Offering emotional support to the people they care about during life’s most difficult times can ultimately prove to be a challenging prospect in its own right. That’s certainly the case for actors Joe Ahern and Grant Harvey’s characters of Wes and Luke in the new comedy, ‘The Disappearance of Toby Blackwood.’ The duo try to encourage their local priest in helping find their missing friend, the titular character, during the pandemic, without leaving the comfort of their homes, but their scheme doesn’t go according to plan.
Freestyle Digital Media is releasing the film worldwide on VOD today. In honor of ‘The Disappearance of Toby Blackwood,’ being available to rent and own on global digital HD internet and satellite platforms, Film Factual is premiering an exclusive clip from the feature.
In the clip, Wes and Luke are on a video call with Toby’s local priest, Father Delgado (Rudy Mungaray), as the latter drives up to the eponymous character’s house in order to check on him. The priest becomes concerned, however, when he sees several signs on Toby’s property that warn that visitors aren’t welcome. As a result, Father Delgado begins to question whether or not he should be looking for the titular character by himself.
The movie was directed by Ahern, who also co-wrote the script with Doug Mellard, who plays Toby. Besides Ahern, Mellard, Harvey and Mungaray, ‘The Disappearance of Toby Blackwood’ also features an ensemble cast that includes Dana DeLorenzo (as Mandy Prescott), Natasha Hall (as Courtney) and Todd Giebenhain (as Gilbert Muldoon’). The comedy also features cameos from such actors and comedians as Luis Guzman, Rick Gomez, Doug Benson and Dan Cummins.
‘The Disappearance of Toby Blackwood’ tells the story of the titular conspiracy theorist YouTuber who goes missing during the pandemic as two of his friends try to find him without leaving their homes. Wes who’s in the middle of getting a divorce during the quarantine, learns that his childhood friend, Toby Blackwood, has vanished. He and his buddy Luke decide to track Toby down and attempt to make sense of what little clues are left behind in a world where almost nothing makes sense
The film began production toward the beginning of theCOVID-19 pandemic shutdown with an extremely limited crew. It was structured in a way that no two characters were ever in the same room with the exception of two scenes. In many ways, the production mirrored certain aspects of the plot, and because of it, captured the isolated nature of the time and the creative ways in which people kept themselves entertained and distracted.
For more information on ‘The Disappearance of Toby Blackwood,’ visit the film’s official website.