Hollywood is coming to Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the worldwide movie premiere of the “The Wayman Tisdale Story” will take place at the Walter Arts Center at Holland Hall. The film celebrates the life and legacy of three time All-American, Gold Medal Olympian, Star, World Renowned Jazz musician and Tulsan, Wayman Tisdale. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Wayman Tisdale Story” features never before seen interviews with Wayman Tisdale as he tells his own life story from childhood to his battle with cancer. The film also features interviews with Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Toby Keith, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, A.C. Green, Jonathan Butler, Steve McKeever, Billy Tubbs and the Tisdale family. Emmy nominated documentary director Brian Schodorf produced and directed the film and will be speaking at the premiere. The Los Angeles Times says, “The Wayman Tisdale Story is a must-see film for all audiences.”
The Scott Carter Foundation is excited to join forces with filmmaker Brian Schodorf to host the first public screening of “The Wayman Tisdale Story.” The event will be just like a Hollywood premiere, complete with a red carpet, photo ops and the viewing of the hour-long documentary. Special guest Billy Tubbs will be attending.
“The Wayman Tisdale Story” has been featured in multiple film festivals and has won numerous awards. It also features the song “Cryin’ for Me” which was written and performed as a tribute to Tisdale by Toby Keith.
Wayman Tisdale passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer. He suffered from Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer that also took the life of Tulsan Scott Carter at age 13 in 1993. According to the American Cancer Society, each year about 800 new cases of Osteosarcoma are diagnosed in the United States. About 400 of these are in children and teens. Osteosarcoma is not a common cancer and more research is needed. To date, the Scott Carter Foundation has raised $1.7 million for Children’s Cancer research. Read more about the foundation at www.scottcarterfoundation.org.