The Story of 12 Year Old Tamar Rice is Being Made Into Film!
On November 22nd 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio, Tamar Rice, a 12 year old African American boy was shot for brandishing a toy gun at a local park. Timothy Loehmann and Frank Gamback were the police offers who had attacked the boy and had responded to the situation after receiving a distress call that a black male kept pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people.
Almost three years after, Rice’s mother, Samaria admitted that she is now developing the story for the movie 12: The Tamar Rice Story alongside scriptwriters, Daniel Mashay Lee (The Mirror Man 2014) and Korstiaan Vandiver.
Vandiver who hails from Atlanta, the CEO of Blue Angel Entertainment which in conjunction with Nonara productions for the movie is also doubling as co director with Lee. Vandiver has been a part of major productions including his own movie LU, which stared Nate Parker and was a 168 film finalist with 11 nominations.
“I’m honored and very grateful to Korstiaan and Danielle for believing in me and this legacy for Tamir,” Rice’s mother said.
As sad a story as it is, we are nonetheless thankful about seeing the Rice story get immortalized, we just like Vandiver said believe that Rice’s narrative is so timely and yet so long overdue.