A Girl From a Box

Charlie is a dispirited bachelor on a losing streak whose only friends are his overbearing Catholic mother, Wendy the webcam girl, and Bill his pet fish. After countless rejections in the dating world, he stumbles upon a website selling companion robots. Intrigued by the idea of finally finding his perfect mate, Charlie designs his companion to meet all his specifications. Initially, the technologically advanced “April” fulfills all of Charlie's desires, but the honeymoon fades quickly when April's artificial intelligence allows her to evolve into a real woman. Feminism is awoken in April as she reads voraciously, makes new friends, and enrolls in a University. Soon April's lust for life begins to surpass Charlie and his lack of ambition. He finds himself lonely again and waiting on dinner with a sink full of dirty dishes. He begins to wonder if “perfectly designed love” is really so perfect.

  • Alxis Ratkevich
  • Chloe Taylor
  • Chloe Taylor
  • Alxis Ratkevich
  • Alxis Rakevich
  • Chloe Taylor
  • Jacqueline Jandrell
    Key Cast
  • Josh Odsess-Rubin
    Key Cast
  • Wayne Wilderson
    Key Cast
  • Danielle Kennedy
    Key Cast
  • Selene Luna
    Key Cast
  • Tom Fitzpatrick
    Key Cast
  • Chris Aquilino
    Key Cast
    "Poker Player"
  • Clarissa Thibeaux
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hollywood Florida Film Festival

    Best Comedy Short Film
  • Indie Short Fest

    Outstanding Achievement Award- Comedy
  • First Glance Film Festival

    Nominated- Best Sci-Fi Short
  • LA Underground Film Forum

    Honorable Mention
  • STIFF: Seattle True Independent Film Festival
  • Orlando Film Festival
  • STUFF - South Texas Underground Film Festival
  • California International Shorts Festival
  • Rincon International Film Festival - Puerto Rico
  • Bowery Film Festival
  • New York City Independent Film Festival
  • New Filmmaker New York
Director Biography - Alxis Ratkevich, Chloe Taylor

This film was Chloe Taylor's directing debut and following the film's premiere she was hired by Tom Carolan (former senior A&R executive at Atlantic Records) to direct music videos for his new label "Piece of Pie Records". As an actress in the theatre Chloe has appeared in over twenty Equity productions and has garnered multiple awards including Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Awards and Ovation nominations here in Los Angeles. She is especially known for being a member of playwright Justin Tanner’ ensemble and has starred in almost all of his plays in the past decade. She also plays a lead role on his cult web series Ave 43. On television Chloe has starred in two MTV series as well as making guest appearances on NBC’s Prime Suspect and ABC’s Private Practice and she has been in numerous commercials. Most recently she co-wrote, produced and starred in the web series The Mop and Lucky Files. The series was named as one of
the best shows on the web by The Writers Guild of America, nominated for an LA Weekly Award, and won Best Web Series at festivals all over the country.

Alxis Ratkevich is currently on staff as director/producer for Fender Digital. She received her BFA from the University of Central Florida. Alxis began her own company Wild Style Foto, creating celebrity portraits of artists such as Robert De Niro and short form web documentaries featuring musicians and artists for outlets including X Games/ESPN, She Shreds Magazine, IndieWire, Altamont Apparel and MidnightRider. Alxis began Kool Ranch Productions with her husband artist Chris Newton in 2010 and since have written, produced and directed five music videos together and most recently created the opening video for comedian Jo Koy. Their videos are known for their unique concepts, humor and dynamic imagery and have been featured on MTV.com, TIDAL, SPIN, and Nylon. Her video “Orange Psycho” for the experimental collaborative film, That Was Awesome, was reviewed as one of the most amusing, comedic sections of the film.

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Director Statement

After years of cracking each other up and admiring each other's work, we decided to stop saying, “one day we should do something together,” and actually began spitballing ideas and trying to decide what kind of project to create. We wanted to created something that was laugh out loud funny but also timely, and with underlying poignancy and heart. Lucky for us, we live in the age of sex robots. We explored the fragility of life, even if that life belongs to a sex robot. What if April (our robot) decided she just wanted a little more out of life, than... well... you know... We approached the film as an analogy for all relationships. The phases of love that seem somewhat inevitable; to be enamored by someone, only to settle in and begin to sour as time reveals the impossibility of your partner to be all things. Living in a world with curated dating profiles, access to what seems like endless “matches” and even robot dating alternatives, many have begun seeking “perfection” in a partner but could a companion who meets your every want and desire, all of your preconceived ideals of a mate, could that ever actually be “real” love? Or is it inherit that real love isn't always easy, frankly its often a mess. Another element in the film is the false societal notion (that many women are still faced with) which is that their needs, their wants, and their very existence is second to the wants and desires of men. Many of us are programmed to think we can't break free, that we must stay in “the box” society puts us in. We knew this idea intrinsically held a lot of humor but also allowed us to examine important philosophical ideas. As dialogue started to flow, we literally couldn't contain ourselves. We acted out scenes in cafes, laughed as we had our own “I'll have what she's having" moments and often confused and sometimes offended anyone who sat next to us. Working together allowed our ideas to be richer, we were able to bounce ideas off each other, each bringing our unique perspective. As a team we finessed every line of dialogue, calling each other out on banality, and squashing over sentimentality. We explored big ideas about what love means, the effect of technology on relationships and the programming of societal norms. We skewered the true comedy of relationships, the battle of the sexes, and the implicit humor of life with a partner that just happens to be an intelligent sex robot. We had so much fun with this film, we hope that it makes you laugh but also that there's a part of it that sticks with you a little deeper. Originally, if you asked us about our film we may have replied "It's a dystopian fantasy" but now... dare we say "it's a modern romance." Will a “perfect” mate equal “perfect” love? Not for April, not for A Girl From a Box.