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The Tiger Rising

Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid star in this beloved tale based on the New York Times best-selling book by Kate DiCamillo. When 10-year-old Rob Horton (Christian Convery) discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home, his imagination runs wild and life begins to change in the most unexpected ways. With the help of a wise and mysterious maid, Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school (Madalen Mills), he navigates through childhood memories, heartache, and wondrous adventures in this heartwarming adaptation.

Genres: Family Adventure

Run time: 102 mins

Cast: Christian Convery, Madalen Mills, Sam Trammell, Katharine McPhee, Dennis Quaid and Queen Latifah

Director: Ray Giarratana

Writer : Ray Giarratana

Producers: Ray Giarratana, Deborah Giarratana, Ryan Smith

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Christian Convery

Christian Convery

Rob Horton Jr.

Madalen Mills

Madalen Mills

Sistine Bailey

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Rob Horton Sr.

Dennis Quaid

Dennis Quaid

Beauchamp

Queen Latifa

Queen Latifa

Willie May

Ray Giarratana

Ray Giarratana

Director & Writer

Director's Statement
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THE TIGER RISING is about cages...the cages we build to protect ourselves from hurt, loss and pain.

The story is told through the eyes of Rob Jr., an imaginative 10-year old boy who is dealing with the loss of his mother. I felt it was important that we told this universal story in a mature and honest way that would resonate with all ages, even though the film's main characters are children. The film also takes us into the mind of Rob’s magical imagination — the way he sees his world and how he copes with his circumstances.

Another theme in the film is that not everyone responds to pain the same way. Rob’s new friend, Sistine, is dealing with the pain of her parents' divorce. Instead of holding everything inside, like Rob, she acts out boldly, both verbally and physically, and also in contrast to her more natural self as seen in her reactions to Rob's drawings and carvings.

Adults are no different. Rob’s father is struggling with his own grief over the loss of his wife, Caroline, which has changed his world dramatically and left him alone to raise his child. We can see his struggle to connect with his son during this time, knowing especially that Rob Jr. and his mom shared a special bond.

Willie May is the heart and soul of the film, essentially an angel in the form of a simple hotel maid. She speaks to the children through her years of life experience and her own hidden pain, meeting them right where they are. Her words are honest and true, and reach deep inside Rob and Sistine.

I wanted the film to have a thoughtful pace to enhance the feel of Rob’s world in rural northern Florida — the humidity in the air, the dew on the ground in the woods — the unrushed life of a child. I remember discovering Tommy Emmanuel's lyrical guitar incredibly moving and inspirational when I wrote the script. We used his guitar as a kind of "lead violin”, if you will, then surrounded his guitar with the orchestra, giving the film presence and emotional weight.

We crafted the camera work to be personal and unobtrusive, to help take the audience further into the story. The color palette and production design were specifically chosen to reflect Rob's fond memories of happier times when his mother was alive compared to the present, where Rob's world is colder and emptier.

And, of course, the tiger. The majestic animal that Rob finds in the woods behind the motel where he lives is symbolic of his emotions — they’re both in cages. The film explores the complications of opening up both of these cages and the release it finally brings. Ultimately, I hope the film resonates with children and adults alike, reminding them that they’re not alone, and giving them courage and hope to just take that next step towards healing and freedom.

Ray Giarratana The Tiger Rising

Official Short HD 30 Second Trailer

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Official Short HD 15 Second Trailer

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Meet Rob, a shy 12-year-old boy with a big heart and a love for woodworking. See #TheTigerRising in theaters January 21! #TigerRisingFilm

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Meet Sistine, a passionate girl who readily shows her emotions and desires to do the right thing. See #TheTigerRising in theaters January 21! #TigerRisingFilm

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(L to R) Madalen Mills as Sistine Bailey, Queen Latifah as Willie Mae in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Willie May (Queen Latifah) comforts Sistine (Madalen Mills) when a chain of events unfolds, leaving everyone in shock. Throughout the film, Willie May provides both advice and reassurance to both Rob and Sistine as they encounter new challenges along their journey to do right.

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(L to R): Christian Convery as Rob Horton Jr., Sam Trammell as Robert Horton Sr. in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Robert Horton (Sam Trammell) consoles his son when things escalate. While Rob (Christian Convery) battles bullies at school, Robert faces his own bully, boss Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid), who is both his employer as well as his landlord.

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Schicka as The Tiger in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Rob (Christian Convery) is shocked to learn Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) is keeping a caged tiger, hidden deep inside the woods behind the Kentucky Star motel, as a pet.

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(L – R) Christian Convery as Rob Horton and Madalen Mills as Sistine Bailey in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Rob (Christian Convery) turns to creative outlets when processing his emotions, from woodworking to drawing. Sistine (Madalen Mills) appreciates his creations, solidifying a bond between the two.

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Official HD Clip l “Wild Animals”

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Queen Latifah as Willie May in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING.

Willie May (Queen Latifah) serves as a wise mentor to Rob (Christian Convery) and Sistine (Madalen Mills) as they work to overcome life’s current challenges. She lends a compassionate ear to them both, and some sometimes hard to swallow advice. But, advice they need to hear none-the-less.

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(L to R): Dennis Quaid as Beauchamp, Sam Trammell as Robert Horton Sr. in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Robert Horton (Sam Trammell) lends a hand to Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) who often mistreats Horton and relishes the power he has over Horton as his boss at the Kentucky Star.

