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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)!

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…

Resurfacing

Wow, has it really been that long since we sent out an update? True, we’ve sent out plenty of updates in other media — Twitter, Facebook, and most especially the monthly Tohubohu Producer Podcast — but not so much in the way of longer, text-based updates.

So where to begin…

Well, we ventured once more into the waters of the 48 Hour Film Project with the drama “At Last.” Anchored by a star turn from leading lady Jennifer Massey, this film really proved to be one of our best to date (if also technically our shortest). Robin Brande got behind the typewriter (or laptop, as the case may be) again, William R. Coughlan sat back in the director’s chair (figuratively speaking, as there’s not a lot of time for sitting on set), and longtime Tohubohu “legal eagle” Kenneth J. Coughlan stepped up to produce. “Touched by a Lawyer” lenser Dan Foster traveled halfway across the country to shoot it (assisted by experienced videographer Andrew Albosta), and Dylan Hintz became Tohubohu’s first stunt coordinator (with an on-screen performance that truly must be seen to be believed).

The film itself grew out of the observation that people all too frequently find themselves obsessing over the idea of “apologies,” often to self-destructive levels. It’s rarely sufficient just to hear the words; we have an inescapable need to know that an offender feels genuine remorse for injurious actions — a result that can rarely be achieved in the real world. With that as a basic seed (coupled with our assigned genre and required elements), we were off and running.

The film premiered at the AFI Silver Theatre on Friday, May 11, and was later selected to screen as part of the “Best of the DC 48 Hour Film Project” showcase. We’ve already started sending it out to festivals, so stay tuned for updates as we have more.

The LakePostproduction work has continued steadily on “The Lake,” and we (and by “we” I pretty much mean Tarakata Films head and “Lake” writer/co-director/co-producer/editor Tara Garwood — credit where credit’s due) finally completed picture lock. It’s been a bumpy road, but totally worth it to see the finished result. We’re preparing a cast and crew screening right now, and have already started shipping it out to the festival circuit (focusing primarily on genre festivals). We’re also in the process of cutting a trailer together, so all of you (not to mention a somewhat wider audience) will be able to get a taste of this engaging little character piece.

An affecting (and very personal) story and great performances from Bette Cassatt, Gale Nemec, Carl Randolph, and the aforementioned Tara Garwood really elevate this beyond a typical “horror” film to another Tohubohu must-see.

And never let it be said that the Tohubohu back catalog just sits on a (virtual) shelf: “All Roads Lead Away” just screened at Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival. They were looking to showcase a selection of “road movies,” and we happened to have a great one…

The Tohubohu Producer Podcast is still going strong, and we’ve covered some really great topics since our relaunch. In addition to our previews and recaps of the DC 48 Hour Film Project (including interviews with several participating filmmakers across the big weekend), we have so far covered topics such as DSLR filmmaking, festival submission strategies, casting, “signature shorts,” and film inspirations. Special guests have included BigTony of Crowded Elevator Pictures, Tara Garwood of Tarakata Films, Francis Abbey of Ciscovaras Pictures, Kelley Slagle of Cavegirl Productions, and Mark Ruppert of the 48 Hour Film Project. Upcoming episodes will delve deeper into the intricacies of film festivals and explore other topics of interest to filmmakers in the DMV and beyond, such as crowd-funding (with more expert guests to come). Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to keep up with the latest! Got a topic you’d like us to cover (or expertise you’d like to share)? Drop us a line and tell us about it.

Speaking of crowd-funding, I wanted to step back and take a moment to draw attention to a special project going on right here in the DC area, and ask you to give it a quick look. (Not a Tohubohu project, though Tohubohu “Jack of All Trades” Bjorn Munson is helping produce via our “sister company” Team Jabberwocky, “The Lake” star Bette Cassatt is a leading cast member and regular Tohubohu performer Nick DePinto is a key player.) Francis Abbey is developing “The Broken Continent,” a fantasy web series scheduled to shoot this September — if they can get the funding together. They’ve gotten a fantastic response so far, but there’s still quite a ways to go to reach their goal. I encourage everyone to check out the Kickstarter campaign page — getbroken.tv — to learn more, and visit the official site to get a glimpse into the amazingly detailed world they’ve created so far.

There are some pretty amazing rewards for larger contributions, but the beauty of crowd-funding is that a large base of small contributors can have just as much of an effect as an individual deep-pocketed “angel.” So hop on over, give it the once-over, and if you feel so inclined, pitch in to help make this happen.

That’s it for this update. We’ll send out another message when we have news to provide, but remember, to stay up-to-date on the latest, make sure to follow our Twitter feed, “like” our Facebook page, and subscribe to our podcast!

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