For 2017, Tohubohu matched our record for short films made in one year, finishing out our season with film number three, “The Least Among Us," for the 48 Hour Film Horror Project. Moreover, that film took home multiple awards, including Best Cast Ensemble, Best Special/Visual Effects, Best Scream, and Best Plot Twist (to say nothing of the slew of additional nominations), and has already been getting recognition on the festival circuit. Stay tuned for additional announcements, and check out the film's trailer below!
But right now, it's time to get ready for the 2018 DC 48 Hour Film Project! And this year, the competition is going back to its traditional early-May time frame: May 4–6. Producer extraordinaire Lee Perna is already putting the team roster together, so if you'd like to join in, let us know ASAP.
But that's not all. There has been a lot going on since our last newsletter. (Not especially surprising given how long it's been since we last sent out news.) First and foremost, we have completely overhauled the Tohubohu.tv website! Now optimized for mobile devices, more easily navigable, and with a larger selection of film and other project info. Check it out and let us know what you think.
In festival and other film news, it's been a veritable whirlwind. “The Greater Evil” screened at the Midwest Horror Fest in Logansport, Indiana, back in October. In November, “The Rest of Your Life” took home a Bronze Award for Fiction Editing and a Silver Award for Independent Short at the 2017 TIVA Peer Awards. Also in November, “The Greater Evil” screened at the Horror Hullabaloo Film Fest in Glasgow, Scotland, and “Winston” won the People’s Choice Award at the All Paws Film Festival in Gatineau, Quebec. In January, “The Greater Evil” screened at the DTC Film Festival in Covington, Louisiana. At the MystiCon Independent Film Festival in Roanoke last month, “The Rest of Your Life” was an award semi-finalist, and “The Least Among Us” took home Best Plot Twist honors. Several of our films were screened at the inaugural Movie Night at the Evening Star Cafe in Alexandria on February 25: “All Roads Lead Away,” “Liability,” “The Writer’s Dilemma,” “Codependence Day,” “Tex: Wisdom of the Old West,” and “Believe Me.” “The Greater Evil” screened at the Harrogate Film Festival in Harrogate, England, last week — and took home both Best Horror/Thriller and Critics’ Choice honors. And all three of our films from this past year — “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us” — screened just this past weekend at the Ocean City Film Festival in Ocean City, Maryland.
Coming up, we have a lot more festival appearances on the horizon. “Winston” will be screening in the UK at the Newcastle International Film Festival in just a couple of weeks. Our three-film 2018 slate — “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us” — will be screening at five different Comic Con Film Festivals across 2018: Indiana, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Michigan; moreover, both “The Rest of Your Life” and “Believe Me” have been nominated for Best Narrative at several of those festivals. And “Believe Me” will be screening at both the upcoming Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown and the Comedy World Network International Film Festivalin Las Vegas.
Before we sign off, one other announcement worthy of special note: Your truly (Bill Coughlan, that is) has recently taken over the presidency of TIVA, the Television, Internet and Video Association of DC. Not that it'll make all that much difference in terms of operations here in the Tohubohu world, but hopefully it'll provide some additional opportunities for collective learning and creative production.
Take care, and hopefully we'll have more news to share before too long!
Upcoming Tohubohu Festival Screenings
- Newcastle Film Festival: “Winston”
March 29–April 1, 2018 • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
- Indiana Comic Con Film Festival: “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us”
March 30–April 1, 2018 • Indianapolis, Indiana
- Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown: “Believe Me”
April 27–29, 2018 • Hagerstown, Maryland
- 48 Hour Film Project Premiere: “TBD”
May 18–19, 2018 • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, Maryland
- San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival: “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us”
June 8–10, 2018 • Oakland, California
- Atlanta Comic Con Film Festival: “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us”
July 13–15, 2018 • Atlanta, Georgia
- Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival: “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us”
August 3–5, 2018 • Tampa, Florida
- Michigan Comic Con Film Festival: “The Rest of Your Life,” “Believe Me,” and “The Least Among Us”
August 17–19, 2018 • Detroit, Michigan
- Comedy World Network International Film Festival: “Believe Me”
November 29–December 2, 2018 • Las Vegas, Nevada