Private Project

Bound

During hard times, times of stress, hardship, anxiety that is crippling, and depression that can take over, our mental health takes a toll. We do what we must to get through each day, and we think, far too often, we have to do it alone. Little do we believe that the ones we love and cherish most could be struggling right alongside us. During these unprecedented times especially, it is crucial to lean on those around you. It’s ok to ask for help. You are not alone, and with the care and love of the people closest to you, you can start your journey to get better. The road ahead may be long, but you have your family to help guide you.

  • Sera Milavetz
    Director
  • Sera Milavetz
    Producer
  • Amanda Van Meter Burch
    Producer
  • Sera Milavetz
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Danielle Fudge
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Sierra Rusnak
    Key Cast
    "Dancer"
  • Carla Armstrong
    Camera Operator
  • Amanda Van Meter Burch
    Camera Operator
  • Andrés Villeta
    Camera Operator
  • Sera Milavetz
    Camera Operator
  • Sera Milavetz
    Editor
  • Colton Jacob Williams
    Production Assistant
  • Emily Gabriel
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration : Premiere Event
    Tampa
    United States
    November 13, 2021
    Cast and Crew : Red Carpet Premiere
    Official Screening
  • Meet EU Short Film Competiton
    Pittsburgh, PA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Accord Cine Fest
    Mumbai
    India
    December 14, 2021
    Award Winner
Distribution Information
  • ChoreoCollab Online Release
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Sera Milavetz

Sera Milavetz grew up in a small town just outside of Orlando Florida. Out of her 23 years of age, she has been dancing for 20 years total and decided dance was one of her chosen career choices at age 9. At that time, she was training at Raskin Dance Studios in Kissimmee Fl, before choosing to continue her training and upper education with the BFA Dance Performance and Choreography program at Florida Southern College. As a double major while studying there, she also pursued a BA in Communications with a Film Studies focus, leading her to pursue her dreams of creating dance films. She has had many wonderful opportunities over the years to direct and perform throughout the Central Florida area. During her years in the program, she held a leading role in the Emerging Artist Showcase, where she directed and choreographed for the show, and choreographed for her thesis project in what became a dance film. Sera has also had the pleasure of performing in Lakeland’s Historic Munn Park at the Art Crawl, working as a set dresser on the 2018 award winning short film "¡Come!" featured on HBOMax as "Eat!", and was a part of 2019’s Cast of ZooTampa’s Creatures of the Night. These, along with many other wonderful experiences, such as participating in Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration’s 2020 & 2021 season, and starting volunteer work with the film-based nonprofit, Give Visuals, have all allowed her to grow and become a more well-rounded dancer and artist, leading her to have great learning experiences along the way. She looks forward to a bright future filled with many more opportunities to connect with other artists in the dance and film industry.

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Director Statement

Bound : a real or imaginary point beyond which a person or thing cannot go/the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something/ an act of leaping into the air/ to mark the limits of, to serve as a border for/ to move with a light springing step, to propel oneself upward or forward into the air fully committed to achieving a goal.

This work is inspired by my own real life events. The pandemic has hit so many of us incredibly harshly, especially in regards to our mental health. I went through a period during our initial isolation where I remember needing to go to store briefly for my mother who is intensely immunocompromised, and I sat on my bed for somewhere near 20 minutes - blankly staring at my open drawer of shirts, unable to think, process, move - let alone decide on a shirt to put on to do this simple task. A simple task that is now no longer so simple; it has become life threatening to so many, including my mom - my best friend. It wasn't much longer after this moment that it really hit me how intense my depression and anxiety had become.
It took many conversations with my loved ones, casual zoom get togethers with friends, and generally reconnecting with the people in my life that I love that enabled me to begin my journey to healing. I am still on that journey. Healing takes time. Luckily with help from doing my art again, talking with my family, friends, loving my furry family members and continuing the connections I am now able to make safely, I am able to become unBOUND.