Written, produced and directed by Tommy Oliver, inspired by his life growing up in Philadelphia, “1982” depicts the lengths one man will go to save his family. Tim Brown is a devoted family man who has worked hard to provide a good life for his wife Shenae and daughter Maya. But all is threatened when Shenae’s old boyfriend returns from prison and lures her back into a dangerous lifestyle. Though his wife has abandoned him, Tim refuses to give up hope, fighting against impossible odds to bring his family back together in this powerful drama. An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, “1982” features an all-star cast including, Hill Harper (“Concussion,” “Limitless”) Sharon Leal (“Dreamgirls”), Bokeem Woodbine (FX’s “Fargo”), La La Anthony (“Power”), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), introducing Troi Zee, with Wayne Brady and the Oscar® nominated Ruby Dee (Best Supporting Actress, “American Gangster,”) in the final performance of her legendary career. “1982” awards include the Best Film/Audience Awards at the Austin Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival; Best Ensemble Acting and Best Director Award, Dallas Film Festival; Best Actor, Hill Harper, Santa Barbara Film Festival and First Time Fest NYC; Special Jury Award, First Time Fest, among others. Director Oliver joins us for a conversation on his very personal story and vivid depiction of a man trying desperately to hold on to those he holds dear.
We hope you will join us for this special film, “1982,” during its exclusive engagement at the Laemmle Fine Arts Theater begins February 26th. On Saturday, February 27th Tommy Oliver, Hill Harper, and Troi Zee be at the Fine Arts Theatre for a Q&A for the 7:30 and 9:00 PM screenings.
Lionsgate and Codeblack Films will release “1982” on DVD, Digital and On Demand on March 1, 2016. For more news and updates go to: lionsgateshop.com/
“The biggest takeaway from 1982, writer-director Tommy Oliver’s debut feature film, is that Hill Harper should simply be getting more roles. With a decades-spanning career … the actor and writer has had the fate of many a black actor in Hollywood: steady work, yes but with few opportunities for roles that show off his movie star potential. With 1982 that potential is on full display …” – Indiewire