“DEFIES GENRE… LINGERS IN YOUR MIND FOR DAYS AFTER YOU’VE SEEN IT” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“TENSE, GRIPPING AND SMARTLY STRUCTURED” – NPR
“EFFORTLESSLY BALANCES ISSUES TO TELL A REFRESHING TALE OF IDENTITY” – DEADLINE
“ESSENTIAL IN MOVING THE NEEDLE FOR CHANGE” – THE ADVOCATE
From director Ali LeRoi, the riveting, critically-acclaimed new drama The Obituary of Tunde Johnson follows a wealthy, Nigerian-American teen (Steven Silver) who is pulled over by police, shot to death and immediately awakens – reliving the same day over and over, trapped in a terrifying time loop that makes him to confront difficult truths about his life and himself.
Written four years ago by Nigerian-born creator Stanley Kalu when he was a student at USC, the screenplay for The Obituary of Tunde Johnson was the winner of 2018 THE LAUNCH: Million Dollar Screenplay Competition, designed to find the next generation of great screenwriters from around the world. Winning the competition came with a $50,000 education grant, literary representation and the promise his screenplay would be produced as a feature film with a budget of at least $1 million.
This bold, piercing and profoundly emotional new drama had its World Premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019, was one of eight films awarded the prestigious Next Wave designation, opened the Austin Film Festival a month later, and won the Audience Award for the best Debut Narrative Feature at the 2020 L.A. Outfest.
Watch the trailer for The Obituary of Tunde Johnson below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting May 11th.