2006 · 7:59 · written by Larry Contratti · produced by Pam W. Coughlan · directed by William R. Coughlan
Up-and-coming politico Robert Soxer is making a last-minute campaign appearance at a small kitchen and bath remodeling shop. The shop’s owner, Leon, is an ardent supporter, and takes Soxer and his entourage on a quick tour. Meanwhile, shop worker Rachael, despondent over her recent breakup with coworker Rick, makes a startling discovery — the candidate is far from what he appears to be, giving new meaning to the term “political machine.” As the group leaves, Rachael tries to convince Rick of what she’s seen, but he misinterprets her warnings. Will Rachael be able to stop Soxer’s ascent to power and redeem herself in Rick’s eyes?
Director William R. Coughlan and producer Pam W. Coughlan reteam to helm this sci-fi short for the National Film Challenge, from a script by frequent Tohubohu editor Larry Contratti. Produced entirely from October 20th through the 23rd, “Machinations” marks Tohubohu’s third entry in the competition.