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In order to escape her overprotective drug-dealing stepfather, a young introvert flees to NYC. After successfully reinventing herself, she realizes she must confront her dark past, to truly be free.

BOUND’s innovative structure sets it apart from most indie films. The first half is a social drama focused on Bella’s escape, survival, and building a new life from scratch.

At the midpoint it flips to a domestic thriller when Bella returns home to save the mother that betrayed her. The result is a surprising tonal shift that works by being rooted in the domestic situation Bella escaped from.

  • Isaac Hirotsu Woofter
  • Isaac Hirotsu Woofter
  • Isaac Hirotsu Woofter
  • Jessica Pimentel
    Key Cast
    Orange is the New Black
  • Ramin Karimloo
    Key Cast
    The Phantom of the Opera
  • Alexandra Faye Sadeghian
    Key Cast
    Guns of Eden
  • Bryant Carroll
    Key Cast
    A Man Called Otto
  • Pooya Mohseni
    Key Cast
    " Yeva"
    Madam Secretary
  • Alok Tewari
    Key Cast
    House of Cards
  • Josh Alscher
    Key Cast
    Cadillac Records
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    750,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Student Project:
  • Dances with Films
    New York
    United States
    World Premier
    Official Selection
  • Sarasota Film Festival
    United States
Director Biography - Isaac Hirotsu Woofter

Isaac Hirotsu Woofter is a NYC based filmmaker. He wrote the screenplay for Steven Seagal’s action movie, THE BUSHIDO BUTCHER, for Shadow Box Pictures and Aldamisa Entertainment. His social drama/domestic thriller BOUND is about to hit the festival circuit.

His screenplays have won or placed 17 times in 12 festivals including: The Austin Film Festival, Page International Awards, Richmond IFF, Screencraft, Scriptapalooza, JumpStart, Creative World Awards, The Script Lab, Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, Scriptation Showcase, IFIPG, and The World Series of Screenwriting.

As a director, Isaac’s written, produced, and directed book trailers for multiple New York Times Best Selling Authors.

As an actor, Isaac’s played numerous lead and title roles, including the Tony award-winning Broadway show WAR HORSE. In 2008, he was nominated alongside Patrick Stewart, for Best Supporting Actor in a Shakespeare Play.

Isaac received his MFA from Columbia University and studies at the Jacob Krueger Studio.

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Director Statement

This universal and easily relatable story of endurance, survival, and starting over doesn’t only belong to Bella Patterson; it belongs to anyone who desires to live in peace but is met with resistance. One’s age, gender, or race can not save or protect you because pain does not discriminate.

When boys struggle, we are told to be strong, to squash our emotions, to figure things out on our own. Girls are now told the same. It’s bullshit. All of it. We should be allowed to feel, to fear, and to fail.

I wrote BOUND to remind people that no matter what level of adversity we face, it’s OK to cry, to admit defeat, to ask for help; because we are not alone and with the right kind of support things can and will get better.