Off Book

OFF BOOK is an offbeat comedy about living the scripted life.

Natalie is an ambitious small-town girl looking for love. Steve is a leather jacket-wearing city guy that has life figured out. They meet for a first date at a Chicago cafe, but their date takes an unexpected turn when Steve brings something with him that leaves them both changed. OFF BOOK examines the complexities of social structures and dating in the twenty first century.

  • Robert Bruce Carter
    Director
    The Deadline, Words Fail Me, Hitchhikers
  • Eric Feltes
    Writer
    Tides
  • Mindy Fay Parks
    Writer
  • Anthony Hill
    Key Cast
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, Fuller House, NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Mindy Fay Parks
    Key Cast
    Chicago Fire, The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man, Fingerprints, The 5 Year
  • Eric Feltes
    Key Cast
    My Crazy Ex, Betrayed, Tides, Dammit Dylan, Less Than 30
  • Eliaz Rodriguez
    Producer
    Think Twice
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Burbank International Film Festival
    Burbank,
    September 6, 2018
    Nominated for 'Best Comedy'
  • deadCenter Film Festival
    Oklahoma City
    June 9, 2018
  • HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series
    Los Angeles
    April 19, 2018
  • Dam Short Film Festival

    Nevada Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ME Film Festival
    Milledgeville
    April 26, 2018
    Georgia Premiere
    Winner-"Best Comedy" Nomination-"Best Actress"
  • Deep in the Heart Film Fest
    Waco, TX
  • Midwest Independent Film Fest
    Chicago
    March 6, 2018
    Chicago Premiere
  • Beloit International Film Festival

    Winner-Best Illinois Short Film
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles
    Winner-"Best Film" & "Best Performance"
  • Endless Mountains Film Festival

    September 14, 2018
    Winner-"Best of Fest"
  • Middle Coast Film Fest
    Bloomington, IN
    Winner-Best Comedy Short
  • Grenada Afterglow
    Grenada
    October 7, 2017
    Winner-Best Comedy
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival

    September 23, 2017
    Winner- Best Micro Romance; Nominations-Best Actress, Script to Screen, Best Comedy
  • Twister Alley International Film Festival
    Woodward, OK
    April 29, 2017
    World Premiere
    WINNER-Best Comedy Short Film; Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay
  • Portland Comedy Film Festival
    Portland
    May 20, 2017
    Honorable Mention
  • Sydney Indie Film Festival

    September 23, 2017
    Australia Premiere
    Nominated for Best Rom Com & Best Trailer
  • Adirondack Film Festival
    Adirondack, NY
    October 19, 2017
  • East Lansing Film Festival
    East Lansing, MI
    November 11, 2017
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival

    October 28, 2017
  • Twister Alley 2016 Screenplay Competition
    Woodward, OK
    Winner-Short Screenplay Contest
  • Austin Revolution 2016 Screenplay Competition
    Austin, TX
    Nominated for Best Comedic Short Screenplay
Director Biography - Robert Bruce Carter

Robert Bruce Carter is a Chicago-based writer, director, and occasional actor, originally hailing from Baltimore. The son of a Puerto Rican mother and an American father, he speaks Spanish and French and has lived abroad in France and Argentina.

He moved to Chicago in 2009 to get into the city's renowned comedy scene. He studied improv and comedy at The Second City and The Annoyance Theatre and spent many years writing and performing live comedy before deciding that he wanted to create something that was a bit more permanent-probably because of the fear of death and all that...

Robert then turned to creating short films with odd-ball characters and absurd comedic themes. In 2015, his comedic web series, "Words Fail Me", was an official selection at Brooklyn Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, and Hollyweb Festival.

Keep an eye out for his short film, “The Deadline” which will premiering at film festivals in 2017 alongside "Off Book".

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Director Statement

I became interested in directing “Off Book” after talking to the writers, Mindy and Eric, about what they wanted to examine with their screenplay. “Off Book” is about the "scripts" that we use to navigate our daily lives and what happens when we hang on to them for too long, or when we break free from them. I liked the idea of playing with a light-hearted treatment of that serious concept.

I also liked the idea of starting with a film about something simple and fraught with awkwardness – the first date – and using it as a way to look at the fears that keep us from connecting with others, whether it’s a romantic interest or a parent.

The most challenging aspect of directing this film was balancing the comedic elements with the darker and more serious questions. We wanted the film to stand on its own as a comedy, but also make the audience question the scripts that they use in their own lives, and how that might be holding them back from what they really want.