A break-up letter to Austin: A Room Full of Nothing is a sardonic romance that explores the complexity of modern relationships, the transient nature of art, isolationism, escapism and classic absurdity. The story follows Phyllis, a collage artist and Barry, an actor, while they navigate reality as their world is unexpectedly turned upside down when they discover that they are the last two people left on Earth.
The story of A Room Full of Nothing comes from a very personal place. I've dedicated myself to a life of art and struggle endlessly with self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence, especially in Austin, Texas -- a city where the cost of living is astronomical and creative spaces are being torn down for mixed use commercial buildings and condos. It can be difficult to muster up the will to make art, but ambition and the need to create are often enough motivation to persist. It's this tumultuous lifestyle that makes up the world of the characters of this film.
A Room Full of Nothing is a narrative feature that follows an artistic couple who wake up one day to discover they’ve accidentally willed away everyone and everything in the world. Basking in their newfound freedom their world and relationship begins to fracture and dissipate. It is a story of unwavering love when the future is unknown and scary. It explores what it means to be human, the strength of love, the nature of existence, and how our individual experiences shape our perception of the world around us. Blending elements of dark comedy, romance, and the supernatural, the story is a bold and unique imagining of the struggling artist’s story.
It’s no coincidence that the story is influenced by a 20th century absurdist novel and a 1st century fable that share a near identical title: Metamorphosis and Metamorphoses respectively. The absurdity of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis inspires this story by its embrace of the nonsense and comedy of our internal fears manifesting themselves in our external environment. It is equally inspired by the fable of Baucis and Philemon as told by the Roman poet, Ovid. In his epic poem these two lovers are granted eternal companionship when they’re rewarded for their good deeds and transformed by the gods at their collective death into an intertwining pair of trees in a deserted bog.
Duncan Coe, Writer/Director
Elena Weinberg, Director
Austin Film Festival
Official Selection - Texas Premiere - October 2019
Method Fest International Film Festival
Official Selection - World Premiere - March 2019
WINNER - Maverick Award for Quality in Low-Budget Filmmaking
Nominated - Best Feature Screenplay
Screencraft Film Fund
Semifinalist - Fall 2018
Seed & Spark Hometown Heroes Rally with the Duplass Brothers
Finalist and recipient of the first annual “Oh Sh!t” Grant - Fall 2017