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An award winning feature-length documentary and accompanying 13 track CD celebrating the life and legacy of Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American, Gold Medal Olympian, former NBA star, and world renowned jazz musician. Featuring Wayman Tisdale's final interviews prior to his passing in 2009 as well as exclusive interviews with Michael Jordan, Dave Koz, Toby Keith, Marcus Miller, A.C. Green, and Jonathan Butler. 

CAST ↓

Wayman Tisdale – Wayman Tisdale was a three-time basketball All-
American at the University of Oklahoma. He won a gold medal on the 1984 Olympic
basketball team and went on to have a career in the NBA for twelve years, playing for
the Indiana Pacers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns. After retiring from the
NBA in 1997, he became an accomplished smooth jazz musician and released eight top
Billboard Albums.

Weldon Tisdale – Wayman’s older brother. Tisdale is the Senior Pastor of the Friendship
Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He played basketball with Wayman in high school at Booker
T. Washington.

William Tisdale – Wayman’s older brother. Tisdale played on the Oklahoma Sooners
basketball team with Wayman for three years, from 1982 to 1985.

Regina Tisdale – Wayman’s wife of twenty-eight years. She met Wayman at church in
Tulsa in 1981. Tisdale is the mother of three daughters and one son.

Deborah Tisdale – Wayman’s mother. She is a two-time cancer survivor. She was a
member of the choir at Friendship Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Michael Jordan – Former NBA player of the Chicago Bulls, two-time gold medal Olym-
pian, six-time NBA champion, and five-time NBA MVP. Jordan played with Tisdale on
the 1984 Olympic basketball team, winning the gold medal. He is now part owner of the
Charlotte Bobcats.

Toby Keith – A Grammy Award winning country music superstar, record producer, and
actor. He collaborated with Tisdale on several of his albums.

A.C. Green – Former NBA player who played in more consecutive games than any
other player in NBA history (1,192). A three-time NBA champion, he played for the Los
Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.
played with Tisdale on the Phoenix Suns.

Marcus Miller - A Grammy Award-winning jazz musician, composer, producer, and
multi- instrumentalist. Miller is perhaps best known as a bassist, working with trumpeter
Miles Davis, singer Luther Vandross, and saxophonist. He was Tisdale’s mentor in
playing the bass guitar, and Miller collaborated with him on several of his albums.

Dave Koz – An American saxophonist who is often compared to David Sanborn. Koz
has worked on fourteen solo smooth jazz albums since 1990. He collaborated with
Tisdale on several of his albums, and has performed with Tisdale on the Dave Koz &
Friends Jazz Cruises since 2005. They have also performed together at various jazz
festivals.

Steve McKeever - Music producer and executive with Hidden Beach records. In 1991,

McKeever joined Motown Records as senior vice president of artists and repertoire. He
helped produce several of Tisdale’s albums under the MoJazz label, including “In the
Zone” and “Power Forward.”

Sam Perkins – Former NBA player. Perkins played for several teams, including the Los
Angeles Lakers and the Seattle Supersonics. In 2008, Perkins was named vice president
of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, with whom he played from 1999-2001. Perkins
was one of Tisdale’s best friends and teammates on the 1984 Olympic Team.

Michael Mimms - High school basketball coach at Booker T. Washington in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. He coached Wayman, Weldon, and William Tisdale in the early 80’s.

SYNOPSIS ↓

“The Wayman Tisdale Story is a must-see film for all audiences.” ~ Los Angeles Times

“You can never give up because quitting is not an option. No matter how dark it is or how weak you get, until you take that last breath, you must fight.” ~ Wayman Tisdale (1964-2009)
 
Embodying his life’s approach of compassion, courage, and optimism, The Wayman Tisdale Story is a feature length documentary that offers a detailed account of the life of former basketball star and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale. Told through his own words, The Wayman Tisdale Story journeys through Tisdale’s life from this childhood as a preacher’s son to his battle with cancer. A story of human courage in the face of adversity, the documentary will air on ESPN and NBA TV this fall, with the DVD and CD/DVD release to follow on November 22 from Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue. View trailer here: http://thewaymantisdalestory.com.
 
Rendezvous Music compliments the telling of Wayman’s story with a soundtrack featuring 13 tracks, including the previously unreleased track, “Slam Dunk,” produced by Jeff Lorber, and “Cryin’ For Me,” which was written and performed as a tribute to Wayman by Toby Keith. Full track list below.

While attending Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tisdale became one of the most highly touted high school basketball players in the country. After high school he played basketball at The University of Oklahoma, where he became the first player in college basketball history to become a first team All-American in his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons. After winning the gold medal in the 1984 Olympic games, Tisdale decided to forgo his senior season at Oklahoma and entered the 1985 NBA draft. Over the next 12 years, Tisdale became an NBA star while playing for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns.

