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Bunee: The Boy from Constanța

After spending the first six years of his life in the dreadful Romanian orphanage system of the 1980’s and 1990’s, a young boy searches for something to drive him in his new world and discovers that filmmaking could be the engine for his personal growth.

  • Bunee Tomlinson
  • Bunee Tomlinson
  • Tommy Tomlinson
    Key Cast
  • Susan Tomlinson
    Key Cast
  • Bunee Tomlinson
    Key Cast
  • Brady Foster
  • Patrick Brian Kirk
  • Brian Gilliland
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Bunee Tomlinson

Bunee was born in Constanța, Romania and lived in the orphanage system there until age 6, when he was adopted by parents on Oklahoma. He attended the Oklahoma Film Academy in Oklahoma City. His short films have been accepted to many film festivals throughout the country and garnered several awards. He is currently finishing his film BFA as a Milagro Scholar in the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

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Director Statement

When my instructor in film school insisted that I do my life story for a grade, I was very reluctant. As I researched my old orphanage in Cernavoda, Romania, I found an internet site run by a volunteer who was at the orphanage when I was there. I was able to contact him and that set off a chain reaction of finding people who had done volunteer work there and I was amazed that they all remembered me and had pictures of me. This got me excited and I felt telling the story could touch both children and parents alike. It is a story of one child and two parents finding their way through totally uncharted territory.