Uncle Tommy, the man who founded Newsweek

Did you know that Thomas John Cardell Martyn, founder of the magazine Newsweek is buried in Agroland, a city of 9,000 inhabitants in the interior of Santa Catarina, South Brazil?

  • Loli Filmes
    Selma after the Rain
  • Loli Filmes
  • Marko Martinz
  • Loli Menezes
    Selma after the rain, Uncle Tommy
  • Malcon Bauer
    Key Cast
    "Unle Tommy"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tio Tommy, o homem que fundou a Newsweek
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    55,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    4k, and full HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • It's all True
    São Paulo
    April 10, 2021
    Brazilian Premiere
  • Durban International Film Festival
    South Africa
    July 20, 2021
    Africa Premiere
  • Festival Guarnicê de Cinema
    São Luiz
    September 26, 2021
Director Biography - Loli Filmes

Brazilian Filmmaker, graduated in Psychology from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Loli studied Cinema at the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL), where she formed as filmmaker, producer and art director.
Founding Partner and Executive Producer of the production company Vinil Filmes, since 2005. Executive Producer, Director and Art Director of the awarded short movies "Ocorredor" (2002); "This Is Not a Movie" (2007) and "Selma after the Rain (2019)".
She has worked as art director and costume designer for over 20 years, receiving the awards from best art direction for "Barbed Wire Kisses" (2010), and best costume design for "Velvet & Broken Glass" (2004); both from the director Marco Martins.
Loli was in charge of the Executive Production and Direction of the series "Meetings" (2008), "Movie Stories" (2009) and "70's Island" (2010), shown on open TV (affiliated with Rede Globo). She worked as a local producer on the soap opera “Insensato Coração”, from Rede Globo (2010).
She produced the documentaries “É Bucha” (2012), “Bolachas” (2012), “Túlio Piva - Silver Tambourine” (2016) and “Port Mirage” (2017).
Loli is currently finalizing her first feature documentary "Uncle Tommy", a public funded project where she signs Executive Production and Direction; she is disclosing the awarded short film "Selma After the Rain", where she signs Executive Production, Direction and Art Direction (screened in 16 countries and awarded by Best Brazilian Short Film - BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival (USA 2020) / Best Drama Short - Annual CPH Film Festival (Copenhagen 2020) Menção Especial na Competição Lutas e Direitos das Mulheres - Porto Femme (2020); Melhor Direção, Melhor atriz, Melhor Montagem - Curta Taquary (2020); Melhor Direção - Mix Brasil (2019); Honorable Mention for best narrative short (ISA Hollywood - IMDB); Special Mention (London-X4 Short Film Festival SPRING 2019); Indicado para representar o Brasil no Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2020).
Loli is developing her first feature fiction, the exploitation "Gooseberry Blood", as executive producer and co-director, in partnership with Marco Martins. She has won 4 pitching awards [Horror Contest Madrugada Sangrenta - Roger Corman special (2014)- and Entrefronteras Market (2019)] and seeks international co-production. She is also developing, as executive producer, the horror series "Island of Horror - The Cartilage", which will be released in comics later this year by Darkside Books publisher.

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Director Statement

This project was born out of a great mystery. Why did a man who had such relevance in the history of the US press ended his days in the interior of Santa Catarina, in the small town of Agrolândia? Thomas John Cardell Martyn's trajectory is shrouded in questions that need to be answered, and this documentary proposes itself to investigate all the intricacies of this story. A family narrative, when a young Agrolandian who is investigating the case, discovers that this illustrious personality who is buried in his small town, is his great-uncle. A journey through the history of his own family that goes from personal to universal, since Thomas John Cardell Martyn is said to be involved with important issues, such as political relations between the United States and Brazil. A counterpoint to the historical perspective is Thomas's personal story, which is shrouded in mysteries and poorly explained facts. An intellectual who abandoned a life built and recognized to go into exile in another country and never returned to his homeland. Why? It is a film that explores curiosity and research. What guides the film are the questions and not the answers, it is the process and not the end. This investigation, told through a road-movie, takes place in different countries and continents, seeking answers about this intriguing man and how he became Uncle Tommy. This documentary has great historical relevance for Brazil, USA and England, having the potential to travel the world, bringing international visibility to documentary cinema produced in Brazil.