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2010 ♦ 8:58 ♦ produced by Pam W. Coughlan ♦ directed by William R. Coughlan

When three sudden deaths befall members of a small law firm, Karen Dunmore begins to suspect that they may be retribution for a terrible crime and its subsequent cover-up. Fearing for her family’s safety, she desperately tries to convince her husband and his associates to take action. But will it be too late?

48 Hour Film ProjectPushing the envelope for its eighth entry in the 48 Hour Film Project, Tohubohu ventured into the horror genre, under the mandate that whatever we produced would fall within the boundaries of a PG-13 rating (so no resorting to slasher-film clichés). With a script co-written by Robin Brande and director Wiliam R. Coughlan, “Liability” was produced entirely across the weekend of April 30th through May 2nd, 2010. The film premiered at the AFI Silver Theatre on Wednesday, May 5th. At the 2010 TIVA Peer Awards, the film took home a Bronze Award, two Silvers, and one Gold.

Liability — Original Trailer

TOHUBOHU PRODUCTIONS presents  “LIABILITY”  starring JENNIFER MASSEY  NICK DePINTO  featuring GALE NEMEC  JOY HAYNES  KENNETH J. COUGHLAN  LINDA GABRIEL DEUTSCH  DAN FOSTER  JOHN C. BAILEY  ERIN ROSE COUGHLAN  JENNY RUBIN  and ANNA COUGHLAN  edited by BRAD HARTLAND  COLIN HEICHMAN  WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  director of photography JESSE ACHTENBERG  music by BRIAN WILBUR GRUNDSTROM  associate producers LEE PERNA  MEREDITH SIMS  BJORN MUNSON  executive producer WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  written by ROBIN BRANDE & WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  produced by PAM W. COUGHLAN  directed by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN

Screen Actors Guild

“Making the Most of 48 Hours”
Doug Koztoski, Fairfax Times, May 25, 2010

 

Though horror films tend to be a staple of the independent film scene (thanks to their comparatively low production cost and specialized screening and distribution opportunities), before “Liablity” I had never made anything remotely approaching “horror.” And even when presented with this opportunity, I wanted to go more for psychological horror than the bloodier films that are more common in the “grindhouse” or home-video arenas. Not that those can’t be extremely entertaining (and I may yet tackle one in the near future), but for this project we’d committed to nothing more intense than a PG-13 level of violence — which constrained our “splatter” potential. So working with screenwriter Robin Brande — herself not renowned for horror writing — we crafted a story that leaned more heavily on suspense over shock. In weaving a tale of supernaturally enforced justice, it seemed all too appropriate to set our story around a law firm — a business ostensibly concerned with justice, but one that succumbs (at least in this case) all too readily to the needs of immediate self-interest. Fundamentally, we wanted to at least invite the question of whether those who cover up a crime after the fact share equal culpability with those who initially commit it. Ultimately, whether we succeed in conveying that message or not depends most heavily on the performances, especially those of leads Jennifer Massey and Nick DePinto — and in that respect, I think we more than succeeded.

William R. Coughlan

 
 
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