Christmas Swap, The

the-christmas-swapRelease Date:  2016; TV One
Genre:  Family/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Jerry LaMothe
Studio(s):   Swirl Films; TV One.
Cast:   Dondre Whitfield (Gerry Craig), Christian Keyes (Ellis Craig), Stella Doyle (Clara Craig), Diallo Thompson (Junior), Delpaneaux Wills (Paul), Chris Whitley (Josh), Tracey Heggins (Mia).

Story:  A down-on-his-luck single father (Dondré T. Whitfield) questions his decision to give up his dreams to take care of his ailing mother.  A Christmas miracle gives him a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he’d made a different choice.  The ensemble cast includes Christian Keyes, Tracey Heggins, Stella Doyle, Diallo Thompson, Delpaneaux Wills, and Chris Whitley.  Source(s):   TV One; Style Magazine.

Merry Christmas, Baby

merry-christmas-baby-stillRelease Date:  2016; UpTV
Genre:  Family/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Rhonda Baraka
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, UPTV.

Cast:  Malinda Williams (Marci), Victoria Rowell (Stephanie), Karon Riley (Blair), Gregory Alan Williams (Donald), Chrystale Wilson (Elizabeth), Deetta West (Myra), Lola Riley (Chandler), Nadej K. Bailey (Denny).

Story:  The Chandler family is back and bigger than ever! Determined to make her baby’s first Christmas a memorable one, Marci throws herself into both planning the perfect Christmas and building her new event planning business.  But when the business gets off to a rocky start and members of her family face their own hardships, Marci will discover that when your plans for a perfect Christmas start to fall apart, it just might be the miracle you need.  Source(s):  UpTV; IMDB.

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Believe

believeRelease Date:  12/2/16; Limited
Genre:  Drama/Inspirational
Rating:  PG
Director:  Billy Dickson
Studio(s):  Power of 3; Sony Pictures
Cast:  Ryan O’Quinn (Matthew Peyton), Danielle Nicolet (Sharon Joseph), Issac Ryan Brown (Clarence Joseph), Shawnee Smith (Dr. Nancy Wells), Kevin Sizemore (Albert Bagley), David DeLuise (Tom Blackhorn).

Story:   Believe centers on the annual Christmas pageant in the small town of Grundy, VA, where the automotive business backing the pageant has been hit by financial hardships.  When Matthew Peyton inherits the family business, he finds himself overwhelmed, as his business profits plummet and his workers begin to strike.  Matthew is forced to make a decision between selling the family business and cancelling the beloved pageant or sticking out hardships despite his rapidly declining popularity in the community.  Through chance events, Matthew meets Clarence, a boy who believes in miracles, and his mother Sharon.  His newfound friends impact Matthew’s life in a way he never thought possible and teach him to believe and give faith a chance.  Source(s):  Variety; Blackfilm.

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Merry Ex-Mas

merry-ex-masRelease Date:  12/10/16; TV One
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kenny Young
Studio:   Swirl Films; TV One

Cast:  London Brown (DeMarco), Angell Conwell (Katrina), Faune Watkins (Vilisa), Sean Patrick Thomas (Mitchell), Heather McMahan (Minnie), Patricia McRae (Diane), Jason Weaver (Perry), John ‘B.J.’ Bryant (Black Santa), Clifton Powell (Pastor Jordan).

Story:   A mild mannered, single mother, Katrina Jackson (Angel Conwell), and A.D.D. sufferer, DeMarco Gamble (London Brown) are two loving parents raising their daughter in separate households. When DeMarco falls in love with another woman, Vilisa Whitaker (Faune Watkins), and plans a Christmas wedding, Katrina sets in motion a diabolical plan to ruin their fairy tale wedding.  Source(s):  Style Magazine; IMDB.