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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)!

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 getbroken.tv — 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!”

Double Your Pleasure

All right, so we’ve pretty clearly dropped off in terms of regular posting-based updates — our last post was nearly six months ago now. I’d like to say that we’ll get better, but in all honesty, our more timely updates have most likely permanently moved to other media — TwitterFacebook, and most especially the monthly Tohubohu Producer Podcast. So if you’re not following, liking, and subscribing, be sure to hit those links ASAP.

That said, we haven’t completely abandoned good old-fashioned news posting. Especially since we do have some positive news to share, and also wanted to give everyone a timely reminder as to a couple of upcoming events. So you can interpret our subject header in a few different ways — either (a) we’re giving you both news and notifications, (b) we’ve had two films recently recognized for awards, (c) we’ve got two screening events to call attention to, or (d) you can see not one but two Tohubohu films at one of the screening events. Doubles all around.

Since I mentioned awards, we might as well jump in there: Tohubohu Productions was recognized with four awards at the 2012 TIVA Peer Awards, held at the National Press Club in DC this past November. The Tarakata Films/Tohubohu Productions short “The Lake” took home three Bronze awards, for Acting: Dramatic, Female (Tara Garwood), Directing: Fiction, Short (Tara Garwood and William R. Coughlan) and Independent Short. And “At Last” took home a Silver award, for Editing: Fiction, Short (Brad Hartland, Colin Heichman and William R. Coughlan). Needless to say, a very exciting evening.

Now, moving on to our two upcoming events…

Firstly, the Havre de Grace Drama Guild recently completed its Cinematography Workshop — coordinated by “At Last” producer Kenneth J. Coughlan, and featuring several more Tohubohu veterans as class instructors: Mary Kay Coughlan on makeup, William R. Coughlan on screenwriting, Nick DePinto on acting, Colin Heichman on editing, and Dylan Hintz on stunt work. The guild will be hosting the premiere screening for the two inaugural short films created via the workshop, “The Flag” and “Matches.” (Hey, another double!) The screening will be at the Havre de Grace Activity Center at 351 Lewis Lane in Havre de Grace, Maryland, on Friday, January 4, at 7:00 p.m. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public (though seating is limited).

And secondly, you can catch not one but two Tohubohu films at the upcoming Rosebud Film and Video Festival, taking place on Saturday, January 12, at the Dome Theater at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia (1101 Wilson Boulevard). While the full-festival screening starts at 2:00 p.m., if your time is limited you can catch “The Lake” at 3:15 p.m., and stick around to watch “At Last” at 3:40 p.m. All-day admission is just $10. The awards ceremony for the festival is the following evening at the Clarendon Ballroom — so be sure to check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page for any late-breaking results!

The Broken ContinentBefore we close out, I wanted to offer a special congratulations to the folks behind the upcoming web series “The Broken Continent” — Francis Abbey of Ciscovaras Pictures, Kelley Slagle of Cavegirl Productions, and our very own Bjorn Munson of Team Jabberwocky — not only on the completion of principal photography for the series pilot, but on the success of their just-funded “postproduction and promotion” Kickstarter campaign! We’re following this one closely, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.

That’s about it for this update, but like I said before, to stay up on the latest, make sure to follow the Twitter feed, like our Facebook page, and subscribe to the monthly podcast. Seriously — at this rate you’re a lot more likely to be in the know than if you just wait for us to get around to another news post…

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