Director's Statement

The Toms is about exclusion. Isolation. The pressure society puts on us to conform. It’s about the lengths to which people will go to fit in with a group they deem desirable. Tim represents an outsider, and he goes to extreme lengths to transform into someone he is not, for which he pays the price. I wrote this story initially because I kept meeting people named Tom, and as I explored it further, a deeper meaning and themes of conformity, vapidness, and isolation began to emerge. While dark yet comedic in nature, I hope this film shows people that they can truly be themselves—by showing them what could happen if they’re not.

—Thomas Verdi, Writer/Director

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