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 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!
MORE ABOUT TOMMY OLIVERTommy 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.