A self-taught musician, Tisdale began playing the bass guitar during his father’s Sunday services. “He just always had a strong musical side and it was very important to him,” Michael Jordan explains in the documentary. As his basketball career was ending, he turned his focus to his self-described ‘first love’ with the release of his debut jazz album, Power Forward, which climbed to number four on the Billboard’s Contemporary jazz charts. In his short musical career, he released nine eclectic jazz albums—Power Forward (1995), In The Zone (1996),Decisions (1998), Face To Face (2001), Presents 21 Days (2003), Hang Time (2004), Way Up! (2006), and Rebound (2008), The Fonk Record (2010)—four of which hit #1 on the jazz charts.

In 2007 Tisdale began a two-year battle with bone cancer, including chemotherapy and the amputation of part of his right leg. Presented with a debilitating condition, Tisdale used his faith, music, and positive outlook on life to help others through the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, established to assist individuals in need of prosthetic limbs who could not afford them. Wayman Tisdale passed away May 15, 2009 at the age of 44.

Featured at multiple film festivals throughout 2010, the documentary garnered Best Documentary accolades from the Park City Film and Music Festival and International Christian Film Festival, Best Sports Documentary from the Los Angeles Sports Film Festival, Audience Choice Award Runner-up at the Pan African Film Festival and the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Award.

SCREENINGS ↓

10/19 Power Balance Pavilion (doors 6:30/ start 7:00 PM) Sacramento, CA

10/29 Holland Hall (reception 6:30/show 7:30 PM) Tulsa, OK

11/3 Murdoch Theater (7:00 PM) Wichita, KS

11/4 The Sooner Theater (6:30 PM) Norman, OK

11/6 Westmoore Community Chrich (6:00 PM) Oklahoma City, OK

11/9 Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame (Screening) Muskogee, OK

11/11 Tabernacle Baptist Church (doors 6:30 / show 7:00 PM) Wichita, KS

11/12 Booker T. Washington High School (doors 6:30/show 7:30 PM) Tulsa, OK

11/12 Skokie Theater (7:00 PM) Chicago, IL

11/16 LA Live Cinemas (Regal) (doors 6:30 / show 7:30 PM) Los Angeles, CA
(Tickets: thewaymantisdalestory.tix.com)

For additional information about upcoming screenings in your area, please check out the Facebook page.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER ↓

Brian W. Schodorf: Writer/Producer/Director

Brian W. Schodorf is an American Emmy-Nominated editor, producer, and writer. His
work has been seen on The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, PBS, Planet
Green and The Documentary Channel. His passion for storytelling and revealing the life,
struggle, hope, and courageousness of people in everyday society gained him national
recognition with the broadcast of his television program, Poverty in Chicago, released in
2007 by PBS. In 2008 Schodorf released the Emmy-Nominated program, Greensburg, the
story of the destruction and rebuilding of a town hit by what may be seen as one of the
worst tornados in American history. Schodorf’s exploration with Kansas residents shows
the transformation of Greensburg from disaster area to a town of hope.

In 2009 Schodorf began his latest project, The Wayman Tisdale Story, profiling one of
America’s greatest athletes and jazz musicians - Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale battled to
overcome what would be a fatal struggle with Osteosarcoma bone cancer. In May of
2009, Tisdale would give what would be his final interview to Schodorf.

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Schodorf relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 2003. He
graduated from Columbia College Chicago, earning a B.A. in Television Production in
2006 and a Masters Degree in Media Management in 2008. A published author, Schodorf
released his first book, “Documentary Production for Television and Film” in 2010.

PLAY CD SAMPLES ↓

CONTACT ↓

For press inquiries: Lellie Capwell, lellie.capwell@sacksco.com

To request a screening email Brian Schodorf at: waymantisdalestory@gmail.com

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CREDITS ↓

MACK AVENUE RECORDS/RENDEZVOUS MUSIC PRESENTS 
A FILM BY BRIAN SCHODORF 
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY ANDY MARGOLIS 
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GREG GRICUS 
EDITORS BRIAN SCHODORF & HUNTER SEAMONS 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS GRETCHEN VALADE & DENNY STILWELL
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER COREY TAYLOR 
CO-PRODUCER ERIC BEDNAROWICZ & MALACHI GROSS
PRODUCERS RAHMAN AYI, HUNTER SEAMONS, LINDA MENSCH, MICHAEL
SWANSON & ABE THOMPSON
WRITTEN DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY BRIAN SCHODORF

OSTEOSARCOMA BONE CANCER ↓

While cure rates for all other types of cancer are improving, the cure rate for Osteosarcoma is declining. A shocking statistic that threatens the lives of thousands of adolescents everyday.

To help find a cure for Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer visit The Scott Carter Foundaton at www.scottcarterfoundation.org

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