I made mistakes. But we never ceased to laugh at silly little things until we ended up clutching our sides.
– Heart Beats by Savina Chen
In September 2014, CJ McGillivray was cast as a lead role in a short film produced by the Vancouver Film School. Heart Beats was directed by Savina Chen with cinematography by Cesar de Alba. The film was shot on location in the beautiful Stanley Park along with scenes in a lovely suburban home and an isolated hospital room.
In the contemporary romance, CJ McGillivray plays the leading role of Abby opposite Alex Crusafon Pont in the role of her boyfriend, Aden. Abby loves unconditionally and effortlessly with an essence of sweet sincerity, similar to the romantic female archetype seen in many classic films. The story turns shockingly heartbreaking when Abby is diagnosed with a fatal heart disease. She makes an effort to live every moment in the present but the experience nearly destroys Aden as he cannot handle seeing her suffer.