Switching Lanes producer Shannon Nash shares with @Okayplayer her fond memories of the late, great Thomas Mikal Ford.
Thomas Mikal Ford, who passed away tragically and unexpectedly last year at the age of 52, is best known as Tommy “You Ain’t Got No Job!” Strawn on the classic ‘90s sitcom Martin. For five seasons straight, he kept us in stitches while it aired on Fox. But Ford was also a director of both stage and screen, and he also wrote two children’s books.
One of the last projects he directed was Switching Lanes, an Urban Movie Channel film about a small town in Georgia divided across racial lines and two teenage girls—one black, one white—played by Jamila Thompson and Victoria Staley, who decide to unite the town. Featuring cameos from fellow ‘90s comedic stars Kim Fields and Terri J. Vaughn, Switching Lanes also features a pre-Dope and The Get Down Shameik Moore.
Shannon Nash, a producer behind Switching Lanes, graciously shared her fond memories of working on the film and her friendship with Tommy Ford with @Okayplayer.