The winner of the Narrative Feature Competition is selected by a jury.
Wayne Brady is an evil drug dealer. Now that I have your attention…
Tommy Oliver’s directorial debut, 1982, paints a cracked portrait of the effects of drug addiction on a struggling Philadelphia family.
Tim is a hard working husband to Shenae and loving father of Maya. At first Tim and Shenae’s marriage appears to be deteriorating due to possible infidelities, but it’s actually her drug addiction that is ripping this family apart. Young Maya is forced to watch her mother’s desperate attempts to pay for her next fix, while local drug pusher, Alonzo (played by the aforementioned Wayne Brady) is lurks around the house always looking to make matters worse. Things start to steamroll from bad to worse to tragic as Tim tries to hold it all together.
Deftly directed, 1982 offers a vivid insight into the beginnings of the crack epidemic that portrays the problem honestly, without preaching, and crescendos in a final 20 minutes that will leave audiences reeling.