Based on the true story from the award-winning book, “A Face of Courage,” “RESILIENT” is a visceral inspirational drama in the vein of ‘Blindside’ and ‘Pursuit of Happyness.’ It is the heart-wrenching retelling of a foster care child raised in the unforgiving streets of the Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado in the 1980s and 90s who faced insurmountable odds at every turn in his life. But through true grit and unrelenting determination, he avoided gangs, combated drug-addicted parents, and defied the horrid foster care system in hopes of achieving his childhood dream of playing in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. Though that dream never came to fruition, Dr. Tommy went on to become an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker helping other young, lost and hopeless men and women change the trajectory of their lives.
Tonally, ‘Resilient’ is a robust mash-up of the best parts of urban crime drama, inspirational sports films and the emotional roller-coaster that makes underdogs-facing-insurmountable-odds movies so beloved. The audience is hungry for inspirational underdog stories, resilient heroes, and courageous overcomers who pulled up their bootstraps and made themselves into somebody no matter what precarious life situations they were born into.
The world of ‘Resilient’ launches off at the height of the crack epidemic of the 80s and 90s. It shines a glaring light on the universal themes of God, faith, destruction of the family unit, community, and self-reliance. The social and governmental commentary is biting. The drama: intense, brutally honest, a heart-wrenching whirlwind of palpable emotions. The takeaway: Dr. Watson inspires all of us to dig within the deep recesses of our souls to hold on to that glimmer of hope. To follow your dreams unflinchingly. To be a radical success. To be significant. It is a story that needs to be told. It is time for the world to hear the story of Dr. Tommy Watson.
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