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Writer/Producer Waide Aaron Riddle to Produce the Film Drama 'A Grieving Man'

Oct. 21, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Veteran writer/producer Waide Aaron Riddle (“A Haunting in Arkansas”) producing the upcoming psychological drama “A Grieving Man.”

The film, written and produced by Riddle, tells the story of a troubled man who must confront the stages of grief alone after his wife dies suddenly of a massive brain aneurysm.

The film will star Georgina Okon (“Fugitive Zero”), Alexander Angelikis (“The Terminal List”), Rocky Abou-Sakher (“Logan”) and Brent Gutierrez (“American Sniper”).

“We’re still in the middle of casting and will be making an announcement soon about our final casting choices,” Riddle said. “But I’m excited to work with Georgina whom I’ve worked with in the past and is an exceptional actress, as well as Alexander, Rocky and Brent who are very talented and bring a lot of depth to their characters.”

Okon comes to the film after working as a regular on the Netflix supernatural series “Mortel,” and the upcoming film “Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice” from director Scott Cervine (“The Shadow Effect”). More recently, she appeared in the Sept. 27 episode of the CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola.”

“I’m excited to be a part of this engaging new film that examines visceral pain and impact of losing someone,” said Okon, whose work on “Fugitive Zero” earned her seven awards. “When I read Waide’s script I was stunned by the emotion and compelling characters that emanated from the written words. I can only imagine what it would be like on the screen!”

The film is based upon Riddle’s own past experience following the death of his parents and other close family members who made a significant impact in his life and led him to question his life choices and his own mortality.

“After quarantine started and I was walking the trails in Culver City and there was so much depression in the air that I started this story,” he recalled. “So I started writing. I’d been there with depression and went through the five stages of grief in my personal journey and wrote this story that shows what it’s like to experience these losses and what it does to you and those around you.”

Known for his films like “Something Wicked Dwells,” “The Lines In Their Faces,” the award-winning short film “Two Men Kissing,” Riddle is also known for his novels and books on his poems like “Dear Tom Hardy: I Love You!,” “The Chocolate Man: A Children's Horror Tale,” “The Night Elvis Kissed James Dean,” “The Power of Summer!” and others.

“A Grieving Man,” is produced by Riddle, with cinematography by Tigran Mutafyan, costume design by Mikael Sharafyan and music by Matt Alber.


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