The Rest of Your Life

College-bound Abby wants her friend Caleb to embrace a more ambitious course to his life, but Caleb soon finds he must contend with a far more radical life change.

  • William R. Coughlan
    The Greater Evil, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Number One With a Bullet
  • Anna Coughlan
    Winston, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • Lee Perna
    The Greater Evil, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • Dylan Gottlieb
    Key Cast
  • Erin Rose Coughlan
    Key Cast
    Codependence Day
  • Nello DeBlasio
    Key Cast
    Codependence Day, Touched by a Lawyer
  • Anna Coughlan
    Key Cast
  • Keith Waters
    Key Cast
    Winston, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Uke & Trust Me
  • Mary Egan
    Key Cast
    Codependence Day, Touched by a Lawyer
  • Brian Mac Ian
    Key Cast
    Winston, Table for Three, Mancession
  • Brooks Tegler
    Key Cast
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Uke & Trust Me
  • Carol Lampman McCaffrey
    Key Cast
    The Greater Evil, Codependence Day
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Supernatural, Coming of Age
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 25, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Silver Spring, MD
    United States
    July 13, 2017
    World Premiere
  • 48 Hour Film Project Special Selections and Team Spirit Screening
    Washington, DC
    United States
    October 30, 2017
    Special Selection
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2017
    Washington, DC
    United States
    November 11, 2017
    Silver Award: Independent Short | Bronze Award: Editing - Fiction
  • MystiCon Independent Film Festival
    Roanoke, Virginia
    United States
    February 24, 2018
    Award Semi-Finalist
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    March 10, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Indiana Comic Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    March 31, 2018
    Indiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    June 9, 2018
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Atlanta Comic Con Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    July 14, 2018
    Georgia Premiere
    Nominee: Best Narrative
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    August 4, 2018
    Florida Premiere
    Nominee: Best Narrative
  • Michigan Comic Con Film Festival
    Detroit, Michigan
    United States
    August 18, 2018
    Michigan Premiere
    Nominee: Best Narrative
  • Movie Night at the Evening Star Cafe
    Alexandria, Virginia
    United States
    October 28, 2018
  • Comedy World Network Film Festival
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States
    December 1, 2018
    Nevada Premiere
Director Biography - William R. Coughlan

William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and founder and CEO of independent video production company Tohubohu Productions, LLC. He worked for several years with The Advisory Board Company (and its offshoot companies, CEB and EAB) in Washington, D.C., where he began as a graphic designer before creating a full-service in-house video and multimedia department, and then eventually moving into the ranks of creative department management. In addition, he provides creative oversight for the global public affairs firm EGA, is the Creative Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater, and served for several years on the Board of Directors for TIVA, the Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC, Inc., filling the roles of Treasurer and Vice President before finishing his tenure as President. He also enjoys acting, voiceover performance, design and illustration, editing, animation, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person. He is the illustrator of the therapeutic workbook Stories for Children with Problems & Wishes, has provided schematic graphics for several HBS case studies, designed the acclaimed Protégé clay poker chip line, served as the Critic at Large for the online literary magazine Inkblots, has been a judge for both the TIVA Peer Awards and the Emmy Awards, founded and co-hosted the long-running Tohubohu Producer Podcast, and is an accomplished animator and ambigram artist. He currently resides at a secret compound in Northern Virginia.

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Director Statement

“The Rest of Your Life” is probably the most explicitly personal film I’ve directed to date. While a coming-of-age story can take place at any number of times in a person’s life, there’s something about departing for college that feels like a most fundamental (and widely identifiable) transition, even under the most ordinary of circumstances. But while deep drama is naturally inherent in that transition, a short film (as opposed to a feature) might be a difficult avenue in which to really make that resonate. So for that abbreviated duration, we needed a readily-accessible “hook” — a metaphorical construct that both merited viewer interest and still spoke clearly to the struggle of moving on to a new stage of life, acknowledging the attendant fears of losing that which is comforting and familiar. In our initial take on the story, we leaned more heavily on the comedic and exaggerated elements. But as we fleshed things out (and even continuing into shooting), I realized that while we could still keep things comparatively light, we needed to embrace the underlying gravity that such a transition signifies. In the end — as my own daughter prepares to leave home — I hope the tonal combination succeeds.