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By: Nathaniel J. Greene, Community & Culture Reporter

On May 9, Hollywood’s iconic TCL Chinese Theaters was the scene of glitz, glamour, and heartfelt moments as the independent film “Finding Tony” premiered to a packed audience. The movie, directed by award-winning filmmaker Raven Magwood Goodson and executively produced by NBA superstar Anthony Davis, drew over 320 enthusiastic attendees eager to catch a sneak peek of this inspiring sports drama.

Rebecca & David Justice (Photo credit: Darnell Brown)

A Star-Studded Affair

The red carpet was graced by the film’s stellar cast and crew, including Stephen Bishop, Raquel Justice, Brooke Sill, Executive Producer Billy Goodson, and Raven Magwood Goodson. VIP guests like David Justice, Hope Jordan, Bianca Bethune, and Isabelle Aloyman added to the evening’s excitement, making it a truly memorable affair.

Emotional Screening and Insightful Q&A

As the lights dimmed and “Finding Tony” began, the theater was filled with laughter, tears, and moments of awe. The story of former NBA star Tony Greene, portrayed by Stephen Bishop, resonated deeply with the audience. Greene’s journey from a grieving, alcoholic coach to a mentor for a troubled yet talented basketball player, Destiny, played by Raquel Justice, tugged at heartstrings and inspired many.

Actress Raquel Justice (Photo credit: Darnell Brown)

Following the screening, TV personality Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith hosted an engaging Q&A session. Bishop shared his personal connection to the role, revealing how portraying Tony helped him confront his own grief. Justice discussed her rigorous training regimen, which allowed her to authentically embody a dedicated basketball player.

Goodson, the film’s visionary director, spoke passionately about the film’s themes of mental health awareness and the importance of supporting women in sports.

Actor Stephen Bishop (Photo credit: Darnell Brown)

About Raven Magwood Goodson

Raven Magwood Goodson is no stranger to success. At just 28, she co-directed and produced the internationally acclaimed horror-comedy “Haunted Trail,” which became the #1 streaming film on BET+. Her latest venture, “Finding Tony,” is set to be one of the top independent films of 2024. Magwood Goodson’s dedication to storytelling and her ability to address critical social issues through film make her a standout talent in the industry.

Executive Producer Billy Goodson & Director Raven Magwood Goodson (Photo credit: Darnell Brown)

“Finding Tony” officially launched at midnight on May 10 and is now available for viewing on www.findingtonyfilm.com.