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Controlled Chaos: Tohubohu Productions News

Welcome to the official Tohubohu Productions website. Find the latest news right here, from production plans to upcoming screenings to general updates. Be sure to check back, or subscribe to the RSS feeds (links at right)!

Third time’s the charm!

No point in burying the lead: “The Greater Evil,” the short film we recently made for the inaugural 48 Hour Politics & Comedy Project, has been awarded Best Cinematography, Best Writing, and Best Film honors!

For the competition, we had the choice between “Romantic Comedy” (our randomly drawn “comedy” subgenre) or “Campaign Trail” (our “political” subgenre), and we opted for the latter. We took a fairly big risk in going with a more dramatic film, but given the nature of the competition, I wanted to make something that differentiated this film from our usual light-comedy fare.

The shoot was extremely ambitious (producer Lee Perna was cursing my name once he realized how many different setups the script called for), but with a fully devoted crew (including our award-winning DP Jesse Achtenberg) and stellar cast (including returning stars Jennifer Massey and Michael Gabel), we managed to pull together something truly memorable. On the heels of our win, we are already submitting the film to several festivals, and look forward to our screening at Filmapalooza in Atlanta next March. I’ll try to send out updates here, but for the most up-to-date info, be sure to check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Sincerest thanks to everyone who made this achievement possible! You can check out the trailer for the film on the official page, and here’s a quick plot summary to whet your appetites:

Lilith Delaney sits in a bleak interrogation room, recounting the tale of her short-lived run as Communications Director for Victor Balch, a rising Republican candidate for the Presidency once written off as a caricature for his brash, confrontational style. Despite his glaring flaws, Balch is rising rapidly in the polls, trouncing a more established opponent and gaining a fiercely loyal following. Though Lilith initially considers her role as just another job, she gradually finds herself subject to Balch’s ineffable spell… until her gradual disillusionment allows her to catch a fleeting glimpse of his horrific true nature, and to understand his ultimate intent.

In other news, Tohubohu will have a presence at the upcoming TIVA Peer Awards, where both “Codependence Day” and “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” have been submitted for multiple-award consideration. Tickets to the November 14 black-tie event — being held at the French Embassy here in D.C. — are still available. Click here to join us (and, y’know, drop us a line to let us know you’re coming).

That’s all for this time — talk to you all again soon!

Politics & Comedy: Tohubohu goes for a third 48-hour weekend!

We made “Codependence Day” for the DC 48 Hour Film Project (and were selected for the “Best of DC” screening). Then we turned around and made “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” for the Baltimore competition, where we took home an Audience Choice Award and Best Musical Score recognition. But we’re not done yet — we’re wrapping up our summer filmmaking season with a bang: The 48 Hour Politics & Comedy Project!

This one’s largely the same as the regular 48 Hour Film Project, but instead of drawing one of several film genres, we’ll be drawing two specialized subgenres — one a political subgenre and the other a comedic one. Think “Campaign Trail” or “Whistle Blower,” or maybe “Dark Comedy” or “Slapstick.” No wild card options; we’ll have to make one or the other. So who knows? This may be our excuse to push out of our light-comedy wheelhouse and do something with some bite…

The competition weekend will be coming up in just a couple of weeks: September 25–27 (with the premiere screening at the Burke Theater at Navy Memorial on October 2). It’s only open to 30 teams max, and the winning film will also screen at Filmapalooza in Atlanta next March. So if you’re a part of our regular troupe — or just want to see how you can help us make a political statement — be sure to drop us a line right away. (All that said, be advised that my politics definitely lean to the left — so if that’s not your cup of tea, you may prefer to wait until our next go-around. No judgments — I just want to make sure nobody gets caught off guard.)

And as if a sleepless weekend weren’t enough, following right on the heels of our filmmaking weekend, Tohubohu will be representing at the long-overdue return of the Stonehenge Auditions on Monday, September 28! Actors — if you want a chance to audition in front of us and a slew of other producers, be sure to fill out your profile — in full — on the Stonehenge Casting site. (It’s free for actors.) And fellow film producers, be sure to register before noon on Monday, when the producer fees double!

I think that’s all for now — but in the meantime, as a special thanks for reading all the way through this message, enjoy a special viewing of “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” right here!

Tohubohu Productions joins the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project!

Codependence Day” has finished its run with the DC 48 Hour Film Project — while we were selected for the “Best Of” screening at the AFI Silver Theatre, we did not otherwise receive any specific accolades. But that doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels. Far from it: In just one week, we’ll be throwing our hat in the ring for the Baltimore competition!

Despite our having participated for a number of years in the DC contest — I think we’ve got a pretty good workflow going — this will be our first time doing so in the Charm City. Not only will this give us another opportunity to make a short film this year, but it’ll present its own set of new challenges (and we do try to challenge ourselves with something new each time). That said, we won’t be changing things up too much — we’re still going to be operating out of our usual Alexandria base camp, and we’ve got a solid group of returning team members — not just yours truly, but producer Lee Perna, associate producer Meredith Sims, and DP Dan Foster, among others.

Like I said, we’ve got just one week to get our act together — the competition runs from June 12–14 (with premiere screenings at the Charles Theatre on June 23–24). So if you’re a part of our regular troupe — or just want to see how you can help us get this going — be sure to drop me a line right away. There’s really no time to lose!