Experiencing Interruptions?


The flashes of memory that return to Carrie Wallace as she lies bloodied in the street all share a common trait: Each culminates in an insincere apology. A casual bump in the street, a father’s indifference, a boyfriend’s exit, youthful disappointments. But despite her lifetime’s experience, she holds out hope that she may yet witness a true expression of remorse.

  • William R. Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Number One With a Bullet
  • Robin Brande
  • Kenneth J. Coughlan
  • Jennifer Massey
    Key Cast
  • Nick DePinto
    Key Cast
  • Brooks Tegler
    Key Cast
  • Keith Waters
    Key Cast
  • Mary Egan
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Rose Coughlan
    Key Cast
  • Dan Foster
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Washington, DC
    United States
    May 11, 2012
    World Premiere
    “Best Of” Selection
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2012
    Washington, DC
    United States
    November 17, 2012
    Silver Award: Editing - Fiction, Short
  • Rosebud Film Festival
    Arlington, Virginia
    United States
    January 12, 2013
    Virginia Premiere
  • Apocalypse Rock Short Film Showcase
    Washington, DC
    United States
    April 27, 2015
  • Central Michigan International Film Festival
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    United States
    February 12, 2017
    Michigan Premiere
  • Indiana Comic Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    April 16, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    June 9, 2017
    Maryland Premiere
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 29, 2017
    Florida Premiere
  • San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    California Premierre
  • 300 Seconds Short Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    September 18, 2017
    Canadian 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

“Remorseless” (originally titled “At Last”) grew most directly from my observation of a friend’s self-destructive obsession with eliciting a genuine expression of regret from a personal nemesis. I cannot recall the circumstances of the original offense, but despite having unequivocally “won” the underlying conflict, my friend could not be satisfied with letting the matter drop. Instead she demanded that the offending party had to be sincerely sorry for their wrongdoing. And this insistence on absolute (and impossible) vindication was alienating the very people my friend sought clear acceptance from — effectively undoing the positive results of the original victory. I was fascinated with our innate desire to see genuine remorse in a world all too often filled with false apologies and insincere public expressions of regret, even in the face of personal ruin.