COUNTING FOR THUNDER
Southern set, middle-aged coming out story COUNTING FOR THUNDER, featuring standout performances by Emmy Award winner Mariette Hartley ('Ride the High Country' & 'Marnie') and Emmy Award nominee John Heard ('Big' & 'The Pelican Brief') will be released via Wolfe Video on DVD & VOD on May 2nd.
Inspired by his own life experiences, actor/director/writer Phillip Irwin Cooper tells a story of a son's return home to Alabama, where he is faced with caring for his ill mother (Mariette Hartley) and reconciling with his supportive father (John Heard) while also coming out later in life and discovering romantic feelings for a childhood friend from a life he left behind in the deep South.
Featuring nuanced performances from two American acting icons - Mariette Hartley & John Heard as parents coming to terms with gracefully growing older and reconciling family expectations with the complications of real life. COUNTING FOR THUNDER is an original and heartfelt look at Southern family culture and the unique experience of finding your voice and coming out later in life.
Grand Prize, Best Picture, Alternative Spirit Award, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Audience Favorite Feature Film, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award, Fairhope Film Festival
Wolfe Video Presents
COUNTING FOR THUNDER
Written & Directed by Phillip Irwin Cooper
Drama * 103 min * USA * Color * English
Written and Directed by: Phillip Irwin Cooper
Starring: Phillip Irwin Cooper, Mariette Hartley, John Heard, Peter Stebbings, Alison Elliott
Distributed by: Wolfe Video
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COUNTING FOR THUNDER will be released in the U.S. and Canada via Wolfe Video on May 2 on DVD & VOD and across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com and many major retailers.
COUNTING FOR THUNDER is inspired by the three years when Phillip Irwin Cooper, unlucky in work, money and love, went home to the Gulf Coast of Alabama when his relationship with Caroline, a UCLA college professor, hit the skids -- and at the same time his mother received a dire medical diagnosis. Working through his past with his complicated family, some old high school chums, and the desperate and hilarious southern characters who grace his hometown. COUNTING FOR THUNDER covers many of the same universal themes of love, life, sex and death. Phillip learns more about his mother than he ever bargained for, and more about himself than he ever guessed possible. He ultimately finds his own voice as his mother is regaining hers.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Phillip Irwin Cooper lives and works in Los Angeles, where he applies his native Alabama savvy whilst navigating the entertainment business. His credits include acting, screenwriting and directing in features and television. He wrote and starred in his theatrical production of Counting for Thunder, which ran for seven months in Los Angeles. Acting credits include Death Becomes Her, Shock'Em Dead, Sisters and Days of Our Lives.
ABOUT WOLFE VIDEO:
Founded in 1985 and now celebrating 30 years as the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films, Wolfe's release slate includes some of the most popular and acclaimed LGBT films, including the Swiss Oscar and Golden Globes submission The Circle; the gorgeous lesbian drama by renowned Venezuelan director Fina Torres, Liz in September; and the epic international production by Finland's Mika Kaurasmäki, The Girl King. Wolfe's recent releases include the Thai Oscar submission How To Win at Checkers (Every Time); Henry Gamble's Birthday Party; Naz & Maalik; Those People; Parched; Margarita With A Straw; Women He's Undressed; Fire Song; Girls Lost; and Departure. Wolfe's library of beloved modern classics includes such acclaimed hits as Cloudburst, Undertow, Desert Hearts and Big Eden. Wolfe's complete motion picture library can be found at WolfeVideo.com as well as at national retailers such as Netflix, Amazon and VOD destinations such as Comcast, Time Warner, Hulu, iTunes and WolfeOnDemand.com. Find more info online at http://www.wolfevideo.com.