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
Production Dates September 20 2010 - May 8 2011
Shoot Dates November 13/14 2010
-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)
Awards Nominated Best Composition Action on Film International Film Festival 2011
Content Violence, Coarse Language, Rated 13+
-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.
"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 honored 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 Theater 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. Bost, fan
JASMINE MOONEY- Lena
SHELDON TROSKO - Aston
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
ZACHARY KROGER - Editor
BORIS MARTINS - Assistant Camera
JEFF MEAGHER - Assistant Camera
NEVA GLASS - Still Photographer/Additional Photography
CANDISE PAUL - Set Decoration/Set Designer
GUENDALINA GIANFRANCHI - Property Master
JACQUELYN ADAMSON - Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist
MALIN SJOSTROM - Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist
CHRISTINA DIETTERLE - Costumer
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
CURTIS NICKERSON - Sound Editor
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
SILLYCOD PROD - Casting
CALLOW INSURANCE - Production Insurance
ICBC - Vehicle Insurance
KITSILANO COMMUNITY CENTRE - Casting Location
PACIFIC BACKLOT - Equipment
PROVISION - Equipment
VANCOUVER EXTENDED STAY - Shooting Location