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2014 finds us still striving to increase the audience for this fine, award-winning independent film.

What's it about?

  • A young man reaches a critical juncture in his life. Does he follow the mob - his friends since childhood - and join blindly in the persecution of a group of people based solely on their sexual orientation, or does he move to a more enlightened life?

  • In the Company of Strangers is an award-winning film which has moved audiences at film festivals and has won the top award at six. It is a touching feature film debut from writer/producer/director Thomas Hofbauer.

  • It's the story of a young man in trouble with the law who is sentenced to 600 hours of community service in an AIDS hospice. There it is hoped he will learn tolerance and compassion. While there, he helps to reconcile a dying man with his estranged son. At the same time, the young man reconnects with his own distant father.

Contact information

(419) 349-6607

This is the Sentencing scene from "In the Company of Strangers"

What people are saying about In the Company of Strangers:

"Hofbauer makes the most out of the video format... provides us with an excellently shot film.' '...quite visually appealing despite its budgetary limitations.' ' excellent example of independent filmmaking.' 'The characters all seem to be fairly well written and consistent.'
'Final verdict: A-"

Lee Rice, The Vital Voice, St. Louis

"As some one who grew up in New York, and who now lives in Los Angeles, I find myself losing contact with the art coming from"flyover country", that large area between New York and California with a lot of consumers....the heartland of America.
Tom Hofbauer is one of the finest film makers currently working in flyover country; he is the John Sayles of Ohio.
This is an illuminating, topical  and important work about Mainstream America."
Gerald Maxey, LA-based Filmmaker ("Los Pistoleros")
January 2010

"Hofbauer illustrates the passage of time and the slow metamorphosis of his protagonist with the skill of a practiced director..."
Gay People's Chronicle

"...with an overall strong cast, a well-structured story, and some very impressive direction and camerawork, the film succeeds in being a compelling drama. However, it’s this relentless hopefulness and optimism that is the film’s finest quality."
Matt Cummings, Toledo City Paper
October 2008
"...director/writer Thomas Hofbauer understands the core concepts of homophobia. The rest of the movie proves he has a grasp of the concept of personal change."
Doug Brunell, Film Threat
"...just watched your film... and was blown away! Excellent... stand(s) out from the crowd... deserves to be noticed"
Greg Ropp,
Great Lakes Film Festival

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  Most recent update - January 7, 2010  


If you're a theater owner looking to screen an independent film with a great message, if you're a programmer for a festival or a coordinator for a GLAAD-type of group in search of a film that can serve as a great inspiration for discussion, please contact us to start a conversation.


The writer/director/producer Tom Hofbauer is currently in search of Hollywood representation (agent or manager) for his writing and directing skills. Oh, and he's willing to relocate to LA or NYC - wherever he needs to go to work in this industry.

So, if you're an agent or a manager looking for a new addition to your roster, reach out to the filmmaker ( - (419) 349-6607).

He'd love to meet you.