SXSW 2020 FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Carlyn Hudson explores the bond of friendship in her short film, Waffle. Written by its stars Katie Marovitch and Kerry Barker, Katie is having a sleepover with her best friend, Kerry. I should point out that Katie and Kerry are grown adults, and Katie is the heiress to a waffle empire.
I should also point out that Katie is a little (really a lot) socially awkward. We discover this when Katie’s time is up with Kerry’s “Uber” service for friendship. As Kerry prepares to end this transaction, she calls her boyfriend to pick her up. Katie desperately begs Kerry to stay, but not unless she’s getting paid.
“…when Katie’s time is up with Kerry’s ‘Uber’ service for friendship.”
In the blink of an eye, Katie reloads her account, and Kerry reluctantly agrees to stay through another session. But Katie has more permanent plans in mind for “best friend” Kerry.
Waffle is a comedy, horror short that leans more on the side of comedy. It explores the themes of friendship and for Katie’s character—how she defines friendship on her own terms…along with the horrific consequences of violating those terms.
Overall, Waffle is good-looking short with exceptional production values. Its performances by Katie and Kerry are spot-on. Katie Marovitch adds just enough crazy and desperation to walk that line of sane and insane beautifully. Kerry Barker has the straight-person down pat acting as first Katie’s perfect best friend and then businesswoman. You may or may not see the ending coming, but it offers a cool, ironic twist at the end.
Waffle was scheduled to screen at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.