Caitlyn Geiler, Kristina Rea
Stacy (Caitlyn Geiler) is having one of those lazy Saturdays that is so lazy it's driving her out of her mind. When she starts wandering her way through her kitchen, a momentary distraction with a box of sweets turns into a satisfying conversation with their customer service hotline.
One good call deserves another. Suddenly, Stacy's lazy Saturday turns into one of the best Saturdays ever in director Alexis Ramirez's amusing eight-minute comedy short Out of Boredom. The recently completed microcinema short is a terrific example of what you can do on an incredibly low budget, reported as less than $100, if you tell a decent enough story and have the talent to pull it off.
Fortunately, that's all true here.
While Out of Boredom takes a tad too long to really get going, Caitlyn Geiler is never less than a joy to watch and once she finds herself on the phone the film really comes to life. In only her second film credit, Geiler's clearly having a good time and that good time transfers to the audience quite nicely. She has a natural snarkiness about her, a fact that made me chuckle even more once I learned that Out of Boredom was filmed in the Bronx.
There isn't a whole lot more to Out of Boredom, a quick and breezy short film that aims for a few laughs and for the most part hits its target. The film should be a prime candidate for the indie and microcinema fest circuit and it's worth checking out if you get the chance.
Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic