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Thursday, April 22, 2021
Chicago's TOM of YOUR LIFE Premieres at MUSIC BOX May 7-13, 2021 (Chicago, IL.)
Live each day like it’s the last one on earth
Depaul Master Film Thesis: A boy becomes a man every four hours
Filmmakers and cast will attend the Chicago premiere on May 8th beginning
at Music Box Theatre’s Lounge & Garden at 5:45 pm. Pre-show
entertainment will be provided by The Blackstrap Molasses with a few
songs from the movie. The party is free and open to the public. A free
TOM OF YOUR LIFE face mask will be provided to all in attendance. RSVP
7:00pm screening will be hosted by Patrick McDonald of Hollywood
Chicago following a Q&A with talent. Tickets to the screening are
available at Music Box Theatre
Chicago, IL – (April 14, 2021) – Written and directed by acclaimed
singer-songwriter Jer Sklar, Music Box Theatre will screen Chicago comedy TOM OF YOUR LIFE from May 7-13. Featuring an
original soundtrack with 11 original songs from his local band THE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, Sklar also
edited, produced and stars.
“It was clear when he worked for me on my show that this was one
smart, talented dude!” -
TOM OF YOUR LIFE tells the story of a baby who inexplicably ages
four years on each hour. With his mother sedated, a rebellious nurse takes it
upon herself to sneak him out of this rural hospital and on the road to Chicago
to show him what life is all about. Inspired by offbeat comedies like HAROLD AND MAUDE and THE LAST DETAIL, the “coming - and
going - of age” story asks
us to reexamine how we’re living our life and to see our milestone markers with
fresh eyes, a story that couldn’t be more timely in this age of Covid.
is one of my favorite movies of 2020” –
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
With Sklar in the titular role, the film also stars Broadway
actress and Steppenwolf Theater School
vet Baize Buzan (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, SXSW
hit OUR FATHER) in her motion
picture debut, alongside journeymen actors James Sharpe (PARKS AND
RECREATION, MAD MEN), Paul Tigue (THIS
IS US) and Mike Nussbaum (MEN IN
BLACK). The film also found multiple versions of “young Tom” with Chicago
theater actor Dominic Rescigno and three real-life brothers - Levi, Judah and
Joshua Paul. Half of the proceeds from the Music Box
screenings will go to SAVING TINY HEARTS, the Paul family’s non-profit
organization dedicated to eliminating Congenital Heart Disease.
In TOM OF YOUR LIFE, the city of Chicago plays a prominent role in
front of and behind the camera. After
spending many years in Hollywood, Sklar moved back to Chicago to attend film
school at DePaul.
“Frankly I was jealous of the kids growing up
able to make feature films on their phones, record their own music, color
correct, edit, all on their laptop…I was made for these times, but I was still
just a guy from analogue-land, born too early. Now that technology caught up
with my dreams, I thought it was now or never to learn the technology and make
the kind of movies I always wanted to.” Sklar used his industry connections to
raise money during the four years he was learning the technical side of
filmmaking. For TOM OF YOUR LIFE he assembled a formidable team of Chicago talent including Cinematographer Christopher
Rejano (KNIVES AND SKIN), FX Make-Up
Artist David Ian Grant, Production Sound Mixer Jacob Brown and Post-Production
Audio team, Noise-Floor, Ltd.
A Highland Park native, Sklar grew up in a hub of Hollywood
activity thanks to the filming of Paul Brickman’s RISKY BUSINESS and multiple John Hughes productions. After moving
to Los Angeles to study acting and music, Sklar became a Development Executive
and helped launch the Chris Rock-produced
series TOTALLY BIASED.
As a musician, actor,
writer, director, editor and producer, Sklar took a “now or never” approach to
making his debut feature film. With producer James Sharpe and Emmy-winning
executive producer Chuck Sklar (whose
writing credits include work for THE
CHRIS ROCK SHOW, THE 2020 OSCARS, BILL MAHER, and JAY LENO).
“... We felt the theme of TOM in our souls: It had to be NOW!”
The original soundtrack for the film was composed and performed by
Sklar’s Chicago band THE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, creating a “music-driven
narrative.” The album of 11 original songs is due out this summer. Additional
musicians include Phillip Hunger, Joel Gutman and many others.
Sklar plans on continuing making films in
Chicago and is currently developing his next feature under his Satori!Studios
Assets Available: Screener, Movie Stills, Trailer, and Interview with Jeremy
Evening Host: Patrick McDonald is a film critic, entertainment writer and broadcaster, and his take on film appears on HollywoodChicago.com (Writer,
Editor), and on WBGR-FM, WSSR-FM and WGN-AM. He has been a member of
the Chicago Film Critics association and has made TV appearances
covering the film scene on Fox32 News, WGN-TV Morning News and “190
North” on ABC7 in Chicago. He has served as a moderator for Chicago’s
Asian Pop-Up Cinema series, and has covered the Sundance, SXSW and
Tribeca Film Festivals.