A Thousand Cuts (in post)
Documentary feature by Charlie Williams
Produced by EXU Media

Maybe following your life’s passion isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? 

A Thousand Cuts is a raw and unique character study of indomitable, 57 year old, New York actor, Theodore Bouloukos, who has been in more than a hundred totally unheard of films.

In a funny, unflinchingly honest and moving piece of cinema vérité, the camera follows Theo in his daily struggle to retain his integrity and keep his head above water financially in an industry that offers so much and gives so little. 

Punctuated by clips from his many bizarre utterly forgettable films, Theo takes us on a glorious journey through painful auditions, embarrassing rehearsals and drunken dinner parties that describe his life in New York’s Upper East Side, where he shares a rent stabilized apartment with one of his brothers. 


Poignant interactions with friends, family, and fellow artists highlight the loneliness of Theo’s quest but he remains always exuberant, audacious, insightful, and only too willing to roll naked in mud for inexperienced directors. A witty and wonderful narrator of his own story Theo discovers himself with us, and examines why on earth he has chosen this journey.


In a sensitive, finely paced conversation between subject and camera, director Charlie Williams searches out the real story beyond this actor’s resilience and flamboyant wit and unfolds a tale of deeper hurt and familial complications. A portrait of true pathos told with real humanity and a light and loving touch, this is a film that speaks to all of our desire to rise above the ordinary and find significance in our lives.