A mysterious girl in a leg brace makes it more difficult than he expected for Ben to collect for his paper route.
Director: Eric Ogden
Stars: Chris Evans, Larry Fessenden, Ana Reeder
One review -
Suburban fantasy yarn
benier16 October 2003
The direction of PAPER BOY is uninspired and plodding despite the fact that the actors seem capable of making something happen. While it's appropriate film school noir, it is otherwise very boring to more urbane, worldly eyes (and ears). Decent digital photography though ...
gwendolynmstacy has been doing some research and has come up with the following quotes about 'The Paper Boy'
The first one from Chris -
I got my first acting gig through Backstage in New York. It was a film called ‘The Paper Boy.’ Eric Ogden was the director. I was living in NYC the summer of my junior-going-into-senior year of high school, interning in casting offices, doing that shit, and I was getting Backstage and looking for auditions. There was an audition for this short, so I went and auditioned and got a callback, and I was all fired up. It was my first real audition outside of, like, community theater, and I ended up getting it. I remember I was walking to work one morning and I got a phone call from the director being like, ‘You wanna do this thing?’ I was like, ‘Ah!’ I remember walking down the street with my hand in the air. CHRIS EVANS
While studying art at the University of Michigan, Ogden made short films whenever possible, and when he moved to New York City he made a number of 16mm films that he entered into festivals.
“One short, called Paper Boy, starred a then-unknown actor named Chris Evans—now Captain America—and was picked up by IFC / Bravo,” Ogden says. “I was doing this all while working on other independent low-budget movies and as I began assisting photographers. Ultimately I moved into shooting as a photographer, but I continued to write on the side, hoping for the opportunity to return to filmmaking.”
Glassy Eye Pix is a small production company owned by Larry Fessenden, an actor who acted in Paper Boy (The Deaf Peeping Tom). It looks like this short was shot in 1998 according to him, which makes sense. Check it out: Paper Boy