The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its “Discovery” section selections this morning, and, on the list, you’ll find 2 or 3 we’ve been following for the last 12 months or so, while still in production, including, notably Tommy Oliver’s feature film debut, 1982.
The drama is based on a true story that revolves around a black father whose wife suffers from a crack cocaine addiction, and his efforts to protect his 10-year old daughter from having to experience life as the child of a drug addicted mother, while also trying to help her (the mother/his wife) become clean again.
The story is set in 1982 (hence the title) in Philadelphia, at the very onset of the crack epidemic, and stars Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Bokeem Woodbine, Lala Anthony, Quinton Aaron, with Wayne Brady and Ruby Dee.
Principal photography took place in Philly last summer, with Tommy Oliver directing from his own screenplay, as well as producing, along with Hill Harper and Heather Rae.
This will be the film’s World Premiere.
No trailer yet, but 3 new still images, courtesy of TIFF, are embedded within this post.
The “Discovery” section of the festival celebrates directors to watch – “The future of world cinema.“
The festival kicks off next month, September 5.