ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES YOUNG AND KIRKLAND STAR IN “TOM IN AMERICA” making International Premiere at Festival Des Films Du Monde Montreal 2014
— New York, NY —(August 19th, 2014) Oscar nominees Burt Young and Sally Kirkland star in the Flavio Alves’ film Tom in America which will have it’s International premiere at the Festival Des Films Du Monde Montreal 2014.
Two of the most recognizable stars in film take on the roles of Michael and Betty, a couple whose happy 50-year marriage is rocked when Michael finds a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggering his long buried desires. Suddenly, the couple is faced with difficult questions about themselves, their relationship and their future.
The film is formally endorsed by the “Tom of Finland” Foundation and marks Burt Young’s first career role as a gay man.
The director and stars will be on hand for a live Q&A session following the premiere’s screening on August 23rd and 24th.
Young believes audiences “will react with tenderness” to Tom in America. Kirkland agrees, “I think the film will touch people’s hearts.”
“Burt Young and I have a long history being with the Actors Studio, Kirkland said. “It was thrilling to act with him. He’s brilliant. The whole cast was wonderful.”
Mr. Young’s credits include: “Rocky” 1-5 with Sylvester Stallone, “Once upon A time in America” with Robert De Niro, “New York I Love You” with Natalie Portman, “Mickey Blue Eyes” with James Caan and “China Town” with Jack Nicholson.
Ms. Kirkland’s credit include: “JFK” with Kevin Costner, “Bruce Almighty” with Jim Carrey, “Blazing Saddles” with Gene Wilder, “EdTV” with Matthew McConaughey and “Factory Girl” with Guy Pearce and Jimmy Fallon.
Other notable cast members include Alex Kruz from the multiple award winning Native American film "Red Cloud: Deliverance" which currently plays at Comic Con events around America. Mr. Kruz’s credits include: “Criminal Justice” with James Gandolfini, “The Good Wife” with Bebe Neuwirth, and “The Americans” with Noah Emmerich.
Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer, film director, and producer. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY).
In 2007, Alves returned to school to study film production at New York University, where he received the Technisphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. Since then, he has directed and produced more than 20 films. He is best known for the film “The Secret Friend”, which was accepted into more than 90 film festivals around the world, and received 25 awards, including Best Short Film at Cleveland International Film Festival, Amsterdam International Film Festival, and Savannah Film Festival. Mr. Alves’ new film, “Tom in America”, featuring an ensemble cast that includes two Academy Award nominees, Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, premiered at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
In 2008, Alves founded Queens Pictures LLC, a New York based film production company.
For more information about “Tom in America,” and for press interviews with Director Flavio Alves, please visit www.tominamerica.com.
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