Coda–the feature film

Dick Bishirjian who wrote the novel titled “Coda,” plans to produce a low budget film that tells the story of U.S. Senator Bob Hill (R-PA). This the second film production he has attempted. He has written a draft script and is meeting with an experienced producer to estimate how low is the financing this “low budget” film requires.

Most of the film will be filmed in a sound studio with sets constructed to look like the Betty Ford Clinic in Palm Springs where Senator Hill encounters a statue of a beautiful woman in a blue ball gown that at night comes to life in his room at the Clinic. Casting the right female actor to play her is critical!

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A feature film based on the novel “Coda” is in the early stages of development for “streaming media.” Here’s a synopsis of the plot:


Summary: Senator Hill is sentenced for involuntary manslaughter for an accident in which his wife was killed and he was cited for driving while under the influence. Prior to sentencing the Senator is directed by the Court to enter a substance abuse treatment program. Senator Hill chooses to enter the Betty Ford Clinic in Palm Springs, CA.  With an hour or two to kill before being admitted to Betty Ford, the Senator walks by the Coda art gallery in Palm Desert where he spots a ceramic statue of a dancing woman dressed in a blue ball gown.  On impulse, he buys the statue and takes it to his new room at the Clinic. During recovery he is unable to sleep and stares at the statue. One of the eyes of the statue winks at him. As the days and weeks pass, he develops a relationship with the statue and one evening he begins to dance with her. After completion of treatment, as he leaves the clinic he drops the box that holds the statue and it shatters.  Heartbroken he picks up the pieces and returns to his Senate duties.  His staff advises him of his schedule and notes that before his wife’s death, she bought tickets to a Viennese Waltz organized by Congressional staff. Believing that he should honor his wife’s last wish to attend a Waltz, he goes to the event and meets the living statue of his Clinic evenings.


In my four decades of writing books and scripts for film and television, I have often been asked by fledging writers to read and comment on their work.  It was a privilege to do so for Richard Bishirjian’s novel CODA.  Dr. Bishirjian is a well known conservative scholar and has previously published a number of non-fiction books, but CODA is his first work of fiction. Because of the author’s background, he writes with unique insight into behind the scene political maneuvering.  Indeed, if FOX TV were to offer a dramatic series laid in D.C., the hero would undoubtedly resemble that of CODA’s main character:  U.S. Senator Robert “Bob” Hill (R, PA), an educated Catholic conservative Nationalist.  Bob Hill is popular with his Pennsylvania constituents and his D.C. cohorts.  He is not worried about his up-coming re-election, indeed he is looking beyond it to a possible run for the Presidency in 2024.  But, as Bob Hill’s wife Mary tells him, he drinks too much.  It is this weakness that leads to the tragic accident that upends Bob Hill’s life and threatened to destroy any future he might have in politics.  CODA is the dramatic story of his struggle to deal with his grief and alcoholism.  A mystical experience of a beautiful dancing lady in blue offers a promise of redemption and a new life.

                                                                                    Joyce Corrington, New Orleans