DOCUMENTARY / Runtime: 79 min. / LOCAL TIES
Directed by GENTRY KIRBY & ERIN LEYDEN
INFO: Tulsa American Film Festival is honored to host the Tulsa Premier of this ESPN 30 For 30 documentary film, TOMMY, directed by Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden about legendary Oklahoma boxer Tommy Morrison.
Born into a troubled family in the American heartland, Morrison’s initial emergence as a fighter was bolstered by a starring role in Rocky V. A few years later, he beat George Foreman for the WBO heavyweight title, and seemed primed for more stardom, even in the face of blown opportunities and upset losses. Everything changed in early 1996, when he tested positive for HIV, forcing him into retirement. From there, Morrison’s life spiraled further and further downward, plagued by drug problems, jail time, and most alarmingly and bizarrely, an eventual denial that he had the virus at all.
The screening will take place, Tuesday, September, 26, 2017 at Circle Cinema. Light reception in the lobby at 6:30 P.M. Screening starts at 7:30 P.M. Q&A following the film with directors, Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden; Tommy's ex-wife, Dawn Freeman-Hosterman; and his trainer, Tony Holden.
Tickets: $10 - see link below.
The TOMMY screening is part of TAFF's year-round showcase of American cinema.
ESPN 30 for 30 was originally inspired by ESPN’s 30th anniversary. The original Peabody, Emmy-winning and Academy Award-winning series has now produced over 90 films.