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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!

This Friday evening, Tohubohu celebrates “Codependence Day” at the AFI Silver!

It’s be nice to pretend that this whole 48 Hour Film Project thing is routine, but as we discover each year, there’s no predicting how things will go. But this year, despite several moments of near-despair (especially at around two hours before deadline, when it seemed there was no way we’d get the finished product in on time), we managed not only to get the film completed (and turned in), but to produce a pretty entertaining little movie: a little holiday film called “Codependence Day”!

First, let me thank everyone involved in the process. This would absolutely not have been possible without a utterly dedicated cast and crew, and this year’s film demonstrated just what that level of enthusiasm can create.

And second, let me tell you all that you don’t have to take our word for the entertainment value of our little short: You can come see for yourself this Friday evening, May 8, at 9:45 p.m., as “Codependence Day” screens at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center with Screening Group D for the 2015 Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project! Click here to order your tickets — but don’t wait too long, as these shows have been known to sell out!

We hope to see you there — and if you can come out in celebratory Independence Day-themed attire, so much the better (so we can have a shot at the all-important screening Spirit Award).

In the meantime, check out the brand-new 48-second trailer for our film below! Starting tomorrow, Facebook users can vote for our trailer at the official DC48HFP Trailer Contest right here — voting will be open through Monday, with the winners announced shortly thereafter. So please visit, check out the submitted trailers, and give us your vote!

That s it for now — hope to see a whole lot of you on Friday!

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