Tommy Oliver

Tommy Oliver

*CAA has signed Tommy Oliver, whose semi-autobiographical debut film “1982” premiered in Toronto last night to rousing applause at the Isabel Bader Theatre, reports

The drama follows a father’s struggle to protect his 10-year old daughter from the reality of her mother’s addiction to crack. The cast includes Hill Harper, Elise Neal, Lala Anthony, Ruby Dee, Wayne Brady, Bokeem Woodbine and Sharon Leal.

Hill Harper and Lala Anthony in "1982"

Hill Harper and Lala Anthony in “1982”

Wayne Brady in '1982"

Wayne Brady in ‘1982″

The film drew on Oliver’s upbringing in Philadelphia when the crack cocaine epidemic decimated cities across the country.

View an interview with Oliver on the set of “1982” below.