The romantic dramedy comes from writer-director Katharine Emmer

By Christopher Rosen
Updated February 10, 2016 at 04:16 PM EST

The Walking Dead returns this weekend, but fans of the hit AMC series can see one of the show’s actors in a different light starting Thursday. Josh McDermitt, Eugene on The Walking Dead, plays Homer in the new film, a down on his luck clown magician who specializes in children’s birthday parties. It’s at one of those gatherings where he meets Mary, a live-in nanny going through her own existential crisis. The two connect from there in unexpected ways, on a path toward understanding and enlightenment.

Written and directed by Katharine Emmer, who also stars in the film as Mary, Life in Color made its debut at last year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas; festival plays at the Lower East Side Film Festival in New York City (where it won Best of Fest – Prix D’Or Award) and the Napa Valley Film Festival (where it took home Special Jury Prize) have followed in the last year.

Emmer, who’s friends with McDermitt in real life, has worked on the project since 2013, when it was initially called Mary-Homer. “When we started, I had never written a script before. I was very trepidatious about what to call it,” she said to The Huffington Post last year about the title change. “Eventually, I sort of found the film. The topic of the film is depression, and I’ve always sort of viewed coming out of depression as you see clarity and color. I liked the idea of having Life in Color sort of encompass what all the characters were going through by the end of the film.”

Also starring Adam Lustick, Fortune Feimster, and former Parks and Recreation star Jim O’Heir, Life in Color will debut Thursday on iTunes and Amazon. Watch the film’s first trailer exclusively above.