Book Signing, Film Screening & Reading at ‘An Unlikely Story’ Bookstore & Café

An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, MA 02762

John Butziger will be screening scenes from the short film of his first book, ‘The Second Tree,’ produced in Uganda. He will be reading from/signing copies of both books (including the newly-released ‘Eden’s Revelation’) at ‘An Unlikely Story’ Bookstore & Café in Plainville, MA on June 15th at 6 PM along with several other local authors. Copies of both books (The Second Tree and Eden’s Revelation) will be available for purchase at the bookstore both during and after the event.

BRG420entry_rear300dpiJeff Kinney, Author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and other kid-favorites opened the bookstore in 2015 modeled after the town’s historic general goods store, as part of a downtown revitalization – it’s gorgeous!

Just over the RI border, it’s a place (and an event) you won’t want to miss! Bring the kids!




An Unlikely Story is located at the corner of Route 1A and Route 106 in Plainville, MA, 2 miles south of the Wrentham Outlets. Exit 15 off Route 495, follow Route 1A for 2.5 miles. An Unlikely Story is on the left. You can’t miss the big blue building!

From Gillette Stadium, follow Route 1 South for 6 miles, then turn right on Route 106. Follow for just short of a mile, and An Unlikely Story will be on the right, on the corner of Route 1A.

The Second Tree Short Film On-Site RehearsalsForest1

Last weekend final rehearsals began on-location for each of three scenes: a Kasese shack where the leaders of the terror group in the story plan an attack, a hideaway where captives are taken, and a forest location outside the Kilembe mines where the group riles up their troops before the attack. These final rehearsals are in preparation for filming the short movie in early June for the screening of The Second Tree short at the Uganda Communications Commissions Film Festival.


AFWS-Uganda Begins Rehearsing Battle Scenes for “The Second Tree”

FormatFactoryDSCN2071IMG_20160515_174215AFWS-Uganda’s rehearsals continued this weekend for the short film production of “The Second Tree.” Actors warmed up then moved inside to practice fight sequences for the Kilembe mine battle scene, which will involve over 25 extras. The cast watched scenes from “Beasts of No Nation” starring Idris Elba for motivation.

The short film will be shot at the Kaazi Scout Grounds south of Kampala at the end of May, followed by post production in June and screening later that month at the Uganda Communications Commission National Film Festival.




Auditions Begin for “The Second Tree” and “Should Abel Kill Cain?”

On Sunday, May 1 the African Film and Writer’s Society (AFWS-Uganda) began open auditions for actors and actresses for two short film projects currently underway: The Second Tree and Should Abel Kill Cain?

ToClub Ambianceday rehearsals began at Kampala’s renowned Club Ambiance with the actors selected for The Second Tree.

The rehearsals were led by Kyaka (Wilson Kaggwa), a well-known actor working with Jellystone Films who also works on the hit TV show, “School Times” on NBS in Uganda. Screenwriter Henry Lutwama of AFWS wrote the script for the two pieces and will direct the short films. Kyaka is not only the producer but also an actor in The Second Tree.

“The showing is very strong,” said Alexander Kalyango, President of AFWS-Uganda. “Kyaka is leading the group and bringing out the best in the young actors and actresses that are auditioning for a chance to appear in one of the two film projects. We’re excited at the turnout and hope that these projects will help stimulate local perception of film and the arts in general, as well as help the careers of those that participate.”

The Second Tree movie short will screen among other short films at the Uganda Communications Commission National Film Festival.

kyaka1kyaka2The Second Tree (by John Butziger) is set in Uganda and New York City, taking place largely in the Rwenzori Mountains, Kasese, the Kilembe Mines, Kampala and Port Bell. It is a story about an ancient and powerful mystery, protected by Ugandan guardians, that is prematurely released on the world.

Should Abel Kill Cain? (Co-composed by Ndagire Lillian Mpoza and Kikawa Michael Mutesasira) is a story about Ugandans struggling to express their individuality and live free from discrimination and violence in the face of anti-gay laws and social ostracism.