Love By Chance

Release Date:    6/17/17 – American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Romance/Comedy
Running Time:  106 mins.
Director:  Samad Davis
Cast:  Altovise Lawrence, Atandwa Kani, Terri J. Vaughn, Clifton Powell, E. Roger Mitchell, Lil Zane, Carl Anthony Payne II, Desi Banks.

Story:  Two aspiring actors from South Africa who are independently in America trying to crack into an extremely difficult and over saturated Hollywood industry, meet by chance. Between the everyday struggle of auditioning, dealing with daily rejection, self-doubt, financial hardship, crazy friends and a crazy dating scene, who has time for love?  Source:  abff.com.

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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.

A Weekend With The Family

a/k/a Dinner with the Stankershets

A Weekend With The Family

Release Date:  7/17/16; TV One
Genre:  Romance/Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio:  Footage Films

Cast:  Marques Houston (Travis Stankershet), Karrueche Tran (Courtney Clancy), Wendy Raquel Robinson (Nip Stankershet), Clifton Powell (Dingo Stankershet), Dorien Wilson (John Clancy), Suzanne Whang (Sue Clancy), Black Thomas (Sargent Stankershet), Chantel Jeffries (Catherine Clancy), Shondrella Avery (Rosie).

Story:  Film follows Travis Stankershet (Marques Houston) a young attorney who looks to gain a position at a prestigious law firm. Travis’ loving girlfriend Courtney Clancy (Karrueche Tran) decides to arrange a surprise family weekend get-together, however things don’t go as planned with the arrival of his outlandish family, the Stankershets.  When Far East customs come up against the salt of the earth folks from the Deep South, hilarity ensues. In the end, Travis must find a way to make the two families peacefully co-exist long enough for him to propose to the woman he loves.  Source:  Shadow and Act.

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A Baby For Christmas

A Baby for ChristmasRelease Date: 12/13/15 (UpTV)
Genre: Family/Holiday
Rating: NR
Running Time:  120 mins.
Studio: Swirl Films
Director: Rhonda Baraka

Cast:  Malinda Williams (Marci), Victoria Rowell (Stephanie), Karon Riley (Blair), Clifton Powell (Gavin), Gregory Alan Williams (Donald), Kristoff St. John (Lawrence), Jasmine Burke (Wilhelmina), Chrystale Wilson (Elizabeth), Deetta West (Myra).

Story:  Third installment of UP’s popular Chandler family Christmas movies.  This Christmas, the Chandler family, much to Stephanie’s (Victoria Rowell) dismay, seem to be distracted from the usual family holiday traditions. Marci (Malinda Williams) and Blair (Karon Riley), who tied the knot in last year’s Marry US For Christmas, are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child due on Christmas day. The couple is doing everything in their power to ensure that they have the perfect baby girl – from meditation to changing their eating habits. Work-wise, Marci is trying to juggle impending motherhood with meeting the demands of her top client, Friendly Family Floral. Blair is back to running his own firm. Money is tight but he and Marci are happy and eagerly awaiting the arrival of their little bundle of joy. Meanwhile, Marci’s Aunt Myra (DeEtta West) and Uncle Donald (Greg Alan Williams), who recently retired, are feeling useless. Eventually they find a meaningful way to occupy their time at the urging of Donald’s cousin, Gavin Brooks (Clifton Powell). Aunt Elizabeth (Chrystale Wilson) is obsessed with getting a promotion at work. Add to the mix, Stephanie’s blooming romance with Lawrence (Kristoff St. John) – who is torn between being with her or continuing his mission work. It appears the Chandler’s have abandoned their Christmas traditions and lost the spirit of Christmas. That is, until a group of kids at an orphanage helps the family to realize there is more to Christmas than wrapping gifts and baking cookies. Source(s): UPtv; IMDB.

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Fear Files

(f/k/a Fright Night Files)

Fear FilesRelease Date 3/13/15 (TV One)
Genre:  Horror/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio(s):  UpToParr Productions; TV One
Directors:  Russ Parr, Mark Freiburger

Details:  Robin Givens, Columbus Short and Lynn Whitfield headline TV One’s next installment of its horror anthology, “Fear Files” (formerly “Fright Night Files”) with 3 new terrifying tales of love, revenge and murder, on Friday, March 13 at 8PM/ET.

