My Heart Can't Beat unless You Tell It To

My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To

61st TIFF: Greek premiere

Dwight and Jessie are at odds over the care of their younger brother, Thomas, who lives off of human blood due to a rare illness. Their appalling task of keeping him alive results in a trail of corpses gradually taking a toll on Dwight, who desperately strives for a way out of this nightmarish vicious circle. A vampire tale of bloodthirsty family love that evolves into an allegory over the acceptance of death and loss.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Jonathan Cuartas
Script: Jonathan Cuartas
Cinematography: Michael Cuartas
Editing: Tj Nelson
Music: Andrew Rease Shaw
Actors: Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram, Owen Campbell
Production: Dualist
Producers: Kenny Oiwa Riches, Anthony Pedone, Jesse Brown, Ian Peterson, Patrick Fugit
Sets: Rodrigo Cuartas
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 89΄
Contact: Visit Films Ryan Kampe

Jonathan Cuartas

Jonathan Cuartas was born and raised in Miami. He studied Cinema and his thesis film, Kuru, was screened at Palm Springs International Shortfest. His most recent short, The Horse and the Stag, took part in Indie Memphis, winning Best After Dark Short. My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To is Jonathan’s feature debut. It received a Special Jury Mention for Cinematography at Tribeca Film Festival 2020.


2013 The Pallor (short)
2015 Twelve Traditions (short)
2017 Kuru (short)
2018 The Horse and the Stag (short)
2020 My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To