Controlled Chaos: Tohubohu Productions News
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A lot’s happened since our last newsletter in November — to say nothing of the fact that it’s time for our annual call to gear up for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project!
I’ll start with the latter first, since that’ll be fairly straightforward: If you’re interested in joining the Tohubohu team for this year’s weekend filmmaking extravaganza (dates still TBD), let me know sooner rather than later! Be advised that since the nation apparently didn’t heed the cautionary tale of “The Greater Evil” — and reality seems to be nearing that film’s dire conclusion more with each passing day — it’s a near-certainty that whatever we produce will have substantial political overtones…
All right, with that call to action out of the way, let’s talk about the festival appearances our films have had since last we spoke:
- “The Greater Evil” went international once again, screening at the KRAF International Short Film Festival in Rijeka, Croatia, as well as the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival in Maharashtra, India.
- Keeping with the international theme, the very American film “Codependence Day” screened at the 14th International Short & Independent Film Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- And rounding the month out, “Please Forward” screened at the 2016 Weihnachtsfilmfestival in Berlin, Germany.
- “Winston” screened at the monthly edition of the Miami Independent Film Festival (our lone domestic screening this month).
- “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” screened at Queen City Shorts in Regina, Saskatchewan.
- “Please Forward” screened at the 2017 CortoKino Event in Mumbai, India.
- “Liability” (complete with Spanish subtitles) screened at the Paura Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror in Valencia, Spain.
- Our eight-film showcase for the Central Michigan International Film Festival — featuring “All Roads Lead Away,” “The Greater Evil,” “Number One With a Bullet,” “Please Forward,” “Remorseless,” “Touched by a Lawyer,” “Uke & Trust Me,” and “Winston” — was a big success. I hosted a special Q&A session for members of the Central Michigan University Film Society. Definitely worth the trip (and the weather wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d feared)!
- “Winston” screened with the March 2017 edition of the Motion for Pictures Screening Series in Cary, North Carolina.
- Just this past weekend, “The Greater Evil” screened at the Juggernaut Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Film Festival in Chicago.
And we have still more to come in the weeks ahead (so be sure to let me know ASAP if anyone’s interested in representing us at these events)!
- This coming weekend, “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” will screen at the Iconaclash Cinema Review in Annapolis, Maryland.
- At the end of March/beginning of April, “Winston” will screen at the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown, Maryland — our third appearance there, after “Green House” in 2011 and “The Lake” in 2013.
- Speaking of “Green House,” our little environmental outing will be screening in April at both the i.P.A.S. (Independent Political Activism Short) Film Festival in Athens, Greece, and the Red Shed Film Festival in Rockport, Massachusetts.
- In July, both “Codependence Day” and “Remorseless” will screen at the 300 Seconds Short Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario.
And… drumroll, please… a massive slate of Tohubohu Films will be screening at not one, not two, but three comic convention festivals this year: The Indiana Comic Con Film Festival in April, the Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival in July, and the San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival in September!
In all, fourteen Tohubohu films will be showcased at each festival: “All Roads Lead Away,” “Please Forward,” “Uncertainty Principle,” “Liability,” “Number One With a Bullet,” “Green House,” “Touched by a Lawyer,” “Remorseless,” “The Writer’s Dilemma,” “Uke & Trust Me,” “Codependence Day,” “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West,” “The Greater Evil,” and “Winston.”
Moreover, four of those films have already been nominated for awards at their respective festivals:
- “Green House” for Best Comedy (Indiana Comic Con)
- “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” for Best Performance (Indiana Comic Con)
- “The Greater Evil” for Most Shocking (Indiana Comic Con)
- “The Writer’s Dilemma” for Best Narrative (San Francisco Comic Con)
All in all, a fantastic close to 2016, and a promising start to 2017! (On a side note, I’m realizing that I have got to start sending these out more frequently, given the sheer amount of news that they cover as it stands!)
When we sent our last message, we had no idea just how much activity we’d be seeing in the months to come — especially since we knew we likely wouldn’t be producing any new content. But wow, there’s been a lot happening.
Back in July, we had indicated a few festivals we anticipated showing at, but the list really ballooned from there. (Though we were disappointed that the shorts portion of the Minutnik International Film and Beer Festival in Šentjernej, Slovenia, was canceled. Not that we planned to attend, but it really sounded like fun. Because beer.)
So let’s catch up with some highlights from just since the last newsletter — put your collective seat belts on…
- Both “The Greater Evil” and “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” screened at the Clifton Film Fest in Lorton, Virginia — and “Tex” came away with a Best Editing award!
- “The Greater Evil” won a Silver Award at the Eureka Springs Human Rights Festival!
- “The Greater Evil” also screened at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia — earning a Best Virginia/Tennessee Film trophy!
- Additional screenings for “The Greater Evil” included the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Norwich Radical Film Festival in Norwich, UK.
- Both “The Greater Evil” and “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” screened at the Skyline Indie Film Fest in Winchester, Virginia.
- Writer/director Bill Coughlan sat down with Wendy Mann on WERA 96.7 FM’s Story Hour Radio program to discuss storytelling in film (and you can listen to that interview here).
- “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” garnered an Award of Recognition in the monthly Best Shorts Competition, as well as screening at the Miami Independent Film Festival and the Western-themed Wild Bunch Film Festival in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
- “The Greater Evil” screened at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, and both it and “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” showed at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington, DC.
