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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)!

Starting 2017 with a bang!

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:

November:

December:

January:

February:

March:

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)!

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,” andWinston.”

Moreover, four of those films have already been nominated for awards at their respective festivals:

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!)

Festivals (and accolades) galore!

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…

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

But we’re hardly done yet — there’s a lot more coming up in the near future:

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!

Adding “Winston” to the Tohubohu film catalog, plus more festival screenings!

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:

And there are also several screenings to come in the next few months — or days, even:

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