Freak :: The Film (Boston Underground Film Festival)
Freak is an interesting 18-minute short film showing as part of the Boston Underground Film Festival about a transgender woman/drag queen at the end of her rope.
Directed, produced and written by Eric Casaccio, the movie follows an hour in the life of a tormented transgender actor, Randall O’Brien, who tries to rehearse his lines for an acting role in full drag regalia. While doing so, he’s continually interrupted by calls from his agent, his mother, a collection agency and a temp agency, which he ignores.
As played by Aaron Merken, Randall/Sophia seems to have little grasp of reality and is at the point of snapping. With nothing going well for him in his little West Hollywood apartment and the important people in his life on the verge of giving up on him, Randall seems poised to do something drastic.
He’s also mocked by the handsome young actor who lives downstairs, played by K.C. Morgan, and whose future seems far brighter than the struggling Randall’s.
The acting and directing are confident, and while the piece has its bleakness, it also has some comic elements and an ending that’s brighter than expected.
A memorable little gem.