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AMANDA, the latest film from Award Winning Director, Ty Cooper, is a story about love, trauma, relationships, art and community. Cooper was able to capture the essence of a relatable story through the capturing of what he has referred to as "the art of life." Pulling from his own family's tragedies as well as a sense of community, he wrote the screenplay as an attempt to connect with audience members with similar experiences. He states, "love doesn't exist without the opposite and often, tragedy brings people together more than love does, but love is what makes it worth it."

The lead character in the film lost her mother to cancer when she was only 9 years old. She remembers the suffering of which her mother experienced and not much else. Living with this trauma, the film opens with a 28 year old Amanda, a painter awaiting to get her collection into an art gallery. As she struggles to complete the final piece, she finally finds a hint of love from a regular in her favorite coffee shop. She's forced to face the trauma which has haunted her since the passing of her mother.

  • Ty Cooper
  • Ty Cooper
  • Ty Cooper
  • Paige Rion
    Key Cast
  • David Straughn
    Key Cast
  • Richard Cooper
    Key Cast
  • Lisa S Moore
    Key Cast
  • Jon Emm
    Key Cast
  • Molly Greene
    Key Cast
  • Brendan Lynch
    Key Cast
  • Pry'ce James
    Key Cast
  • Heather VanCleave
    Key Cast
  • Marty Moore
  • Beatrix Ost
  • Declan Murphy
  • Keith Woodard
    Familiar Strangers
  • Susan Evans
    Associate Produers
  • Shannon Harrington
    Associate Produers
  • Ludwig Kuttner
    Associate Produers
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  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1 4K
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Director Biography - Ty Cooper

Ty Cooper, an Award-Winning Director, Writer, and Producer, was born and raised in New York City in the heart of Harlem. He was born two years after his parents migrated from North Carolina to New York, when Harlem was considered the capital of Black culture. Growing up in New York, Ty was always attracted to the finance and fashion sectors of the city. He attended high school as a marketing major on 33rd St. and Park Avenue. During his teenage years, he worked at Goldman Sachs and Bloomingdale's to satisfy his curiosity about those industries. Accepted by the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) and various other colleges, he decided to leave the state for new opportunities and attended Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. Here is where he founded his entertainment marketing company in his third year of matriculating. He promoted nationally recognized events and had up to 6,000 people in attendance.

Experiencing huge success as a promoter, Ty had a burning desire for storytelling. He wrote his first stage play titled "Please Papa Don't," which attracted over 1,000 people on the opening day. Although he had promoted an astounding 1,300+ events, his desire to become a storyteller grew steadily. His skill to film and direct came from the television commercials he produced for his company's advertising efforts and his clients. In 2005 after promoting a celebrity streetball tour for three years, Ty composed footage from various tour visits. He released the first volume of the New Legends of Streetball DVD with a successful international release. He later wrote more stage plays but focused annually on short plays.

Juggling a promotion and brand marketing firm, he had to take wide gaps between projects to manage his company. However, Ty was able to return to film-making and released the award-winning short film, Mingle, with great success at festivals and through his self-promoted public screenings. He has now turned up the heat with multiple screenplays written with a feature film currently in post-production, Amanda, to be released in 2022 and recently wrapping of the documentary, America's Darkest Future: The Cost of an Inaccessible Early Education. At the time of this writing, he is writing the narrative screenplay, Stain, with production to start in 2022.

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Director Statement

At times, it was difficult to write segments of the screenplay, Amanda. I developed the character by putting pieces of me and my family into the lead character. Amanda's mother died from cancer when she was only 9 years old. My mother fought and beat cancer, my dad is currently fighting cancer, and several of my very close uncles and aunts died from cancer. I'm no stranger to the trauma of which Amanda suffers from but hides so well. She hides her trauma from her friends that the audience is introduced to in her favorite coffee shop where you can find her sketching in her sketch book.

Amanda is an artist, a painter who paints her pain onto canvases. As a writer and filmmaker, I also place my pain into the words of my story. I have never visited a therapist, which doesn't mean that I do not need one, but my work has provided therapeutic results for me, and Amanda, well, she shares this trait.

I was motivated to make this film a few years ago when I was making the award winning film, Mingle, while my mom was in the hospital undergoing a procedure to remove cancerous lymph nodes. After creating the film at that time, I immediately directed my efforts on to the Amanda script. My goal with this film was simple, I wanted to tell a complicated story is the simplest way. Hug a stranger, say something sweet to someone behind the counter of your favorite deli, or simply pay attention. You never know what a person is masking and kindness can make a difference.

The part of the process which I was most nervous about was finding the perfect Amanda to play the role. I could not believe how lucky I was to find the actor, Paige Rion. I needed someone natural and whom I could bump into on the street and say to myself, "Amanda". I found her on Facebook. Unbelievable!!! I get lost within the character while viewing the film over and over again. It makes me feel that if anyone else were casted, it would have been a mistake.