The Writer's Dilemma

Authors Libby Daricek and Mark LaSalle are each working to finish their respective novels — Mark’s being a crime thriller, and Libby’s an emotional drama. But as they describe scenes from their works (and propose changes to their pieces), their collaborative relationship is put to the test, especially as they learn they may be competing for the same goal.

  • Bjorn Munson
  • William R. Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Number One With a Bullet
  • Kenneth J. Coughlan
  • Mary Kay Coughlan
  • Jennifer Massey
    Key Cast
  • Nick DePinto
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Washington, DC
    United States
    May 11, 2013
    World Premiere
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2013
    Washington, DC
    United States
    November 16, 2013
    Silver Award: Editing - Fiction, Short | Bronze Award: Independent Short | Bronze Award: Directing - Fiction, Short | Bronze Award: Scriptwriting - Fiction | Bronze Award: Editing - Color Correction
  • IndieCapitol Awards 2014
    Fairfax, Virginia
    United States
    October 12, 2014
    Nominee: Best Narrative Short | Nominee: Best Editing
  • Indiana Comic Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    April 15, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    June 9, 2017
    Maryland Premiere
  • Art All Night - Trenton Film Festival
    Trenton, New Jersey
    United States
    June 17, 2017
    New Jersey Premiere
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 29, 2017
    Florida Premiere
  • Lanett City Film Festival
    Lanett, Alabama
    United States
    August 12, 2017
    Alabama Premiere
  • San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    California Premiere
    Nominee: Best Narrative
  • Movie Night at the Evening Star Cafe
    Alexandria, Virginia
    United States
    February 25, 2018
  • Comedy World Network Film Festival
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States
    December 1, 2018
    Nevada Premiere
Director Biography - Bjorn Munson

Bjorn Munson is a film-video production professional with two decades of experience in all aspects of production. Although born in Wisconsin, Bjorn grew up amongst the woody suburbs outside Washington, DC, where he absorbed all the free film series the nation's capital had to offer, from the foreign films at the East Gallery to classic Hollywood cinema screened at the Library of Congress. After studying anthropology and theater in college, he worked as a stage actor and then found himself inexplicably in the Web world. His production company, Team Jabberwocky, provides casting support for other productions as well as working with co-productions with other companies. He is the founder of Stonehenge, the one-day mass audition session designed to help producers cast their projects, as well as its online counterpart,, and has served as casting director on numerous projects in the metropolitan Washington area.

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Director Statement

When we drew “Buddy Film” as our 48 Hour Film Project assigned genre, screenwriter (and executive producer) William R. Coughlan and I discussed how many buddy films include “buddies” who don’t get along — at least not initially. We also both share a love of film noir, so Bill proposed a gangland variant of The Prisoner’s Dilemma, that favorite problem of game theorists wherein two isolated prisoners decide whether to cooperate with or betray each other. We loved it, but in trying to break out the beats of the story, we found that we had too much telling and not enough showing within the constraints of a seven-minute short. By switching the framing device to one of writers at a similar impasse, we were still able to touch on the whole gangster story, but were not weighed down by it. And we added a whole other story in Libby Daricek’s drama. The resulting script was a delight to shoot, as was working with so many great actors. In a sense, we got to make multiple movies.