Two shorts for the price of one: free.
Today, David Lowery is a filmmaker on the verge of greatness. His debut feature, St. Nick, stirred waves in the American independent scene, and his follow-up, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was a full-on country-noir masterpiece that catapulted Lowery onto the A-list and helped forge a fascinating collaborative relationship between the director and actors Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, all of whom have reunited for one of this year’s most highly-anticipated and innovative features, A Ghost Story. Outside his smaller work, though, Lowery has been moving up through the Disney ranks: last year he directed the live-action update of Pete’s Dragon and next on his slate he’s giving the same treatment to Peter Pan.
But a decade ago Lowery was like a lot of you: just a guy with ambition, a vision, and a Vimeo account. Looking through the 38 clips, short films, trailers and whatnot on his page, you can infer the story of Lowery’s ascent from indie editor to a writer-director of the first degree, and the short film series Boycrazy – written by and starring Alexi Wasser – is an excellent look at a director transitioning from short work to longer; St. Nick was made the same year.
Four episodes in one film, Boycrazy is the anecdotal story of one young woman’s navigation of lust, sex, and consequences, all brought to beautifully-flawed life by Wasser, who demonstrates every tick on the emotional spectrum between independent and dependent in seven short and captivating minutes.
Daring, hilarious, tragically relatable – who among us hasn’t used mail to extract ourselves from a one-night stand? – and ultimately charming, Boycrazy showcases the talents of both Lowery and Wasser, the latter of whom has gone one to create the internet talk show Lexi in Bed, the Nerdist podcast Love, Alexi, and a new short film by the same name that I’ve included below as well.