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Utica native and Emmy-nominated writer and screenwriter Kim Bass has returned home ahead of his debut in the new movie Tyson’s Run.







NEW HARTFORD, NY – Utica native and Emmy-nominated screenwriter and screenwriter Kim Bass has returned home ahead of the debut of his new movie Tyson’s Run.

Tysons Run explores the life of a 15-year-old boy with autism who attends public school for the very first time. Bass said he focuses on young people trying to find the right path and not being deterred from pursuing their dreams.






Utica native and Emmy-nominated writer and screenwriter Kim Bass has returned home ahead of his debut in the new movie Tyson’s Run.


Bass said, “It was a movie that I felt compelled to do, I feel there’s a lot of bullying, a lot of misunderstanding from people who might be perceived as different.”

Bass grew up in Utica, NY, and was first inspired to become a director when his grandfather took him to his very first movie, Miracle of the White Stallion, at the Uptown Theater in Utica.

“I told my mom when I grow up I want to be able to do this, I want to do movies, I want to be what I call one of the magical people,” Bass said. “All these years later, I’ve come full circle and I can be back in my hometown among my loved ones and share with them a film that I think they would be proud to have been directed by one of theirs.”

Tyson’s Run also focuses on Tyson (played by Major Dodson) never letting his autism hold him back while yearning for his father’s approval. Bass told NewsChannel 2 that this film aims to encourage viewers to reflect on their lives.

Bass said: “What I hope is that they’re entertained first, but through that entertainment it also gets them to think about how they feel about themselves and to process themselves, and to how they feel about others and treat others.”

Tyson’s Run will debut March 4 at Marquee Theaters in New Hartford and nationwide.

Bass said, “I feel honored and privileged to be a filmmaker, and I’m doubly honored to have one of my films screened here in my hometown. It’s something special for me…I hope that people will come out and I hope they enjoy the picture.”

Bass tells NewsChannel 2 that the next film directed and written by Bass is called HeadShop which is also inspired by growing up in Utica which is set to hit theaters in the next few months.