The Obituary of Tunde Johnson 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.
The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is an American drama film, directed by Ali LeRoi and released in 2019. The film stars Steven Silver as Tunde Johnson, a gay African-American teenager who is trapped in a time loop that forces him to repeatedly relive the day of his fatal, racially motivated shooting by a police officer.
The film also stars Nicola Peltz as Marley Meyers, Tunde’s longtime friend; Spencer Neville as Soren O’Connor, a closeted classmate who is secretly dating both Tunde and Marley in a love triangle; David James Elliott as Soren’s father Alfred; and Sammi Rotibi and Tembi Locke as Tunde’s parents Ade and Yomi.
The screenplay was written by Nigerian-born Stanley Kalu, a film student at the University of Southern California. It was the first-ever winner of The Launch, a screenwriting competition to find and develop screenplays by promising new writers on which LeRoi was a judge; the competition’s prize included the screenplay being produced as a feature film, and LeRoi signed on to direct it as his own feature film debut.
The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film will release In Theaters and on Premium VOD platforms by Wolfe Releasing February 26, 2021.