"Loneliness, setbacks, fear, and alienation all represent contemplation and discovery of self-identity and meaning. Unshackled serves as a transformative force to embrace hope and rebirth. Exploring life balance and emotional balance after the pandemic is a process of regaining vitality. The sky, meadows, friends, and strangers are all sources of strength for healing and peace of mind.

  • Miaotian Sun
  • Miaotian Sun
  • Miaotian Sun
  • Xian Zhou
  • Miaotian Sun
    Key Cast
  • Xian Zhou
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - New York University
Director Biography - Miaotian Sun

Embarking on my inaugural cinematic venture, I step into the realm of filmmaking with a heart brimming with passion and a spirit eager to explore. Although new to this medium, my extensive background as a seasoned dancer and certified dance teacher infuses my directorial debut with a rich understanding of movement, emotion, and storytelling. Some notable achievements include clinching the second prize at the 2023 "Dream Edge" European Dance Arena Championships, dynamic performances in the 2023 Spark Theatre Festival's "Entropy" and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre's "Apart/A Part," and contributions to the New York University Dance Concert. My visionary choreography has been recognized and shortlisted in esteemed competitions such as the 2023 ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI DANZA in Rome. This cinematic journey marks an exciting new chapter, driven by a commitment to artistic expression and an unwavering dedication to creating a meaningful and evocative dance film.

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Director Statement

In my directorial debut, I delve into the harmonious convergence of movement, space, weather, and film. Guided by my dance background, I explore self-identity and emotional reawakening themes, intertwining dance's expressive power with the cinematic realm. Through this artistic voyage, I aim to illuminate the transformative potency of dance as a universal language, evoking empathy and introspection. With each frame, I aspire to capture the delicate interplay between the human spirit and its surroundings, fostering a profound resonant connection with audiences. "Unshackled" is a heartfelt ode to liberation, an exploration of life's myriad hues through the lens of captivating motion.