After (A Love Story)

After surviving a violent event, a couple tries to overcome the space trauma created between them.

  • Clare Cooney
    Director
    Runner, Pick Up, Relative
  • Alyssa Thordarson
    Writer
  • Alyssa Thordarson
    Producer
  • Clare Cooney
    Producer
  • Jill Oliver
    Producer
    (Co-Producer)
  • Mike McNamara
    Producer
    (Associate Producer)
  • Jerry Sun
    Producer
    (Associate Producer)
  • Juan Francisco Villa
    Producer
    (Executive Producer)
  • Raymond Esposito
    Producer
    (Executive Producer)
  • Divisionist Films
    Producer
    (Executive Producer)
  • We Make Movies
    Producer
    (Associate Producer)
  • Glenn Stanton
    Producer
    (Associate Producer)
  • Glenn Stanton
    Key Cast
    "Charlie Maxwell"
    The Walking Dead, The Son, Chicago Fire, 911
  • Alyssa Thordarson
    Key Cast
    "Edie Maxwell"
    Chicago Med, Empire, The Chi
  • Susaan Jamshidi
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Amelia Landry"
    Chicago PD
  • Jason Chiu
    Director of Photography
    Joe Pera Talks with You, Mercury in Retrograde, Runner, Some of Our Stallions
  • Matt Gall
    Production Manager
    The Willowbrook
  • Shawna Gish
    First A.C.
  • Carlos Cabrera Mayol
    Key Grip
  • Jonathan Lopez
    Gaffer
  • Gaby Labotka
    Intimacy Coordinator
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, romance
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa Mini
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    Cleveland, OH
    United States
    April 5, 2022
    World Premiere
  • Chicago Critics Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    May 14, 2022
    Chicago Premiere
Director Biography - Clare Cooney

Clare Cooney is an LA-based filmmaker and SAG actor hailing from Detroit, trained in Chicago. She most recently wrote, directed, and starred in the short film PICK UP, which premiered at the Academy-Qualifying Indy Shorts Film Festival and has accumulated over half a million views on the prestigious curated shorts channel Omeleto. Her last short film RUNNER (which she also wrote, directed, starred in) played at 15 film festivals, winning 6 awards, and now has over 850K views on Omeleto.

She made NewCity magazine’s Film 50 list in both 2019 & 2020 and is a “Filmmaker to Watch” nominee from the Academy-Qualifying Atlanta Film Festival. In addition to RUNNER and PICK UP, she has directed & edited 3 other short films.

Recent acting credits include Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, NBC's CHICAGO MED, CW’s 4400, NBC’s CHICAGO PD, Pop TV’s HOT DATE, and the independent features RELATIVE, SOUL SESSIONS, & RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO. Cooney is a School at Steppenwolf graduate & is repped by DDO Artists Agency and Industry Entertainment.

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Director Statement

"Quite often in movies we see the most climactic moment of a character’s life, but we don’t always get to see what happens after. After the year we’ve all had, we didn't want to force the audience to live in moments of violence and trauma. Instead we wanted to explore what happens in the aftermath: how shared trauma can change people, how we all react to pain in different ways, and how we pick up the pieces." - Clare & Alyssa