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"Ain't nobody gonna rescue you. You got to rescue yourself." - Willie May | Happy #DayofGoodwill, where many people focus on acting out of compassion and putting others before themselves. We think Willie May does a pretty good job of that already. 🙌 See #TheTigerRising in theaters January 21. #TigerRisingFilm

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Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. You're stronger than you think! See #TheTigerRising in theaters January 21. #TigerRisingFilm

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Standing up for your friends and family can make all the difference. See #TheTigerRising in theaters January 21. #TigerRisingFilm LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FILM: www.tigerrisingfilm.com

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Queen Latifah as Willie Mae Bailey in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

While Willie May (Queen Latifah) has endured a tough life herself, she does her best to help those in need, especially Rob (Christian Convery) and Sistine (Madalen Mills).

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(L – R) Dennis Quaid as Beauchamp, Christian Convery as Rob Horton and Madalen Mills as Sistine Bailey in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) tells Rob (Christian Convery) to cover his eyes as they trek through the woods toward a secret “surprise.”

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(L – R) Christian Convery as Rob Horton and Dennis Quaid as Beauchamp in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING.

Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) asks Rob Horton (Christian Convery) if he likes wild animals in a ploy to recruit him to feed his caged tiger as a side gig.

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(L – R) Queen Latifah as Willie May and Sam Trammell as Robert Horton Sr. in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Willie May (Queen Latifah) and Robert (Sam Trammel) discuss what to do after witnessing a disturbance in the woods.

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Schicka as The Tiger in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

While Sistine (Madalen Mills) is bent on setting the tiger free, Rob (Christian Convery) has his reserves, fearing the tiger won’t be able to survive on his own once the gate is unlocked.

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Christian Convery as Rob Horton in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Discouraged from the bullying at school, Rob (Christian Convery) sits in the parking lot of the Kentucky Star Motel and whittles a piece of wood, a hobby he picked up from his late mother. While she is gone, the act of whittling brings Rob a sense of closeness to her.

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Schicka as The Tiger in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Locked in his cage, the tiger sometimes lashes out at those standing outside his metal walls. Rob (Christian Convery) fosters a deep desire to help the tiger, as he feels locked in a metaphorical cage himself, unable to properly express his emotions.

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(L – R) Dennis Quaid as Beauchamp, Christian Convery as Rob Horton and Madalen Mills as Sistine Bailey in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

While Rob (Christian Convery) and Sistine (Madalen Mills) head out to see the tiger, Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) interrupts their journey, stopping to chat.

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(L – R) Christian Convery as Rob Horton and Dennis Quaid as Beauchamp in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

After asking if he likes wild animals, Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) takes Rob (Christian Convery) into the woods behind The Kentucky Star Motel. Not in Rob’s wildest dreams would he imagine finding a tiger.

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(L – R) Christian Convery as Rob Horton and Madalen Mills as Sistine Bailey in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Rob (Christian Convery) and Sistine (Madalen Mills) battle with whether Beauchamp’s (Dennis Quaid) caged tiger should be set free. They turn to Willie May (Queen Latifah), their wise friend and mentor, for guidance.

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Schicka as The Tiger in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Rob (Christian Convery) and Sistine (Madalen Mills) feel akin to the tiger, as all three of them are trapped in unfortunate circumstances of their own.

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Dennis Quaid as Beauchamp in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Beauchamp (Dennis Quaid) does not play “nice” as he is a constant source of brutal badgering for all who cross his path.

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(L to R) Queen Latifah as Willie Mae, Madalen Mills as Sistine Bailey, and Christian Convery as Rob Horton in the family, adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

Full of sound advice, Willie May (Queen Latifah) is seen as a “prophetess” in the eyes of Sistine (Madalen Mills) and Rob (Christian Convery).

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Schicka as The Tiger in the family adventure film, THE TIGER RISING

The Tiger (Schicka), a beautiful wild animal trapped in a cage with no escape. Rob (Christian Convery) develops a kinship with the tiger after relating to the feeling of being metaphorically trapped. Alongside his new friend Sistine, the pair make it their mission to set him free.

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#QueenLatifah spoke to @PeopleTV about her new family/adventure movie THE TIGER RISING, the story of a young boy who discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home. Watch the interview to see how Queen Latifah's role was a way to honor her mother.

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#DennisQuaid discusses @thehollywood_reporter the upside of working with children and animals in @HighlandFilmGroup’s #TheTigerRising, based on the book of the same name by #KateDiCamillo. The story follows a 12-year-old who discovers a tiger in a cage in the woods behind the Florida motel where he lives with his widowed father. #HighlandFilmGroup to handle World-Wide Sales.

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@tiff_net has officially started! The Great #QueenLatifah gave @variety an exclusive interview about the family-friendly movie #TheTigerRising. Based on the NYT best-seller, and co-starring #DennisQuaid, #ChristianConvery and #MadalenMills, the movie is in post and will screen soon! Stay tuned! #FamilyMovie #Family #UpcomingRelease #TIFF2020 #TIFF #Day1

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The exclusive first look of #TheTigerRising is out! Starring #QueenLatifah, #DennisQuaid, #MadalenMills and #ChristianConvery; directed by #RayGiarratana. HFG is currently handling WW sales at #EFM #EFM2020 #EuropeanFilmMarket @variety

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Adapted from the 2001 #NewYorkTimes bestselling children’s book, #TheTigerRising now speeds up with #SamTrammell, #KatharineMacPheeFoster and #ChristianConvery joining the cast alongside #QueenLatifah, #DennisQuaid and #MadalenMills! @deadline #AFM2019

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@TIFF_NET market begins tomorrow, and we’re thrilled: #TheTigerRising, with #DennisQuaid and #MadalenMills joining #QueenLatifah in the film adaptation of the #KateDiCamillo’s New York Times bestselling book! #Toronto #Tiff #Tiff2019 @deadline

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