Uke & Trust Me

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.

  • William R. Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Number One With a Bullet
  • Heather Whitpan
  • Robin Brande
  • Kevin Finkelstein
  • Keith Waters
    Key Cast
    Codependence Day, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • Carol McCaffrey
    Key Cast
    Codependence Day, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • Nick DePinto
    Key Cast
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • Brooks Tegler
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Massey
    Key Cast
    The Greater Evil, Number One With a Bullet
  • Dan Foster
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Washington, DC
    United States
    May 10, 2014
    World Premiere
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2014
    Washington, DC
    United States
    November 8, 2014
    Bronze Award: Directing - Fiction, Short
  • Central Michigan International Film Festival
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    United States
    February 12, 2017
    Michigan Premiere
  • Indiana Comic Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    April 14, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City, Maryland
    United States
    June 9, 2017
    Maryland Premiere
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 29, 2017
    Florida Premiere
  • San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    California 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

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.