Actor, Writer, Director Wolfgang Bodison best known for "Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson" from A Few Good Men starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. Bodison garners the 'Storytelling Achievement' award at the Laughlin International Film Festival for the current critically-acclaimed film, who's story is by Bodison and The Long Wait's star, Elizabeth Yoder.
The Long Wait, a short film by award-winning writer/director Wolfgang Bodison (A Few Good Men, ER, CSI: NY/Miami, NCIS) and lead actress Elizabeth Yoder (Grace), took the coveted “Storytelling Achievement” award at the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival. This accolade is the latest in a series of honors bestowed by international festivals, audiences and critics, including Playhouse West Film Festival’s prestigious “Best Director” award for Bodison, “Best Actor” and “Best Short Film” awards at the 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival and “Best Actress” at the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival for Yoder.
Bodison and Yoder’s creative collaboration began at Playhouse West in Los Angeles, where the two discovered they shared the same wound; losing their fathers to car accidents as children.
“Working on this project let us explore a myriad of complex emotions that have been churning since our worlds were first impacted,” says Bodison. “Grief and anger, if not properly addressed, can fester into dysfunction and lead to a life of constant suffering – not only for Elizabeth and I, but for the two men behind the wheels of those cars. It’s a complicated situation, one I enjoyed exploring.”
“Working with Wolfgang was incredible,” Yoder recalls. “He made the writing process easy. What we shared was an understanding of how devastating these unresolved emotions can be, especially through the lens of childhood. After my 24 year quest for solace, understanding and redemption, it’s been enormously cathartic.”
Bodison and Yoder are building on the film’s critical acclaim, developing it into a feature-length screenplay to generate further momentum for their labor of love.
“It’s a story of forgiveness,” Bodison explains. “Winning the ‘Storytelling Award’ means a lot because, as writer and director, my job is to tell a great story. This recognition is a huge personal achievement.”
In the spirit of helping others find closure, Elizabeth founded the non-profit Elevating Hope, a charity dedicated to providing support for people suffering from the death of a loved one. The themes touched upon in The Long Wait reflect the charity’s mission and Yoder is proud of this, the latest of more than 80 credits as an actor and filmmaker.
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