Revenge Thriller BOUND TO VENGEANCE opens in New York City at the IFC Center on June 26th
An Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival – Park City at Midnight, IFC Midnight is proud to announce the theatrical and VOD release of BOUND TO VENGEANCE on June 26, 2015.
BOUND TO VENGEANCE is a gritty revenge thriller about a young woman, EVE (Tina Ivlev), who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. However, after discovering she may not be the only victim, Eve unravels a darker truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor. The film is directed by J.M. Cravioto and stars breakout actress Tina Ivlev and Richard Tyson. The screenplay was written by Rock Shaink, Jr., and Keith Kjornes.
Interview with director JM Cravioto:
Q: What attracted you to this story and project?
A: Initially, I was very attracted to the genre. BOUND TO VENGEANCE is a film that brings together the thriller, drama, and horror fields and these just happen to be my favorite genres. This was not only exciting but an extremely attractive challenge for me. I find topics such as sexual exploitation and violence towards women and kidnapping repulsive. I found it motivating that through film, and mostly through the main character, Eve, a form of extreme vengeance and payback were possible.
Q: Talk about the casting process and how you found lead actress Tina Ivlev.
A: It was a difficult process due to the time constraint that we were working with. I usually give myself around four months for casting and in this case, we had only three weeks to have everyone locked. I had to rely on my instincts and intuition in order to find the right actors. Finding Tina with the aid of casting director, Carla Hool, was an amazing stroke of luck and serendipity. Tina was the first casting tape I saw and after viewing 40 to 50 other tapes, I never felt the same strength or clarity in anyone else’s performance.
Q: Growing up, which genre films and filmmakers inspired you? How is the inspiration reflected in BOUND TO VENGEANCE?
A: Much of my inspiration came from French-‐made thrillers from the early 90’s and 00’s. I found their textures, atmospheres, and action pace to be inspiring. Funny enough, many people that have seen BOUND TO VENGEANCE have said it reminds them of a David Fincher film, and Fincher is one of my favorite directors. I take this as an amazing flattering remark and feel much of my style is inspired by him.
Q: Tell us about the shooting location and experience.
A: The project was filmed in the greater part of Los Angeles and was an amazing experience. They were completely new places for me yet I was fortunate enough to find the textures and spaces I was looking for BOUND TO VENGEANCE.
Q: Talk about the preparations you and your team took prior to shooting and production. Did the actors participate in any special training for the action scenes?
A: Yes, we had a couple of training sessions with our stunt coordinator who taught our actors how to fall, punch, receive punches, etc. This is always a fun part of the process when dealing with a film with so much action and blood.
Q: How would you describe your filmmaking style and what kinds of films are you looking to make in the future?
A: Within my style I have always been obsessive over my framing of a scene. I’ve always been passionate and diligent in the areas of editing and framing up. I view film as a language and the camera its voice, so I’m very detail oriented when it comes to placing the camera in a way that tells a story in every scene.
For the future, I never really look for my next film. I think of it in a more organic way in which the next film finds you, no matter the process. As a director, I think I’m always trying to change my style and genre. I’d like to never be tagged as a genre-‐based director, being only thrillers, dramas, or comedies, etc. I would rather have people see my name and not know what they’re going to find on the screen. This inevitably creates a challenge in my projects that brings out the best in me.
I look for risky projects that I can offer myself entirely to so that I can say what I feel and speak through the film.
Q: What are some of the difficulties you and your team faced during production, and how did you overcome them?
A: One challenge was the available filming days we had. In only 20 days, we had to fit in several death scenes with liters of blood on screen. We had to be creative on how to optimize our time. This was my second fictional film and I was coming from a project that left me with tools I later applied to BOUND TO VENGEANCE when it came to resolving complicated sequences and when it came to the time/money formula.
Q: What would you like your audience to take away from this film and story?
A: First of all I’d like for them to be entertained because to me a film is exactly that, entertainment. I hope they also take with them a certain consideration on where we’ve ended up as human beings as we live in a world where there are kidnapped, raped, and irrevocably damaged women. I hope they take that thought beyond the hour and a half of cinematic vengeance seen in the film.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING…
“”***1/2… succeeds at bringing new perspective to a tried and true genre.”
“it’s a refreshing change of pace from the dark thrillers that immerse us…”
-FILM SCHOOL REJECTS
“This pseudo-feminist revenge thriller has pleasingly schlocky grind house spirit. Tina Ivlev is impressive.”
– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“A Refreshing Yet Disturbing Thriller”
– TWITCH FILM
BOUND TO VENGEANCE
Directed by: José Manuel Cravioto
Produced by: Alex Garcia, Rodolfo Marquez, Daniel Posada
Cast: Tina Ivlev (The Devil’s in the Details), Richard Tyson (Moonlighting),
Bianca Malinowski (Midnight Bayou)
TRT: 80 minutes
Genre: Thriller / Horror