- Box Elder (film)
name = Box Elder
caption = A comedy about dudes, bros, and dude-bros.
starring = Alex Rennie
cinematography = J. Rockwell Seebach
editing = Kamau Bilal
distributor = Range Life Entertainment
March 3, 2008( Ragtag Cinema)
runtime = 91 min
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 1215458
Box Elder (
2008) is an American independent film. It was written and directed by Todd Sklar, his first feature film. The film stars Alex Rennie, Nick Renkoski, Chad Haas, as well as Sklar.
Box Elder follows best friends and roommates, John Scott (Sklar) Alex, Nick, and Chad (Haas) through their final years of college. The loose narrative structure is anchored by John's breakup with his girlfriend Laura (Hina Abdullah). The four dudes party, eat
sandwiches, and repeatedly ignore their scholastic responsibilities.
In the Spring of 2008, Sklar and a number of cast and crew from the film toured the film from city to city, mostly focusing on college campuses and art-house cinemas. [cite web|url=http://johnaugust.com/archives/2008/self-distributing-an-indie-feature/|title=JohnAugust.com: Self-distributing an indie-feature|last=August|first=John|publisher=johnaugust.com|accessdate=2008-07-06] Sklar, via his distribution company, Range Life Entertainment, entered into direct 50-50 revenue-sharing deals with the majority of the theaters at which "Box Elder" screened. [cite web|url=http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2008/04/03/72166423|title=The Great American Bromance |last=Flasher|first=Eli|publisher=Minnesota Daily|accessdate=2008-04-03] According to the filmmaker at numerous post-screening Q&A sessions, Sklar will be bringing "Box Elder", along with a number of other films, back on the road and into theaters in the fall of 2008.
A review on film blog, Row Three, provides an analysis and review of the film, giving it 4 out of 5 stars and calling it, "a witty and funny story that exceeds expectations." [cite web|url=http://www.rowthree.com/2008/04/08/indie-review-box-elder/|title=Indie Review: Box Elder|last=James|first=Andrew|publisher=RowThree.com|accessdate=2008-04-08]
During the film's engagement at the
Gene Siskel Film Centerin Chicago, Time Out Chicago gave the film 3 stars and said it, "plays like a cross between Richard Linklater’s "Slacker" and TV’s " Seinfeld"." [cite web|url=http://www.timeout.com/film/chicago/reviews/85506/box-elder.html|title=Box Elder Review|last=Gronvall|first=Andrea|publisher=timeout.com|accessdate=2008-05-15] The Chicago Readergave a brief review, praising, "the dialogue has actual wit in addition to the usual ironic gloss and Sklar's vision of college is the fond fiction we all like to remember in adulthood." [cite web|url=http://onfilm.chicagoreader.com/movies/capsules/33148_BOX_ELDER|title=Box Elder|last=Jones|first=J.R.|publisher=Chicago Reader|accessdate=2008-05-15]
A review by MyMissourian.com found the film to be humorous at times, but that otherwise the film was "flat and chaotic". [cite web|url=http://mymissourian.com/2008/03/19/box-elder-movie-review/|title="Box Elder" Movie Review|last=Zima|first=Lauren|publisher=MyMissourian.com|accessdate=2008-06-16]
*imdb title|id=1215458|title=Box Elder
* [http://www.boxeldermovie.com Official Site]
* [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Box-Elder/11987386116 Facebook Page]
* [http://youtube.com/boxeldermovie Box Elder Youtube Channel]
* [http://www.voxmagazine.com/stories/2007/09/27/box-elder-and-sundance-kid/ Vox Magazine - Box Elder and the Sundance kid]
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