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Uke & Trust Me One SheetIMDbUke & Trust Me

2014 ♦ 5:22 ♦ produced by Kevin Finkelstein ♦ directed by William R. Coughlan

A couple on their way to a vacation destination is feeling apathetic about their plans (and possibly each other), when they unexpectedly encounter an unusual trio of ukulele players on their way to a wedding gig.

48 Hour Film ProjectTohubohu joined forces with Frozen Penguin Productions to create “Uke & Trust Me” — a comedic take on the “road movie” genre — for the 2014 48 Hour Film Project. The film was created entirely between May 2nd through the 4th, 2014, and premiered at the AFI Silver Theatre on Saturday, May 10th.

Uke & Trust Me — Original Trailer

TOHUBOHU PRODUCTIONS presents  in collaboration with FROZEN PENGUIN PRODUCTIONS  a 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT  “UKE & TRUST ME”  starring CAROL McCAFFREY  KEITH WATERS  BROOKS TEGLER  JENNIFER MASSEY  NICK DePINTO  and JEAN HUDSON MILLER  edited by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  BRAD HARTLAND  director of photography DAN FOSTER  music by BRIAN WILBUR GRUNDSTROM  executive producers WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  KEVIN FINKELSTEIN  written by HEATHER WHITPAN and ROBIN BRANDE  produced by KEVIN FINKELSTEIN  directed by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN

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I had long been impressed with the outside-the-box thinking behind the films of Frozen Penguin Productions (and was coming fresh off of a successful collaboration with Tarakata Films on “The Lake”). So for Tohubohu’s 2014 entry in the 48 Hour Film Project, I decided to reach out to Frozen Penguin producer Kevin Finkelstein to propose something experimental: Combining creative and production teams to see if we could produce something greater than the sum of its component parts. It was definitely a learning experience, and in hindsight, certain aspects clearly worked better than others. Having a scripting team with few preconceptions led to the hoped-for wealth of potential ideas, but focusing those ideas into a single narrative (especially with a geographically dispersed group of writers) proved elusive, making for a later-than-planned night of script polishing. A recent back injury severely limited my own mobility. And location scouting in the wee hours of the morning gave us a false sense of security, as daylight traffic — not a significant factor at three a.m. — rendered our designated shooting location practically unusable. But we had a singularly dedicated cast and crew come production day, and (with a lot of on-the-fly modification) we ended up with a fun, quirky little diversion that was a memorable experience for all involved.

William R. Coughlan

 
 
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