Private Project

Stoneheart: An Undying Gift

Steve Hilfiker, a heart transplant survivor and father of four, describes his experience facing death, and how his perspective on life has forever changed following the fateful operation.

  • Nicholas Markart
    Director
    Peacekeeper, AV Club
  • Stephen Hilfiker
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Walton
    Composer
  • Stephen Hilfiker
    Producer
  • Nicholas Markart
    Producer
  • Nicholas Markart
    Cinematography
  • Olivia Hilfiker
    Still Photography
  • Max Markart
    Painting
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Drama, Non-Profit
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY
    New York, New York
    United States
    March 18, 2022
    Official Selection
  • American Pavilion - 75th Cannes International Film Festival
    Cannes
    France
    May 23, 2022
    Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • The Daniel Foundation for Organ Donation and Sarcoidosis Awareness
    Distributor
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nicholas Markart

Nicholas Markart's filmography lives somewhere between human rights activism and genre-bending absurdity. He is known for his short documentary, "Peacekeeper", which screened at Cannes International Film Festival, and his horror-comedy, "AV Club", which was featured in 7 Comic Cons across the United States. His education at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts included formal training in all positions on a film set, but his focus lies in writing and directing. After graduating, Nicholas worked on Season 5 of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow", as well as many other film and music video productions.

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Director Statement

This film is very personal to me, as the subject of the documentary is my own uncle, Steve Hilfiker. My mission was to capture his experience facing death in a way that is emotionally immersive for the audience, as well as informative. At some point, everyone has wondered to themselves what will happen after they die. This inspiring film offers insight not only into that curiosity, but also into what makes life so special to begin with.