EoM Senior Interviewer Thomas Manning recently spoke with director Sean Schiavolin and executive producer John Papola about their documentary short To My Father, the Tribeca International Film Festival selection which tells the beautiful story of Oscar-winner Troy Kotsur’s relationship with his late father, Leonard.
The filmmakers discuss the unique narrative and technical opportunities of exploring Kotsur’s story in documentary form. Schiavolin and Papola also speak on the film’s exploration of the importance of compassion and empathy in fatherhood.
If you prefer an audio version, you can listen to the full interview here:
To My Father follows Deaf actor Troy Kotsur’s journey to winning an Oscar and his father’s inspiring influence on him, despite a tragic accident.
Screening during Tribeca Film Festival 2023.
For more information about Dads Save America, head to their official website.
Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.