Box Elder (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Box Elder (2008)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 166 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Filming Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA
  • Budget: $60,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $50,000(USA)
  • Director: Todd Sklar
  • Stars: Hina Abdullah, Kyle Ayers and Andy Cohen
  • Original Music By: Jeff Toyne   
  • Plot Keyword: Friend | College | Nostalgia | Halloween Party | Car Accident

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Todd Sklar  writer

Known Trivia

  • The story is loosely based on the college experience of writer/director Todd Sklar.
  • Sklar prefers to spell the word “sandwich” like this: sandwhiche. The word is written that way in the entire script, as well as the trailer for the film. He also pronounces it like he spells it.
  • Kamau Bilal would edit the film overnight during production, allowing them to view rough cut scenes of the previous day’s footage during the morning production meetings. This allowed the filmmakers to watch their first full rough cut of the film 5 days after wrapping principal photography.
  • Other than an Arri interview kit, and 6 portable fluorescent lights, every light on set was built by hand from wood and electrical parts bought at a hardware store.
  • After shooting the first 80% of the film on nights and weekends over the course of 2 and half months, the film was completely re-shot in 18 days, which was the allotment of time they had scheduled to finish the last 20% of production.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard in the BB Gun battle when Rennie runs off-screen after stealing Nick’s sandwich.

Goofs: Continuity: When the undercover cop is busting the kid at the Halloween party, you see his gun duct taped to his shirt on his back. Then in the immediate next shot the orientation and position of the gun is totally different.

Plot: Box elder bugs are loud, scary looking, and dependent on group swarming. Yet, they're also completely harmless and extremely passive aggressive… See more »  »

Story: Box elder bugs are loud, scary looking, and dependent on group swarming. Yet, they're also completely harmless and extremely passive aggressive. Using this metaphor to address a generation that thinks big, talks fast, and threatens to change the world, Box Elder is an unapologetic portrait of a youth movement at odds with its own ambivalence, exposing a generation defined by privilege, potential, and self-induced paralysis. The film follows four best friends through their last years of college. Dependant on their parents financially, and on each other emotionally, they spend their time sleeping in, hanging out, and eating lots of sandwiches. Using break-ups and re-occurring scholastic failures to impose a quarter-life crisis, they take turns postponing responsibility, avoiding accountability, and looking for someone or something to substantiate their lives, all the while hedging their bets and mastering the art of treading water and getting away with it…Written by TS  

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Synopsis: Box elder bugs are loud, scary looking, and dependent on group swarming. Yet, they’re also completely harmless and extremely passive aggressive. Using this metaphor to address a generation that thinks big, talks fast, and threatens to change the world, Box Elder is an unapologetic portrait of a youth movement at odds with its own ambivalence, exposing a generation defined by privilege, potential, and self-induced paralysis.

At once painfully hilarious and delicately poignant, the film follows four best friends through their last years of college. Dependant on their parents financially, and on each other emotionally, they spend their time sleeping in, hanging out, and eating lots of sandwiches. Using break-ups and re-occurring scholastic failures to impose a quarter-life crisis, they take turns postponing responsibility, avoiding accountability, and looking for someone or something to substantiate their lives, all the while hedging their bets and mastering the art of treading water and getting away with it.

Shot locally in Columbia, MO on a shoe-string budget, Sklar’s debut feature is a collegiate love letter that not only paints an honest portrait of it’s subject matter, but also evokes the nostalgic yearning the film’s character’s revel in.

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Produced By:

  • Steve Japan known as consulting producer
  • Todd Sklar known as producer
  • Brock Williams known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Hina Abdullah known as Laura Glaser
  • Kyle Ayers known as Phil Ryerson
  • Andy Cohen known as Jason Franks
  • David Crespy known as Dudley Ginsberg
  • Chad Haas known as Brad Fletcher
  • Chris Nester known as Frank Brouillette
  • James Ponsoldt known as Robby 'Couv' McGovern
  • Nick Renkoski known as Nick Becker
  • Alex Rennie known as Alex Rennie
  • Amy Shaw known as Sarah Sampsons
  • Jim Shipley known as Annoying Guy
  • Jeff Sklar known as That Guy
  • Todd Sklar known as John Scott
  • Brian Sturgill known as Matt Vaggey
  • Ross Taylor known as Max Hennessey
  • Alex Trumble known as Howie Doon
  • John Turk known as Zack Bills
  • Lauren Zima known as Nicole

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Production Companies:

  • Boxcar Films

Distributors:

  • Range Life Entertainment (2008) (USA) (theatrical)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • USA 3 March 2008 (Columbia, Missouri)
  • USA 21 March 2008 (Denver, Colorado)
  • USA 30 March 2008 (Dallas, Texas)
  • USA 31 March 2008 (Austin, Texas)
  • USA 2 April 2008 (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • USA 4 April 2008 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • USA 6 April 2008 (Athens, Georgia)
  • USA 25 April 2008 (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • USA 30 April 2008 (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • USA 12 May 2008 (Springfield, Missouri)
  • USA 16 May 2008 (Chicago, Illinois)
  • USA 6 October 2008 (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
  • USA 15 October 2008 (San Francisco, California)
  • USA 27 October 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 3 November 2008 (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (Tucson, Arizona)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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