According to Shadow & Act, Radio One Founder and Chairperson, Cathy Hughes said, “Buoyed by the positive viewer and social media response to the inaugural airing, we are pleased to be able to deliver another installment of this compelling and entertaining series. Delving deeper into the horror genre helps fulfill TV One’s mission of super-serving the Black audience with a wide variety of programming genres reflecting the diversity of content Black viewers want to see.

The trilogy event will feature the following stories:

For The Love of Lockwood Too
Starring Nadine Ellis, Sean Blakemore, Eva Marcille and Lynn Whitfield. Lockwood Masters (Blakemore) is back and has another victim in his sights, the beautiful Bianca Wayne (Ellis). After a love potion overdose from Madam Mabry (Whitfield), Lockwood cannot help but devour the women he falls in love with. When Lockwood’s first wife and victim Marla Peters (Marcille) makes a ghostly appearance, Lockwood is trapped between delusions and reality. Meanwhile, Bianca is battling her heart’s desire to fall for this charming man and, much like Marla, she too questions how far she’d go for the love of Lockwood.

Mama’s Boy
Starring Robin Givens, Clifton Powell, Mishon Ratliff and Malachi Malik. Elaine Channing (Givens) is a loving mother with a terrifying secret. All of the men she becomes involved with are met with a tragic end. Desperately, she fears her son is murdering her lovers. In a bizarre twist, Elaine must decide how far she will go to protect her son.

 Fire
Starring Columbus Short, Mel Jackson and Erica Hubbard. When City Councilman Harvey Jordan (Short) unveils a plan to build a football stadium in a low income neighborhood, friction erupts within the community. After a lethal fire removes the last resident blocking his project, many begin to question if this death was in fact an accident, or has the Councilman’s ambition led to murder. The truth begins to haunt him as a determined reporter, Kelisia Waters (Hubbard) will stop at nothing to get answers she desires. Sources: Shadow & Act, EurWeb.

The Choir Director

Drama in the Church

Release Date:   2/5/18 (TBA)
Genre:  Drama
Rating: NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Urban Books Media
Director: Trey Haley
Cast:  Darrin Dewitt Henson (Aaron Mackie), Christian Keyes (Dante Wilson), Clifton Powell (Bishop T.K. Wilson), Valarie Pettiford (First Lady Charlene Wilson), Denise Boutte (Simone Wilcox), Drew Sidora (Tanisha), Kellita Smith (Anita Emerson), Roger Guenveur Smith (Trustee Jonathan Smith), Rose Wakesho (Aisha), Jaleel White (Deacon James Black), Anna Maria Horsford (Deaconess Moss).

Details:  Part Two of New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber’s “Drama in the Church” trilogy  – The Preacher’s Son, The Choir Director and The First Lady.

Story:  Bishop T.K. Wilson has done all he can to make First Jamaica Ministries a success, but with his last choir director getting caught in a scandal, attendance and cash flow are down. The Bishop is counting on a new choir director to revive the church. Little does he know, this decision may also put his job as the Bishop — as well as his family — in jeopardy. Source: IMDB.  Photo Source:  Facebook.

The Preacher’s Son

Drama in the Church

Release Date:  3/3/17; Netflix
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  110 mins.
Studio: Tri Destined Studios, Urban Books Media
Director: Trey Haley

Cast: Christian Keyes (Dante Wilson), Clifton Powell (Bishop T.K. Wilson), Valarie Pettiford (First Lady Charlene Wilson), Drew Sidora (Tanisha), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Elena), Kellita Smith (Anita Emerson), Jaleel White (James Black), Anthony Montgomery (Reverend Reynolds), James Black (Deacon Emerson).

Details: This film is the first of New York Times bestselling author, Carl Weber’s “Drama in the Church” trilogy – The Preacher’s Son, The Choir Director and The First Lady.

Story:  Bishop T.K. Wilson, his wife and two children are a respectable family in their community. Yet the Wilson kids are fighting temptations and son Dante has thoughts other than taking over his father’s church. Source: IMDB.  Photo Source:  Facebook.

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