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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.
Wayman Tisdale – Wayman Tisdale was a three-time basketball All-
Weldon Tisdale – Wayman’s older brother. Tisdale is the Senior Pastor of the Friendship
William Tisdale – Wayman’s older brother. Tisdale played on the Oklahoma Sooners
Regina Tisdale – Wayman’s wife of twenty-eight years. She met Wayman at church in
Deborah Tisdale – Wayman’s mother. She is a two-time cancer survivor. She was a
Michael Jordan – Former NBA player of the Chicago Bulls, two-time gold medal Olym-
Toby Keith – A Grammy Award winning country music superstar, record producer, and
A.C. Green – Former NBA player who played in more consecutive games than any
Marcus Miller - A Grammy Award-winning jazz musician, composer, producer, and
Dave Koz – An American saxophonist who is often compared to David Sanborn. Koz
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
Sam Perkins – Former NBA player. Perkins played for several teams, including the Los
Michael Mimms - High school basketball coach at Booker T. Washington in Tulsa,
“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)
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.
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
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER ↓
Brian W. Schodorf: Writer/Producer/Director
Brian W. Schodorf is an American Emmy-Nominated editor, producer, and writer. His
In 2009 Schodorf began his latest project, The Wayman Tisdale Story, profiling one of
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Schodorf relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 2003. He
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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
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