Experiencing Interruptions?


Alina, eager for a promotion at work, agrees to take on what appears to be a straightforward task: Housesitting and taking care of her boss Sybil’s precious dog, Winston. But confusion sets in when Alina arrives at the home only to discover that ”Winston” is in fact a stuffed animal — leading her to question both her boss’s motives and her mental state.

  • William R Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Number One With a Bullet
  • Anna Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • William R Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Codependence Day
  • Anna Coughlan
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Codependence Day
  • Ariana Almajan
    Key Cast
    The Broken Continent, Buddy Jackson, 6 Nonsmokers
  • Michael Gabel
    Key Cast
    House of Cards, The Greater Evil, Number One With a Bullet
  • Keith Waters
    Key Cast
    Tex: Wisdom of the Old West, Uke & Trust Me
  • Carol Lampman McCaffrey
    Key Cast
    The Greater Evil, Codependence Day
  • Brian Mac Ian
    Key Cast
    Table for Three, Mancession
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  • Genres:
    Comedy, Animal Film
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Washington, DC
    United States
    May 7, 2016
    World Premiere
    “Best Of” Selection
  • Brownsville International Film Festival
    Brownsville, Texas
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    Texas Premiere
  • Wheaton Film Festival
    Wheaton, Maryland
    United States
    November 11, 2016
    Maryland Premiere
    Levin Grand Prize
  • TIVA Peer Awards 2016
    Washington, DC
    United States
    November 12, 2016
    Silver Award: Independent Short
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    January 28, 2017
    Florida Premiere
  • Central Michigan International Film Festival
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    United States
    February 12, 2017
    Michigan Premiere
  • Motion for Pictures Screening Series
    Cary, North Carolina
    United States
    March 1, 2017
    North Carolina Premiere
  • Maryland International Film Festival
    Hagerstown, Maryland
    United States
    April 1, 2017
  • UPike Film & Media Arts Festival
    Pikeville, Kentucky
    United States
    April 8, 2017
    Kentucky Premiere
  • Indiana Comic Con Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    April 15, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • Canine Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    July 15, 2017
  • Silver Screen Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 17, 2017
  • Clifton Film Festival
    Lorton, VA
    United States
    July 22, 2017
    Virginia Premiere
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con Film Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    July 29, 2017
  • San Francisco Comic Con Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    California Premiere
  • All Paws Film Festival/Festival de Films Pas Bête
    Gatineau, Quebec
    November 29, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
    People’s Choice Award
  • Movie Night at the Evening Star Cafe
    Alexandria, VA
    United States
    May 27, 2018
  • Marin County International Festival of Film & Video 2018
    San Rafael, CA
    United States
    June 29, 2018
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

W.C. Fields famously admonished us (well, not us specifically, but performers in general) never to work with animals or children. But that advice proved a bit tough to follow when Tohubohu drew “animal film” as our required genre in the 2016 48 Hour Film Project. (In fairness, we also had the option of going with “drama,” but coming off of the all-too-prescient “The Greater Evil,” we were determined to go a bit lighter this time around.) After rejecting a few promising concepts (including one about a real animal winning a Halloween costume contest, which I swear we’ll revisit someday), screenwriter/producer Anna Coughlan hit upon the notion of using a stuffed animal as our required bestial focus, and we were off and running. That framework quickly expanded until we had a script far too long for our required running time — and even after excising entire scenes late in the scripting process, the finished film still ended up exceeding the competition’s maximum-time requirements. We begrudgingly cut the entire opening sequence for the contest screening — a sequence that had necessitated a whole end-of-the-shooting-day relocation to accomplish. Thankfully, that sequence (along with a few critical transitional moments) has been restored for the “definitive” cut of the film. In the end, even the cut-to-the-bone edition advanced to the “Best of the DC 48 Hour Film Project” showcase, and the full version went on to receive substantial post-contest recognition. (And despite Mr. Fields’s warning, we did end up adding a real live animal to the mix. Sorry. W.C.)