- “The Greater Evil” was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the 2016 IndieCapitol Awards.
- “Winston” made a trip down to Brownsville, Texas, for the Brownsville International Film Festival, “Codependence Day” crossed the pond to screen at the London Monthly Film Festival, and “The Greater Evil” went down under for the Wollongong Film Festival in Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
- Though it didn’t screen, “The Greater Evil” was recognized with a Commendation from the Red Ditch Halloween Film Festival in Redditch, UK.
- The First Rule of Film Club Presents Indie Showcase in Widnes, UK, highlighted three Tohubohu films: “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West,” “The Greater Evil,” and the long-overlooked “Number One With a Bullet.”
- Just this past Friday, “Winston” took home the Levin Grand Prize at the Wheaton Film Festival in Wheaton, Maryland!
- And the very next evening, “The Greater Evil” won Bronze Awards for Director of Photography and Independent Short and a Silver Award for Directing, Fiction, while “Winston” took a Silver Award for Independent Short at the 2016 TIVA Peer Awards!
But we’re hardly done yet — there’s a lot more coming up in the near future:
- This coming weekend, “The Greater Evil” will be screening at the Big Fandom Film Festival in Greenville, South Carolina.
- In December, three films will be making international appearances, as “The Greater Evil” screens at the KRAF International Short Film Festival in Rijeka, Croatia, “Codependence Day” at the 14th International Short & Independent Film Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and “Please Forward” with other holiday-themed films at the 2016 Weihnachtsfilmfestival in Berlin, Germany.
- And in February — drumroll, please — the Central Michigan International Film Festival will be hosting a special screening dedicated to showing not one, not two, but eight Tohubohu Films: “All Roads Lead Away,” “The Greater Evil,” “Number One With a Bullet,” “Please Forward,” “Remorseless,” “Touched by a Lawyer,” “Uke & Trust Me,” and “Winston.” (February in Michigan might be a little less temperate than we’re used to here in the DMV, but I think that’s one trip worth taking!)
Whew! A lot to digest there — and I’m sure I’m probably still missing a few things. Thanks for taking the time to get through it all! As always, stay tuned to our social media profiles to get the latest new, and we’ll keep you all updated with the latest developments!
Well, we promised we wouldn't overload your inboxes with messages — and given how long it's been between updates, we're definitely keeping that promise… though I don't recall ever promising that the messages would be short. And this time we definitely have a lot to cover!
Firstly, we have one more short film to add to the ever-growing Tohubohu catalog: “Winston.” Ariana Almajan stars as Alina, a sales representative who, eager for a promotion at work, agrees to take on what appears to be a straightforward task: Housesitting and taking care of her boss Sybil’s precious dog, Winston. But confusion sets in when Alina arrives at the home only to discover that ”Winston” is in fact a stuffed animal — leading her to question both her boss’s motives and her mental state.
The film also stars Michael Gabel, Brian Mac Ian, Carol Lampman McCaffrey and Keith Waters, and got a great audience reception, being selected to screen as part of the “Best of the 48 Hour Film Project” showing for Washington, DC. The film was written by “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” co-writer/co-producer Anna Coughlan, directed by Bill Coughlan, and shot primarily out in Fairfax, Virginia (with a quick trip into DC for one office scene — which unfortunately had to be cut from the competition edit of the film). Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned (both here and at our Twitter feed and Facebook page) for updates on where you can catch it!
Speaking of catching our films on the big screen, in addition to the festivals I mentioned as “coming up” in the last update (the Miami Independent Film Festival and the Film Festival at Little Washington for “The Greater Evil,” the UPike Film & Media Arts Festival for “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West,” and the May Day Sustainability Shorts Festival for “Green House”), Tohubohu Productions has made a few more festival screenings (and taken home a couple of awards) since our last update:
- “Codependence Day” screened at the Small World Film Festival in Bradford, UK!
- “The Greater Evil” screened at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, California; the inaugural Origins Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio — where it took home Best Sci-Fi Film honors; and at the Traveling Shorts Film Festival in Florence, Italy — where it garnered Best “Cutoff Short” (General) laurels!
And there are also several screenings to come in the next few months — or days, even:
- Both “The Greater Evil” and “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” will be showing at the Clifton Film Fest in Lorton, Virginia next weekend — July 23 at the Warehouse Arts Center. You can check out the Facebook event page here, and get tickets to the show here.
- “The Greater Evil” will screen at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia on August 20 (where, incidentally, the festival is being opened by the much-ballyhooed feature film Dinner with the Alchemist, spearheaded by longtime friends-of-Tohubohu Kevin Good and Jenna St. John). Their Facebook event page is here, and tickets are available here.
- In case anyone will be visiting Europe next month, both “The Greater Evil” and “Liability” have been selected for the Minutnik International Film and Beer Festival in Šentjernej, Slovenia, running August 19-20. They can be found on Facebook here.
- And “The Greater Evil” will be enjoying yet another across-the-pond showing at the Norwich Radical Film Festival in Norwich, UK, running August 26–28. In case any of our readers will be in the area, you can find them on Facebook here, and tickets for the event can be found here.
While scheduling conflicts have prevented us from throwing our hats in the ring for the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project competition (or the Richmond one, which we were also eyeing), we do hope to get back into production mode soon. But in the meantime, we're plenty busy just keeping up with the promotional process.
Stay tuned to our social media profiles to get the latest — we hope to keep everyone updated with more news soon!