BOUND is a thrilling drama about a teenage boy named Derrick who finds himself trapped by responsibilities, torn between the dependency of his family and the loyalty of his friends. Overwhelmed with burden, he is drawn to his best friends who free him from his home and remind him of what his childhood should feel like. But as things get out of hand, Derrick is left to pick up the pieces and face the consequences.
With mature themes and dramatic story lines, BOUND shows what might happen when normal teenagers are given too much responsibility and are forced to grow up too fast. It's about finding your rightful place and accepting the role that comes with it. It's about escape, loyalty, and survival.
It's psychological, dealing with instinct and the maturity of an adolescent mind. It's about family, focusing on one family's struggle with abandonment and trust. It is emotional, as Derrick is forced to make a difficult choice that will affect the people he loves. And most of all, it is about love and the strong connection between Derrick and his little sister, because no matter what they've been through, they will always have each other.
Festivals (so far!)
Cannes Short Film Corner / The International New York Film Festival / The Los Angeles CineFest / The Big Apple Film Festival / The Monthly Film Festival / The Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker Awards / The Unofficial Google+ Film Festival / The California International Shorts Festival / NewFilmmakers New York / La Femme Film Festival / The Best Shorts Competition / The YoFi Festival / The Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival / California Women's Film Festival / YoungFilmmakers Film Series / California Film Awards / Direct Short Online Film Festival / The Magwill International Film Festival / The Short Stop International Film Festival / International Film Festival of North Hollywood / Manhattan Film Festival
Awards / Nominations
WINNER Best Short Film (LA Femme Film Festival)
WINNER Best Student Film (The Big Apple Film Festival)
WINNER Best Student Film (California Women's Film Festival)
WINNER Best Student Drama (The Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker Awards)
WINNER The Diamond Award, Student Film (California Film Awards)
WINNER Award of Recognition, Women Filmmakers (The Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival)
WINNER Awards of Merit (x6) Direction / Screenplay / Cinematography / Lead Actor / Sup Actress / Original Score (The Best Shorts Competition)
WINNER Best Supporting Actress / Peyton Ella (Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival)
WINNER Best Cinematography / Jesse Haycraft (Short Stop International Film Festival)
WINNER Best Trailer (The Direct Short Online Film Festival)
NOMINEE Best Short Film (TBUFF)
NOMINEE Best Student Film (TBUFF)
NOMINEE Best Student Director (TBUFF)
NOMINEE Best Director (CA Women's Film Festival)
NOMINEE Best Lead Actor/Benjamin Ubiñas (TBUFF)
NOMINEE Best Sup. Actress/Katherine Romans (TBUFF)
NOMINEE Best Student Director (The Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker Awards)
NOMINEE Best Ensemble Cast (The Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker Awards)
NOMINEE Best Supporting Actress/Katherine Romans (CA Women's Film Festival)
Benjamin Ubiñas (Derrick) - Drama major (freshman) at Harvard University / "SUBMERGED"
Peyton Ella (Marty) - "Gretl" Sound of Music LIVE (NBC) / Live from Lincoln Center, "Show Boat" (PBS) / "Weight" Comedy Pilot / "A Little Princess" Off Broadway
Kate Nowlin (Mother) - "The Carrie Diaries" / "Young Adult"
James Boland (Chase) - "There's A Boy" / "One Stop Away" / "Zombie Pizza"
Location: Weston, VT
NYU Senior Thesis Film
10 days on location / 7 filming
20 crew / 5 cast / 35 total team members
Average temperature below freezing
4 feet of snow!
BOUND Behind the Scenes
Award Winning Short Film - Suspenseful Drama
Written and Directed by Lexi St. John
Original Score by Liza St. John
About the film
SUBMERGED is a thrilling drama that explores the suffering mind of a father when he hears the news of his son's untimely death. The film dives deep into the psychologically distressed mind of a man who needs to learn how to find himself (and be ok with what he finds) before he can find and help his son. Bogged down by his seemingly falling apart life - his bad job, abusive boss, determined ex wife, and his distant son - the father (George) will question his own sanity when he starts to see things that will haunt him forever.
Jeff House (George) - "The Three of Us" / "Blue Ardor"
Iliana Guibert (Attorney) - "The Carrie Diaries" / "Compromised" / "One Bad Choice"
Coley Campany (Julia) - "Ashes to Ashes" / "Ad Infinitum"
Benjamin Ubiñas (Luke) - Drama major (freshman) at Harvard University / "BOUND"
WINNER Best Student Film (Rockport Film Festival 2014)
WINNER Best Student Thriller (Bare Bones International Film Festival 2015)
WINNER Best Sound Editing (Harvard College Film Festival 2015)
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival / LA Femme Film Festival / Rockport Film Festival / The YoFi Festival / The Student Filmmaker Awards / Hive Mind Film Festival / Film Shortage Blog / California Women's Film Festival / Bare Bones International Film Festival / Chicago International Film Festival CineYouth Program / Harvard College Film Festival / The Final Image Film Festival / "STIFF" Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival
SUBMERGED - Full Movie
Prague, Czech Republic
Directed/Photographed by Lexi St. John
Original Music by Liza St. John
At the end of their 4 month experience living in the Czech Republic, Lexi and Liza wanted to create something for their friends in the program that would remind them of Prague's beauty even long after they left the city they had called home.
"Prague Farewell" is a touching piece with beautiful imagery and music that will bring tears to your eyes. Enjoy!