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Slow bleed(2011)

Executive Producer Bernard M. Janega

Producers Attila(as Attila Kállai), Cineworks, Matthew Janega

Writer/Director Matthew Janega

Stars Sheldon Trosko, Jasmine Mooney

Genre psychological horror, action

Tagline you'll never trust a pretty face again

Synopsis After kidnapping a man, Lena(Jasmine Mooney) uses her sultry demeanor as well as her rage to make an example of her victim.  Aston(Sheldon Trosko) may need a trick up his sleeve to prevent the worst. Only one thing is sure....  BLOOD WILL FLOW.

Time 9 minutes

Links The Independent Critic, The Cineworks Post

Language English

Location Canada

Production Dates September 20 2010 - May 8 2011

Shoot Dates November 13/14 2010

Release Dates

-Sept 3 2014, internet

-2011, NBC's Channel 4(Los Angeles, California)

-July 28 2011, Action on Film International Film Festival 2011(Pasadena, California)

-August 2 2011, cast/crew/media premiere(Vancouver, British Columbia)


-Nominated Best Composition Action on Film International Film Festival 2011

Content Violence, Coarse Language, Rated 13+




MATTHEW JANEGA - Undercover Officer


BERNARD JANEGA - Executive Producer

MATTHEW JANEGA - Director/Writer/Producer

ATTILA(as ATTILA KÁLLAI) - Producer/Executive Producer/Production Coordinator/Casting Director/Location Manager/BTS Photography

KEVIN KOSTAL - Assistant Director

JORDAN EWAN - Cinematographer/Camera Operator/Colorist


BORIS MARTINS - Assistant Camera

JEFF MEAGHER - Assistant Camera

NEVA GLASS - Still Photographer/Additional Photography

CANDISE PAUL - Set Decoration/Set Designer


JACQUELYN ADAMSON - Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist

MALIN SJOSTROM - Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist


BERNIE YAO - Sound Mixer/Boom Operator

SEAN COX - Gaffer/Dolly Grip

MARIA CUNDARI - Additional Photography/Caterer/Craft Service

OKSANA KOULINITCH - Additional Photography/Caterer

DASHA LEONTYEVA - Additional Photography/Production Assistant/Assistant to Mr. Kállai

MIKE McMASTER - Best Boy/Dolly Grip

MAGALI GAUTHIER - Casting Assistant/Production Assistant

SHAWN DERRICKS - Casting Assistant/Production Assistant

DARREN SUTTON - Casting Assistant/Production Assistant

MARK HOLLIER - Sound Designer


SHELDON TROSKO - Stunt Coordinator/Stunt performer

BRANDON WROBLESKI - Precision Driver/Very Special Thanks

AUSTIN JANEGA - Original Music

REINHOLD POHNL - Original Music

MARKUS SCHMIDT - Original Music

GREG BROWN - Very Special Thanks

MARK CALLOW - Very Special Thanks

PETER CALLOW - Very Special Thanks

DEREK ROALD HALL - Very Special Thanks

SUSAN KELLY - Grateful Acknowledgment

LISA LaBRECHE - Grateful Acknowledgment

PAUL LaBRECHE - Grateful Acknowledgment

NPC TECHNOLOGIES - Executive Production

ATKA FILMS - Production Company/Executive Production/Distributor/Crewing/Casting/Catering/Craft Service

CINEWORKS - Produced with the Assistance of

ACTION ON FILM - Distributor

FLIQIO - Distributor

TVAK - Stunts


CALLOW INSURANCE - Production Insurance

ICBC - Vehicle Insurance



PROVISION - Equipment





"a style that weaves together both a noirish and gothic sensibility into a film that often feels like a cut from one of the Saw films"
-Richard Propes, The Independent Critic



After kidnapping a man, Lena (Jasmine Mooney)  uses both her sultry sexuality and her internal rage to turn her victim, Aston (Sheldon Trosko), into an example. Can Aston prevent the worst from happening? 

As the film's tagline goes "Blood Will Flow," I think we know the answer.  A nearly 9-minute short film from writer/director Matthew Janega and Atka Films, Slow Bleed is nicely photographed by Jordan Ewan in a style that weaves together both a noirish and gothic sensibility into a film that often feels like a cut from one of the Saw films with its exploration of violence and its internal and external justifications. 

While there's nothing in Slow Bleed even remotely as graphic as Saw, the film burns most brightly when Lena, an obviously wounded woman with vengeance in her heart, is building up her emotions and making everyone wonder if she's actually going to strike out at a victim who, for the most part, appears guilty only because of his gender. 

Called upon to be not much more than sexy with a healthy dose of psychotic, Jasmine Mooney exudes the sort of menace that makes you believe she could have taken this character considerably further than she's given the chance to do here. Mooney has a sense of menace about her, yet if you watch her eyes as she's explaining to Aston why he's the recipient of her wrath it's clear that there's so much more going on inside Mooney's Lena. The cast is rounded out by Sheldon Trosko's solid turn as Aston along with Janega's own appearance as an undercover officer. 

While Slow Bleed is filmed in color, the film feels very black-and-white and Candise Paul's set design adds to the film's claustrophobic chills. Slow Bleed played recently at Pasadena's Action on Film Festival, where the film picked up a nomination for Best Composition. Filmed on a modest $4,000 (CAD), Slow Bleed was shot utilizing the Canon 5D and Canon 7D cameras in 16:9 HD. Slow Bleed is a rather straightforward horror/thriller that, nonetheless, displays great promise by its lead actress and provides solid proof of Janega's visual prowess.

Written by Richard Propes, The Independent Critic


"a raw element that is reminiscent of the 70s yet with a contemporary edge"
-The Cineworks Post, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society



ATKA FILMS along with NPC Technologies is proud to announce the official acceptance of their recent short film production ‘Slow Bleed’ into the 7th annual Action on Film International Film Festival (AOF). Founded in 2005, AOF has become one of the fastest growing, high profile festivals in the industry, introducing the AOF channel in March of 2011 on NBC’s Channel 4 in the Los Angeles market. ‘Slow Bleed’ follows Aston Jones as he is kidnapped by the seductive Lena who has a hell bent rage and is intent on making an example out of him. Her torturous ways don’t make for an easy escape, as Aston attempts to gain control of the situation any way he can. “I am honoured and excited to not only showcase but premiere ‘Slow Bleed’ at AOF to an extended and influential audience who I believe will find it both visually arresting and thought provoking,” said Writer/Director Matthew Janega of his directorial debut. Despite nearly missing the audition, Jasmine Mooney secured her role as Lena, bringing intensity to the beguiling character in her first lead. Working as both actor and stuntman – in Canada and the US – Sheldon Trosko was a perfect fit for the challenging role of Aston. A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Director Matthew Janega now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia after attending Vancouver Film School’s Film Production Program. Having grown up with an affinity for the art of film, Janega pulls influence from all genres and brings them together with a raw element that is reminiscent of the 70’s yet with a contemporary edge. Slow Bleed premieres on July 28th in Pasadena, CA at Academy Theatre Six, 1003 East Colorado Boulevard, at 6pm along with a group of other short films and has been nominated for the AOF award for “Best Composition.”

Written by The Cineworks Post, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society



"Thanks, awesome movie. Me and my friends thought it was great."
-Nick L. Boo
st, fan


-First film for Matthew Janega.


-"Slow Bleed, Strange Maiden" was the original title of the film.


-Shot in 2 days.


-Budget was an estimated $4000.


-A Canon 5D and 7D camera were used.


-Shot in Vancouver, Canada.

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