Controlled Chaos: Tohubohu Productions News
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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!
Winston — Original Trailer
It’s been a lot longer than I’d planned since our last update, but there have been — and continue to be — a slew of opportunities to see Tohubohu productions on the silver screen:
- Not only did “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” screen at the Rosebud Film Festival, but it also took home a prestigious Rosebud Award! To say we were pleasantly surprised would be an understatement.
- The multi-day Filmapalooza event in Atlanta has concluded, and “The Greater Evil” was shown along with dozens of other 48 Hour Film Project city-winning films from all around the world.
- “The Greater Evil” has also been designated as an official selection in two additional festivals: the Miami Independent Film Festival and the Film Festival at Little Washington; we’re awaiting the announcement as to the details of the former, but the latter will be taking place in Washington, VA, over the weekend of April 8–10.
- “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” has also been selected for a festival showing; it will screen at the UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival in Pikeville, KY, also on that second weekend in April.
- And a blast from the past returns: “Green House” will be screening at the May Day Sustainability Shorts Film Festival on April 29.
In immediate upcoming news, Tohubohu Productions will be attending the Spring 2016 Stonehenge Auditions on Monday, April 4 — and we’d love to see as many actors as possible. Be sure to fill out your full (free) profile at StonehengeCasting.com to be eligible for an audition slot!
And of course, it’s coming up on time again for the annual Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project, taking place over the weekend of April 29–May 1! We are officially signed up to participate, so we’ve got to start assembling the team. If you’ve done this before, you know the drill — we’re looking for cast and crew; experience with us is definitely a plus, but not a requirement (as we always welcome new blood). Our production options are wide open this year — we might be shooting in Alexandria, Fairfax, DC… who knows? So if you’re up for the challenge, let us know (a) that you’d like to pitch in, and (b) what you can bring to the team.
That’s all for now — we look forward to hearing back from you soon!