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Hill Harper, Ruby Dee, Elise Neal, Michael K. Williams To Star In "Kinyarwanda" Producer's Directorial Debut

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 2, 2012 5:37 PM
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And that Kinyarwanda producer's name is Tommy Oliver. Remember it! :)

Details are limited on this particular project, but this is what I know:

First, it's titled 1982; second, its based on a true story; third, the story 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; fourth, the story is set in 1982 in Philadelphia, at the very onset of the crack epidemic; fifth, Hill Harper, Ruby Dee, Elise Neal, Michael K. Williams and Keri Hilson are starring, with others names circling the project; sixth, shooting begins in Philly next month; and seventh, Tommy Oliver is directing from his own screenplay (his feature film directorial debut), as well as producing, along with Hill Harper and Heather Rae

Enough info there to tickle your interest; but when I know more, so will you.

And while this is Tommy's feature film directorial debut, his resume includes 2 short films that he directed, as well as several projects on which he served as DP, editor, and even actor.

Stay tuned... 

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  • Mikee White | June 24, 2012 11:03 PMReply

    Congrats doc see you at the top

  • james evans from the cabrini-green | May 7, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    Hmm. The overall package does have a "Straight to Walmart DVD" feel to it, based on the information given. But who knows. Hope this is the flick that boosts Hill's star.

  • CareyCarey | May 6, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    Good cast -- interesting subject matter -- Tambay said: "Tommy Oliver", remember that name! Okay, I'm all in -- but -- I do have a few concerns. First, I am not apposed to "drug addict" movies -- at all. My concerns centers on how the addict's journey and the addict, are seldom -- if ever -- given the proper "voice". In most cases the addict is either a broke-down and busted out crackhead/junkie -- and/or they have a miraculous recovery -- OH HAPPY DAY. I am suggesting there are many many roads less traveled -- NUFF SAID. Now, Ruby Dee? Can I say it -- I see "Ruby Dee" in most of her recent roles... if you know what I mean? But again, I am all up in this one because it seems to have the "ingredients" for a fine film. The actors are going to do their thang -- so -- I believe it all depends on the depth of the script and the director's vision.

  • Miles Maker | May 3, 2012 11:05 AMReply

    I'm not bullish about yet another down & dirty drug-addicted movie but I'm looking forward to supporting Tommy as a new voice in Black independent cinema. I just hate feeling like I've scene this movie already. I hope the plot/storyline contributes something new to the conversation--Best Wishes all around.

  • Andre | May 2, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    Good for you Tommy!

  • Jamie | May 2, 2012 6:52 PMReply

    Sounds interesting - cool cast.

  • HellandHighWater | May 2, 2012 6:09 PMReply

    Oh no. Tommy Oliver. Oh lawd is right. He's a certified nutcase. Ask around. Hill can do this kind of flick that goes no place but not Michael K! Don't do it, Mike! You're too good for this!!!!

  • notatroll | May 2, 2012 8:24 PM

    That's why I hardly ever come to Indiewire and especially S&A in the first place. Everyone wants to be a hater for no good reason. It sounds like a solid project for both Hill and Michael K. Congrats to all involved.

  • Nadine | May 2, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    OH LAWD... Really... Thanks Hill...

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