The film was shot in West Oak Lane on Andrews Ave Philadelphia neighborhood where writer, directer and producer Tommy Oliver, grew up.
The film was a family and friend project as many of his participated in the making of it, even flying in from California to work as a favor. Actor David Bianchi told me "Tommy is the kind of friend you do that for." The home used in the movie is in reality Oliver's grandmother's house. His grandmother is played by Ruby Dee. He told me his grandmother was thrilled when she met him.
Bokeem Woodbine and Hill Harper
Director Tommy Oliver and Troi Zee
A surprise add to the cast the day I was there, Wayne Brady, who was so thin I didn't even recognize him. I loved seeing the cars from the '70s like the Pinto that wouldn't start and they had to push down the hill to jump start it, or the vintage clothing, which came from Echochic in Philadelphia. The last film Oliver produced, Kinyarwanda, won the audience award at Sundance and was ranked #6 on Roger Ebert's top 10 films of 2011.
duo leaving the restaurant.