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2011 ♦ 5:53 ♦ produced by Pam W. Coughlan ♦ directed by William R. Coughlan

Phil has an amazing ability: With a touch, he can see exactly one hour and eight minutes into someone’s past. Unfortunately, it seems to cause him nothing but trouble — especially at the office, where he is called in before the boss and lectured on “inappropriate touching.” His coworker Lily is convinced that his ability makes him a superhero, but Phil is hardly persuaded… until a chance bump with a new client shows him that he may have an opportunity to prove her right.

48 Hour Film ProjectTohubohu jumped into the 48 Hour Film Project’s tenth-anniversary competition with “Touched by a Lawyer,” a “superhero” film produced entirely across the weekend of April 29th through May 1st, 2011. Robin Brande returned to scriptwriting duty, and William R. Coughlan and Pam W. Coughlan were back as director and producer respectively (not to mention celebrating their own wedding anniversary on the weekend in question). Dan Foster stepped up as director of photography for our first film to be shot using a DSLR camera. The team was also followed throughout the competition by a videography crew from TIVA, capturing footage for use in a 48 Hour Film Project tribute video to be shown at the 2011 Peer Awards. The film premiered at the AFI Silver Theatre on Wednesday, May 4th.

Touched by a Lawyer — Original Trailer

TOHUBOHU PRODUCTIONS presents  “TOUCHED BY A LAWYER”  starring NELLO DeBLASIO  MARY EGAN  NICK DePINTO  featuring RICHARD FISKE  GALE NEMEC  KRISTINA M. ZILLI  with CAROL McCAFFREY  LINDA GABRIEL DEUTSCH  KENNETH J. COUGHLAN  edited by BRAD HARTLAND  COLIN HEICHMAN  WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  director of photography DAN FOSTER  music by BRIAN WILBUR GRUNDSTROM  co-producer BJORN MUNSON  executive producer WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  written by ROBIN BRANDE  produced by PAM W. COUGHLAN  directed by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN

Screen Actors Guild

 

An almost universal assumption in the “superhero film“ genre is that a person with extraordinary abilities will naturally gravitate toward either heroism or villainy. But in the real world, the vast majority of “mutations” are frightfully minor, providing no evolutionary advantage or disadvantage whatsoever; it would seem only logical that most so-called “superpowers” would follow the same distribution. That said, in a world where the superhero film has gone mainstream, it would be all too easy for anyone granted such powers — regardless of how insignificant they may be — to feel woefully inadequate if those extraordinary gifts did not allow for extraordinary heroism. So with “Touched by a Lawyer,” writer Robin Brande and I decided to pose the question, “What if circumstances were exactly right to give a heretofore-unremarkable ‘superhero’ the once-in-a-lifetime chance to actually become the hero he has always longed to be?”

William R. Coughlan

 
 

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