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Tex: Wisdom of the Old West

Quentin has a problem: one of his neighbors is gradually taking over the community garden, pushing everyone else out and consolidating her claim. His friend Brent is pushing him to confront the offender, but Quentin seeks the wisdom of Tex — a genuine Old West gunslinger who just happens to find himself in the modern era.

  • William R. Coughlan
  • Anna Coughlan
  • William R. Coughlan
  • Anna Coughlan
  • Lee Perna
  • Nick DePinto
    Key Cast
  • Brooks Tegler
    Key Cast
  • Keith Waters
    Key Cast
  • Carol McCaffrey
    Key Cast
  • Colin Cech
    Key Cast
  • Erin Rose Coughlan
    Key Cast
  • William R. Coughlan
    Key Cast
  • Dan Foster
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Baltimore, Maryland
    United States
    June 23, 2015
    World Premiere
    Audience Choice Award | Best Musical Score
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2015
    Washington, DC
    United States
    November 14, 2015
    Bronze Award: Independent Short | Bronze Award: Directing - Fiction | Bronze Award: Scriptwriting - Fiction | Bronze Award: Director of Photography
  • Rosebud Film Festival
    Arlington, Virginia
    United States
    January 30, 2016
    Virginia Premiere
    Rosebud Award
  • UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival
    Pikeville, Kentucky
    United States
    April 9, 2016
    Kentucky Premiere
  • Clifton Film Fest
    Lorton, Virginia
    United States
    July 23, 2016
    Best Editing
  • Skyline indie Film Fest
    Winchester, Virginia
    United States
    September 8, 2016
  • Best Shorts Film Competition
    La Jolla, California
    United States
    September 21, 2016
    Award of Recognition
  • The Wild Bunch Film Festival
    Tishomingo, Oklahoma
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    Oklahoma Premiere
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    September 24, 2016
    Florida Premiere
  • Reel Independent Film Extravaganza
    Washington, DC
    United States
    October 8, 2016
  • First Rule of Film Club Indie Showcase
    United Kingdom
    November 11, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Queen City Shorts
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    January 25, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
  • Iconaclash Cinema Review
    Annapolis, Maryland
    United States
    March 11, 2017
  • Indiana Comic Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    April 16, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
    Nominee: Best Performance
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    June 9, 2017
  • North Beach American Film Festival
    North Beach, Maryland
    United States
    June 24, 2017
  • Silver Screen Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 15, 2017
    Florida Premiere
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 29, 2017
  • San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    California Premiere
  • Movie Night at the Evening Star Cafe
    Alexandria, Virginia
    United States
    February 25, 2018
  • Comedy World Network Film Festival
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States
    December 1, 2018
    Nevada Premiere
Director Biography - William R. Coughlan

William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and founder and CEO of independent video production company Tohubohu Productions, LLC. He worked for several years with The Advisory Board Company (and its offshoot companies, CEB and EAB) in Washington, D.C., where he began as a graphic designer before creating a full-service in-house video and multimedia department, and then eventually moving into the ranks of creative department management. In addition, he provides creative oversight for the global public affairs firm EGA, is the Creative Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater, and served for several years on the Board of Directors for TIVA, the Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC, Inc., filling the roles of Treasurer and Vice President before finishing his tenure as President. He also enjoys acting, voiceover performance, design and illustration, editing, animation, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person. He is the illustrator of the therapeutic workbook Stories for Children with Problems & Wishes, has provided schematic graphics for several HBS case studies, designed the acclaimed Protégé clay poker chip line, served as the Critic at Large for the online literary magazine Inkblots, has been a judge for both the TIVA Peer Awards and the Emmy Awards, founded and co-hosted the long-running Tohubohu Producer Podcast, and is an accomplished animator and ambigram artist. He currently resides at a secret compound in Northern Virginia.

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Director Statement

“Tex: Wisdom of the Old West” grew out of the notion of juxtaposing the familiar tropes of the western genre against the often-trivial conflicts of the modern day (not to mention an excuse to cast actor Brooks Tegler as a gunslinger). Screenwriter Anna Coughlan put forth the idea of taking the traditional “lone gunman” character, plopping him down in suburbia with a couple of decidedly non-western buddies, and seeing how well we could take a western storyline and fit it into a contemporary setting. From a typically western plot — a reluctant hero heeding the call to confront a land-grabbing villain — to multiple genre homages (particularly to Sergio Leone’s classic “Man with No Name” trilogy), “Tex” was our chance to revisit childhood fantasies of playing cowboy.