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Synopsis: Mute follows a middle aged woman as she emotionally unloads the details of her husband’s infidelity on a deaf hitchhiker. Mute is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King, acquired through his Dollar Baby program for emerging filmmakers.





Run Time

17 minutes


Cynthia Preston (Monette)
Amanda Richer (Hitchhiker)
Josh Vokey (Detective)
Randy Butcher (Bob)

Directed by

Constance Hilton

Produced by

Cynthia Preston
David Senior Jr.

Edited by

Danielle Jones


Alona Penton-Power

Director's Statement

Mute was a story that I fell in love with while trying to write and build an idea for my first experience directing. Adapting a work felt safe, in a way, because I could tackle something that wasn’t “mine”. And then I stumbled across this short story that just resonated. I loved that it contained complexities in relationships and muddied the waters on who is and isn’t at fault when things fall apart. It also allowed me to ask questions about the people we assume are victims and villains, and how those assumptions can be manipulated. Adaptation subverted my expectations and I ended up creating something that felt more like “mine” than anything else.

Director's Bio

Constance Hilton is a first time director with over a decade of industry experience working as a Boom Operator. Based in Toronto, Canada her credits include the Emmy nominated comedy series Schitt’s Creek and sci-fi thriller Orphan Black. Born and raised near Hamilton, Ontario, Constance graduated from Sheridan College’s Media Arts program in 2007 before beginning her career in film. She currently serves as VP Sound for the Ontario union of film, television and new media technicians, NABET 700-M UNIFOR.

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