This is a deeply personal story drawing from my own experience following a traumatic accident. It deals with the anger and resentment that builds up in someone who has been hurt, and explores the guilt and pain felt by someone who has brought suffering to a loved one.
Inclusion StatementThis story deconstructs stereotypes around traditional forms of masculinity, forcing its characters to grapple with the barriers to intimacy in their lives--exploring what it means to truly be there for one another.
About The Project
About the Project
BOUND is a short film that explores the guilt, anger, and resentment that arises between two brothers in the aftermath of a traumatic accident. This story takes place over the course of one full day as we follow the brothers through their newfound predicament; both of their lives have been turned upside down, and only through confronting their past, can they truly be there for one another.
In the summer of 2011 I was 19 years old. I was traveling alone in a rural corner of Northern Spain when I was in a horrible climbing accident. For the next 24 hours, I was transported between three hospitals before confirming the good news: no surgery was necessary. In the end, I was left with a crushed vertebra and a doctor's warning not to travel for a few weeks--minimum.
I felt that the responsibility of the accident was on my climbing partner. We had only known each other for ~48 hours and I had all the reason in the world to think him trustworthy. A communication error and lapse of concentration on his part nearly cost me my life. And yet, fresh out of the hospital with nowhere else to turn, I took up residence in his home and found myself in the care of him and his friends for weeks.
This short film is inspired by my experience depending on the person who I deemed responsible for my pain. It has become a story of dealing with physical trauma, and through that journey, being forced to face the deeper trauma of an estranged relationship. It is a story of healing, and of exploring what it means to truly be there for someone you care about.
This project is made possible through many generous donations, of time and equipment. I am investing my own savings in over 25% of the total budget. From hiring a qualified crew to feeding people on set to securing a comprehensive insurance policy to our distribution and festival plan--I will be joining in the collective effort to support and finance this film project.
Christian is a successful architect and artist. After moving away from his hometown and out to Los Angeles, he has made a new and abundant life for himself. He is self-involved, having poured himself into his new life and left his family and all the problems that come with them behind.
Daniel is a college student with a perennial chip on his shoulder. He has a dark vision of the world--a world in which nothing ever seems to go his way. On his winter break from school, he decides to make a visit out to see his brother. Having not seen Christian in several years, Daniel wants to rekindle some kind of relationship.
This is Christian's story, told through the eyes of his younger brother Daniel. The way that we make this film, from the set design to the lighting, is in service of the story we want to tell. We begin with Christian, exploring his guilt and turmoil before turning to Daniel's feelings of confinement and desperation. Their inner worlds and suppressed feelings come out, calling years of built-up resentment and forcing a reckoning. This film explores the relationship between two siblings--a relationship that is never chosen but is inevitable. It is a relationship that can feel at once so close and at the same time so distant.
Sadernes, Spain: The site of my accident.
At the airport in Barcelona after three weeks in the care of this man, Eduard. Dishelved and in desperate need of a haircut, I'm happy to be well enough to fly. I'll never forget sitting in the baggage claim area in LAX and seeing my parents walk through the sliding doors together. I felt so guilty for the torment I had put them through and I felt beyond grateful to be back home.
Just a few days back in the United States, one of my best friends surprised me, wheeling me through the streets of Hollywood and taking me to see one of my favorite bands.
Finally back home at my parents' house, I took great comfort in my full-time nursing assistant, Mr. Brody.
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About This Team
Colin Rosemont holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Documentary Film from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Reed College. He is currently in production on a feature-length documentary, Unearthed. Working alongside archeologists and tribal members alike, this documentary traces fragmentary tribal histories in Southern California, looking toward contemporary practices of language revitalization and cultural reclamation as a means of reconnecting to place.
His foundation in cultural anthropology and documentary film has informed the way he looks at stories, as vital to the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. He is committed to telling character-driven stories and building intimate worlds that both reflect and challenge our social and political climate.
His first feature film, co-written with Kyle Baker, is in the early stages of development.
Petros Antoniadis -- Director of Photography
Petros is the Grandson of the noted painter and photographer Petros Vlahakis, who introduced him to paintings and art at an early age.
Following this exposure, Petros became obsessed with pictures and moving images and at the age of 10 he decided to become a film maker and shot his first live action film The poor man who became rich.
By the age of 14 Petros had completed 2 more short films. It was in the same year, that he had the good fortune to be introduced to the Oscar winning cinematographer Walter Lassally, who became his mentor, and taught and guided him up until Lassally's passing in 2017.
Petros is best known for his work in Alter (2011), Without Milk (2015), Follow the Wind (2016) and Heimlich (2017) as well as the single-shot music video Lightsaber (2017), and Flickering Souls Set Alight (2018).
He has completed 2 feature films, over 20 short films and a number of commercials and music videos. His work has earned him 18 international Awards.
Jason Friedman-Mendez -- Producer
Brooklyn-born and raised, Jason Friedman-Mendez built a winning reputation in the film and television industry for nearly two decades. He has worked on a wide array of projects, including commercials, television shows, and feature films.
Jason’s first company, Omega Jay Sound (OJS) began as a single owner-operator company but quickly expanded into a hub for film and television production professionals. With clients such as HBO, Showtime, Discovery, NBC, WB, FOX, ESPN, CNN, ABC, NBA, MLB, Netflix, HULU, MTV, VH1, SyFy, Bravo, HGTV Lifetime, and Style. OJS became a respected brand in New York City and expanded to Los Angeles and Atlanta in 2010 and 2016 respectively.
On-set experience as a Production Sound Mixer with such well-known actors as Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Susan Sarandon, Alyssa Milano, Liv Tyler, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, James Marsden, Ethan Hawke, and many more allowed Jason to make a successful transition to producing.
His second company, Omega Phoenix Productions, focused on production support services and producing promotional content for such clients as Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, and Unilever.
Jason Ieft the corporate producing world in 2014 to pursue freelance producing work to give back to the film community through teaching at city and state universities, private mentorships and workshops for Google.
To this date films produced by Jason aka Jay F-M have premiered and won awards across the United States, Italy, the UK, and Mexico.
Kathryn Kalucki -- Casting Director/Producer
Kathryn Kalucki is a native Brooklynite (yes we exist!) who currently resides in sunny LA (although deeply misses her authentic NY cinnamon raisin bagel). Her first venture into acting came in the 6th grade playing Lady Capulet. Nerves overtook and she giggled throughout her first scene. More (successful) attempts came while studying at LaGuardia H.S. (‘FAME’ school) and Kathryn eventually made her way to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Favorite roles include: Desdemona, Woyzeck and (surprisingly at 5'10” tall) a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. Kathryn is also proud to have played in the Casting world, having worked on TV shows for Hulu, Netflix, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, ABC, CW, and films for Paramount Studios, amongst others. She is proud to be a casting director-producer-actor hyphenate!
Elizabeth Hernandez -- Production Designer
Elizabeth Hernandez is a Production Designer from Los Angeles. While attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, she’s expanded her background as a creator of film, photography, and fine art.
Elizabeth’s design language commands profound aesthetic elements to illuminate the innate story and character. By exploring the natural beauty of every location, she’s able to apply ethereal and whimsical notes to evoke human emotion and imagination.
Elizabeth’s design background ranges from feature films, shorts, music videos, and branded content, with notable work in upcoming features; Call of the Wild directed by Chris Sanders and Birds of Prey directed by Cathy Yan. Branded content includes commercial ads for Calvin Klein and Jil Sanders. Music videos by Vancouver Sleep Clinic, MTNS, Aj Mitchell, and Hein Cooper.