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
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