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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)!

Communicating the Old-School Way

Okay, so as we’ve moved more definitively into the podcasting realm, we’ve slacked off a bit in the old-school blog-and-email messaging. I’d say that’s going to change, but in all honesty, given limited time and resources, you’re more likely to see regular updates on the aforementioned podcast and via our Facebook page and Twitter feed. (Not that we’re all that diligent there either, but still…) I won’t bore you all with a lot of big news, but to recap some of the highlights of the past year:

And those are just a few of the high points. But in the interests of looking forward, it’s time once again to put out the call for this year’s Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project! Yes, Tohubohu is officially entered, so now’s the time to let us know if you’d like to join the team. Drop us a line, leave us a comment, or otherwise get word that (a) you’d like to hop on board, and (b) what you can bring to the team. We look forward to hearing from you, veterans and newcomers alike!

Off to the Theater!

What? Two newsletters in two months? That’s crazy talk!

We’ll keep it short this time though, since the main reason we’re writing is to let everyone know that our latest short film, “The Writer’s Dilemma,” is going to be screening this Saturday evening, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theater. And we need as many friendly faces in the crowd as possible. Alas, our latest effort for the 48 Hour Film Project did not make it in time for the contest deadline, so the only award we’re eligible for is the audience favorite — and I know we’ve got some tough competition in our screening group. So right now we’re all about stacking the audience.

Returning Tohubohu performers Jennifer Massey and Nick DePinto star as Libby Daricek and Mark LaSalle, two authors each working to finish their respective novels — Mark’s being a crime thriller, and Libby’s an emotional drama. But as they describe scenes from their works (and propose changes to their pieces), their collaborative relationship is put to the test, especially as they learn they may be competing for the same goal.

We’ve cut together a 48-second trailer for the film (the timing seemed appropriate), which you can watch right here. And don’t forget to get your tickets for the big premiere at the AFI Silver’s site. You won’t want to miss your chance to see the movie on the big screen!

In other news, hot on the heels of our big premiere, the film’s director Bjorn Munson will be a special guest on The Charlie Visconage Show when it returns to Fort Fringe at 9:30 p.m. on May 17th! For those of you not familiar with the show, The Charlie Visconage Show is a late-night talk show focused on DC-area artists with new audiences filmed in front of a live audience. Tickets are available at The Charlie Visconage Show at Capital Fringe for just $15. Bjorn will be talking all about The Broken Continent (which you may have heard us mention here once or twice); also joining Charlie will be B. Stanley, Executive/Artistic Director of the DC Arts Center, and special musical guest Sarah Fridrich. The show’s a remarkable experience that has garnered some great critical acclaim (“Simply zany fun… laugh out loud funny,” just to pick a pull quote from the Washington Post) — a definite must-see.

Well, that’s it for now — hope to see (at least some of) you on Saturday! (See, I told you we’d keep it short.)

Let Slip the Dogs of Film

I’ll start right off with the usual disclaimer — if you’re not keeping up via our Twitter feed, Facebook page, and the monthly Producer Podcast, then you’re likely not getting the full picture as far as updates go. But fear not — for the moment, at least, we’re still trying to maintain at least a nominal email communication channel.

Tohubohu Producer PodcastSpeaking of the Podcast, we’re covered a lot of ground lately. This past year we’ve talked casting, screenwriting, genre work, community media, web series, music videos, community workshops, festival programming, crowdfunding, the 48 Hour Film Project and much more. We’ve interviewed local film mavens Francis Abbey, Jon Gann, Kevin Good, Kiley Kraskouskas, Lonnie and Cindy Marie MartinDave Nuttycombe, Mark Ruppert, Kelley Slagle, Jackie Steven and Jonathan Zuck — and had community contributions from many more. (Speaking of which — if you’d like to be included among the filmmakers we tap for our “Community Question” segment, let us know and we’ll add you to the list!)

The LakeIn screening news, April gives us two screenings for the Tarakata Films/Tohubohu Productions short “The Lake”: The Bare Bones Film and Music Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma, showed the film this past Friday, and the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown, Maryland, will be screening it this coming Saturday with the Shorts 6 program — 4:45 pm at the Academy Theater. Unfortunately, neither Tara nor I (Bill, that is) will be able to attend, but — judging by the inaugural festival (at which “Green House” screened), it promises to be a great experience.

The Broken ContinentWhile I’m at it, I might as well throw a little plug out for a project that several of us Tohubohuans have been working quite diligently at for the past few months: the recently-completed web series The Broken Continent. After a successful theatrical screening for cast, crew and backers, the series premiered in three parts at — where you can watch and enjoy to your heart’s content! Moreover, the pilot screened at the Zenkaikon Anime Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and will be showing a bit closer to home at Awesome Con D.C. on Sunday, April 21. A truly stellar example of what can happen when a bunch of really talented people pool their efforts!

Now, for the annual announcement everyone’s been waiting for…

Yes, Tohubohu will be participating in this year’s DC 48 Hour Film Project, taking place in just one month: May 3-5, 2013. But we’ll be switching things up a bit this time around. Bjorn Munson will be sitting in the director’s chair this year, and I will be focusing on writing and editing (plus my usual pre-event organization and promotion). Ken Coughlan will be returning to his producer duties from “At Last” (with the able assistance of Mary Kay Coughlan), and Tohubohu expatriate Dan Foster will be traveling in once more to take the photographic reins. We’re filling out the rest of the roster right now — so if you’re game for joining in, let us know ASAP! We also need locations — so if you’ve got any leads on some interesting (or frankly, even uninteresting) places to shoot, be sure to tell us that as well. Same goes for any interesting costumes, equipment, what have you — anything that can make our little effort stand out from the crowd. (Mother Nature’s already pitching in with cicadas — though in the interests of not playing favorites, I hear she plans to offer them to all participating teams.)

And, of course, if you just want to see the results of our labors, the finished film will be screening at the AFI Silver Theatre the following week — keep an eye out for specific details (the aforementioned Twitter feed and Facebook page being a couple of great options for doing so).

Well, that’s about it for this update. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing several of you very soon as we cry “Havoc!”

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