Tom Hofbauer is an award-winning independent filmmaker with three successful film projects under his belt. In addition to his own film work, he was a cinematographer and location producer on the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Twist of Faith, which was produced for HBO by celebrated director, Kirby Dick and producer Eddie Schmidt.
He's a writer, producer, and director, and he has produced scores of commercials and industrial films.
Four years were spent in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career. His appearance as a wrestling referee on Saved by the Bell: The College Years in late 1993 seemed to be a promising start to an acting career. (It wasn't).
Later, he teamed up with fellow Toledo comedian Mark Zink and started a successful writing career. He and Mark completed several feature film screenplays, a pilot and several episodes for a sit-com.
After four years in LA, Tom returned to Toledo to shoot a sketch comedy TV pilot. This project was completed in 1998. You can find clips of several sketches by clicking on Cop Cutbacks, Bounty Hunter School and Father Gucci.
Tom taught an introductory course in visual communications at Bowling Green State University and improvisation and filmmaking at the very successful charter school, the Toledo School for the Arts. He continues to offer private acting instruction and coaching and teaches several workshops for the actor.
In January of 2001, Tom produced In the Company of Strangers, his first feature film from his original screenplay. He spent the remainder of that year finishing his screenplay and searching for financing. In April he held auditions. In May he continued the funding search and on June 20, the camera rolled. Twenty-six shooting days later, he had his first feature in the can.
In November of 2001, Tom screened In the Company of Strangers to a sold out black tie crowd at Toledo's Valentine Theater. Nine hundred people attended the screening which raised $20,000 for David's House, an AIDS outreach center in Toledo that was the location for much of the action in the movie.
The film won the award for Festival Director's Choice at the 2009 Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan, Oklahoma, Best Dramatic Feature Film at the Telluride IndieFest in 2002 and the Key West IndieFest in 2003. It has also been honored with the Best Director - Gold Medal for Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah in 2005 and a Best Dramatic Feature Film award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
In the Company of Strangers is available from TLA Entertainment for VOD download.
Tom teamed up with Cleveland filmmaker, Deb Halinski, to make a documentary about a recovering drug addict and alcoholic who now runs Ironman Triathlons. This award-winning film is called ADDICT.
In 2004, Tom was contacted by LA filmmakers Kirby Dick and Eddie Schmidt who subsequently hired him to handle camera operator duties and location production on their 2005 Oscar-nominated documentary, Twist of Faith.
He has been a guest lecturer at high schools and colleges where he delivers his talks on a variety of filmmaking topics. This is how he developed his 2-day seminar, From Idea to Audience.