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Codependence Day One SheetIMDbCodependence Day

2015 ♦ 5:00 ♦ produced by Lee Perna & Pam W. Coughlan ♦ directed by William R. Coughlan

Emily is nervous about meeting her husband Wilson’s family for the first time at their annual Independence Day gathering. Having eloped, she is concerned that the family will never accept her as one of their own. But Wilson has a plan to bring her into the fold — competing in the family’s annual (if ridiculous) tradition of throwing balls at a target object, a barely-recognizable variation of bocce.

48 Hour Film ProjectAfter producing only one short film each year in 2013 and 2014, Tohubohu returned to the 48 Hour Film Project with a vengeance in 2015 with “Codependence Day” — an offbeat interpretation of the traditional “holiday film.” The film was created entirely between May 1st through the 3rd, 2015, and premiered at the AFI Silver Theatre on Friday, May 8th.

Codependence Day — Original Trailer

TOHUBOHU PRODUCTIONS presents  a 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT  “CODEPENDENCE DAY”  starring MARY EGAN  NELLO DeBLASIO  JEAN HUDSON MILLER  BROOKS TEGLER  CAROL McCAFFREY  ERIN ROSE COUGHLAN  KEITH WATERS  NICK DePINTO  with GALE NEMEC  and WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  edited by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  BRAD HARTLAND  director of photography DAN FOSTER  associate producer MEREDITH SIMS  executive producer WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  produced by LEE PERNA & PAM W. COUGHLAN  written and directed by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN

SAG-AFTRA

 

Given the mandate to develop a “holiday film,” I wanted to shy away from the traditional “year-end celebration” motif (particularly as we’d already mined that territory for our film “Please Forward”). Instead, in the story-breaking process, I focused on the underlying conceptual elements that define the genre: togetherness, the comfort of family, and a sense of belonging to a larger whole. Putting aside the external yuletide trappings, situating our film at some kind of family gathering still seemed logical; from there, the notion of an Independence Day celebration fell into place. With no desire to get overly sentimental, I developed a decidedly absurdist, dysfunctional family — and built in a clear “be careful what you wish for” turn. Shooting in a Wes Anderson-influenced composition style leapt out as an amusing (and appropriate) challenge, and the offbeat family of “Codependence Day” was born.

William R. Coughlan

 
 
TIVA DC Peer Awards 48 Hour Film Project