“Home,” the multiple award-winning feature film starring Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, Graceland, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Savages), opened November 22nd at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood and the Quad Cinema in New York for a limited (one week) run.“Home” is the story of a man recovering from mental illness, who tries to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged son by accomplishing one primary goal: moving out of the group home where he resides and into an apartment of his own. It’s an inspirational film about courage, friendship, family, relationships… all coming from one man’s simple goal of trying to live a “normal” life.
In addition to Akinnagbe—who recently starred as “Bello” in Graceland, “Home” features Tawny Cypress (House of Cards, World Trade Center, Autumn in New York, Heroes), Danny Hoch (The Thin Red Line, Bamboozled, Black Hawk Down), James McDaniel (Detroit 1-8-7, Malcolm X, NYPD Blue) Joe Morton (American Gangster, Stealth, Terminator 2) and KK Moggie (The Sleeping Dictionary, Mercy) among its talented cast members.
“Home is a ubiquitous story about hope, redemption and moving forward in life that on some level I think all of us can relate to,” said the film’s writer and director, industry veteran Jono Oliver. “It is a drama that involves a man who is, at times, against all odds. Yet, throughout his journey, while the stakes are high and his chances of success might seem bleak, his determination, and interactions - with a colorful assortment of characters - give this world a sense of humor, humanity, and – despite the serious subject matter – make the story fun.”
This is Oliver’s first feature film directing project. In 1999 he wrote, produced, and directed the highly acclaimed short film, “The Window,” which was an official selection of over 25 film festivals, including the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. Oliver is currently the First Assistant Director on “Blue Bloods” for CBS TV. In addition to “Blue Bloods,” Oliver has been First Assistant Director on “The Great Debaters,” “John Tucker Must Die,” “Law & Order,” and “Barbershop 2” among many others.
In 2013, “Home” was an official selection of close to 20 International Film Festivals and has won a number of awards and honors including Best Feature at the 2013 San Francisco Black Film Festival; The Industry Choice Award at Dances With Films 2013; Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Awareness Festival (Santa Monica, CA); the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Sacramento Film & Music Festival, Best Feature and Best of Festival at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville.