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Can you make a comedy set during COVID-19? Recovery takes th
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reader comments 31 with 25 posters participating, including story author Share this story Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit The trailer for Recovery, which enjoyed its world premiere at SXSW 2021.

The second edition of South by Southwest to take place in the middle of our in-progress pandemic just wrapped. Maybe this should've been obvious beforehand—since everyone from Michael Bay to Netflix rolled out shot-in-quarantine films in recent months—but the era of COVID-19 films is clearly upon us, before the era of COVID-19 has subsided even a tad. Of the 75 feature-length films on the SXSW Online 2021 schedule, more than a tenth (at least eight) explicitly involve COVID-19.SXScreeners 2021The Emoji Story: You should never have this much fun learning about Unicode Hop on COVID-19’s most famous ship—the Diamond Princess—in HBO’s The Last Cruise Bus drivers bring adaptation of Alien to London’s West End in Alien on Stage Can you make a comedy set during COVID-19? Recovery takes the idea for a drive View more stories

Recovery is not a comedy about COVID-19; it's a buddy comedy written by and starring actors Mallory Everton and Whitney Call. These first-time filmmakers use COVID-19 as their film's setting in the same way that Harold and Kumar uses an insanely high night. During a panel on the film's creation, in fact, co-director Stephen Meek said the team set out to make a road movie, taking a lot of inspiration from British films Locke and The Trip. That format, after all, could theoretically be executed safely and quickly in the middle of a global health crisis. (Apparently, roughly 20 pages of the script were all filmed on the same road.)

"This was during the time when we all were still really afraid to open our doors and breathe outside," Call said. “It wasn’t that far after March 2020 that we made the March 2020 movie—it was June when we started writing it.”

"[A friend said] if you told me you’re going to make comedy, in a pandemic, about the pandemic, and that it's a road trip movie, I would've advised you to do none of those things,” Meek said. "But we pulled it off."

Blake (Mallory Everton, to the right) readies herself to exit the car and handle a sticky gas pump, armed with nothing but sandwich bags for gloves. Jamie (Whitney Call, left) looks on in appropriate disgust and horror. Brenna Empey The Toyota starring in Recovery actually belongs to writer/actor Whitney Call and her husband, director Stephen Meek. Brenna Empey I'm not sure why sequences like this are in the film, but I'm glad they are. (Also, Recovery's soundtrack overall is
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