Through the Eyes of a Filmmaker: Tommy Oliver

PHOTO I: Filmmaker Tommy Oliver (TO). Photo courtesy of TO. PHOTO II: Skywalker Ranch. Photo courtesy of TO. PHOTO III: Postproduction of 1982 at Skywalker Sound. Photo courtesy of TO. Photo IV: Postproduction of 1982 at Skywalker Sound. Photo courtesy of TO. PHOTO V: Test Screening of 1982 at Skywalker Sound. Photo courtesy of TO.

We are so proud to support Tommy and his personal and very moving film, 1982. I’m excited to follow his TIFF experience…His energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I know it will be a thrill seeing the premiere of his film unfold.
— Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360

We are immensely excited for filmmaker Tommy Oliver, recent SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant winner and A2E Distribution Lab participant - he is off to Toronto International Film Festival for his world premiere of 1982!  Tommy's directorial debut is a semi-autobiographical story - he wrote and produced it as well- and set in Philadelphia at the very onset of the crack cocaine epidemic. It tells the story of a black father whose wife succumbs to a crack cocaine addiction and his efforts to shield his 10-year old daughter from the ill effects of having a drug addicted mother while trying to wean his wife off of her addiction.  To be an active supporter of a talented filmmaker like Tommy and see him and the project off to premiere at a renown premiere, is celebrated a milestone for us too!

Tommy has shared some of his postproduction stills and Vines from Skywalker Ranch and will even get a closer look this week when he does a takeover of the Film Society's Instagram at his time at TIFF - starting today!


Tommy Oliver, producer of Kinyarwanda, a film Roger Ebert named to his top 10 films of 2011, is a strong believer in the transformative power of film. As a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he double majored in Economics and Digital Media, he developed a keen understanding for business as a whole. In addition to the 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award–winning Kinyarwanda, Oliver has produced three films, including his directorial debut 1982.