from an illness, Liz spots her dad meeting a mysterious woman who appears to be attempting to replace her deceased mother. When Liz senses a snake in the water, the two butt heads and a raging fuel is triggered. Things only continue to spiral in an unforeseen direction that leaves everyone involved in an unimaginable situation.

  • Chase Waddill
  • Russell Reed
    Baby Nick - Short Film (2019)
  • Kelly Johnston
    Austin High (Series)
  • Trinity Johnston
    Key Cast
    "Brett Buyers"
  • Brian A. Shorkey
    Key Cast
    "Elizabeth Buyers (Liz)"
  • Stephanie Slayton
    Key Cast
  • Xavier Alvarado
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Mystery, Psychological
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Russell Reed

Russell is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of ViLITE Films, best known for his short films Baby Nick and My Soul to Keep. Baby Nick was selected to screen in several film festivals and received a finalist award, was a Film Riot Short Film Winner, and was featured on Revolt’s annual Short and Fresh release on cable TV in 2019. His first feature film, the crime-thriller Hierarchy, is in post-production and will be completed in 2023.

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Director Statement

It comes to no surprise that mental illness is a monster that has secretly grown in the shadows of denial within our culture. With its wings now flapping loud and proud, it settles in broad daylight seeking for whom it may devour. It seems now that any and everyone is a victim. This beast must be put to rest. My Soul to Keep simply plays its part in furthering an already widely-discussed topic. To attack this, we plan to steal a play out of the monster’s own playbook. My Soul to Keep poses as a tasty suspense thriller that holds a gripping story structure that’ll get consumers interested. Only to secretly sneak into the windows of their souls to reveal the big conflict that has made itself comfortable within our society.
Being a millennial, with other millennial friends and Gen Z family members, I’ve had a front row seat to watching this monster work its way into the lives of my peers.
When more attention is brought to an issue, we tend to focus more on solutions for it. My Soul to Keep serves as an eviction letter to mental illness by presenting one of a thousand scenarios on how it can creep into someone’s life. It sheds light over the importance of staying aware and alert, while conveniently wrapped in an entertaining storyline. For those who either suffer from mental health or parents who are not as aware as they should be over their children.
When the time for press runs and marketing roll around, we are able to pose the question, “Are you paying attention to the people around you?” Along with other thought-provoking notions.
My Soul to Keep is the type of film people will need to watch multiple times. Not only to catch the story elements that were not obvious the first time around, but to also study a scenario of how mental illness uses its devices to creep in without being detected.