AVALANCHE

Directed by Heather Jack

Produced by Molly Ortiz, Molly Anne Coogan, Larkin Clark

USA, 2019

13 min

Underemployed and reeling from a recent miscarriage, comedy writer Jo McDowell’s life is getting less funny by the minute. When she lands a meeting that could turn it all around, she has to make a decision: tell the truth or go for the laugh? A poignant comedy based on a true story.

Avalanche is a tragically hilarious film based on writer/actor Molly Coogan‘s personal experience with deep loss. Nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, but it’s something that is rarely discussed openly, much less seen on screen. Coogan manages to turn her grief into a comedic journey that is both laugh out loud funny and deeply moving. One of my favorite films of the year, this one is not to be missed. You’ll never look at cabbage the same way again.

— Jillian Corsie, Programmer