Oliver’s debut film ‘Home’ has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing.
A unique story told with a unique style, Oliver’s film “Home” tells the story of a man recovering from mental illness who is trying to rebuild his life.
The film, made independently for less than a million dollars stars Gbenga Akinnagbe (“The Wire,” “Savages”) as Jack, a man suffering from mental illness whose goal is to move out of the group home where he resides
and into a home of his own.
“My parents were both social workers,” shares Oliver, “and that’s probably where I got the gem in my head that there was a story worth telling about someone who is going through problems and dealing with things that so many people in this country deal with. There is close to anywhere between 40-60 million people who are dealing with some kind of mental illness at any one time. So there are a lot of people who deal with, but there is a stigma so they don’t talk about it.”
A movie which has already garnered several accolades including the Spirit of Freedom Narrative Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival, Best Feature at the San Francisco Film Festival, and a Best Actor award for its star Gbenga Akinnagbe, the underdog momentum already been gathered by Oliver’s debut feature is outstanding.
“This whole thing has been grass roots,” Oliver continues. “We raised money on Kickstarter and we also had people donate and now we are just trying to spread the word.”
With lots of eclectic characters, some humor and an uplifting ending, “Home” has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the best directing category. Oliver’s film is up against directors Malcolm D. Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday,” Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Lee Daniel’s “The Butler.”
The winner will be announced at 45th Image Awards on February 22.
“I am definitely honored to be nominated and I am very grateful that we are included. There are so many prestigious films nominated. Hopefully people will look at ‘Home’ and say it’s worth looking at and that is all we can hope for.”
“Home” releases on DVD/VOD March 25th
Check out www.homethefilm.com for more details
Pictured (top) Gbenga Akinnagbe as Jack (bottom) Jono Oliver at the Image Awards Luncheon (photo by Clinton H. Wallace/Photomundo International)