Release Date:   12/19/19; BET+
Genre:   Thriller
Rating:   NR
Director:  Chris Stokes
Studio(s):   Footage Films
Running Time:   Unknown

Cast:  Paula Patton, Erica Ash, Juan Antonio, V. Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Nelson Bonilla, Michael Toland, James Trevena Brown, Liliana Montenegro, Marques Houston.

Details:  On 9/28/20 BET announced that legal thriller Sacrifice starring Paula Patton has been picked up to series. The movie launched on BET+ in December 2019 and was the first original film on the streaming service. Sacrifice takes place in Los Angeles following Daniella Hernandez, a highly sought-after entertainment lawyer, as she navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Patton will resume her role in the 10-episode series, accompanied by returning cast members Marques Houston, James Trevena Brown, Veronika Bozeman, Altonio Jackson, Liliana Montenegro, Michael Toland, and Nelson Bonilla.

The series will delve deeper into Daniella’s complicated personal life. She is a recovering alcoholic who compensates for her suppressed addiction with men and the adrenaline of defending the worst in the entertainment world against an over-zealous D.A. sworn to bring them all to justice.  Daniella’s unimpeachable clients need her help, wisdom and resourcefulness – as do all the corrupt ones.  She is the classic conundrum of doing good for bad reasons and doing bad for good reasons.  Maybe it’s luck, maybe it’s skill, maybe it’s because she’s beautiful, but Daniella gets away with it… so far.  Source:

Story:   Sacrifice is a legal thriller which stars Paula Patton as Daniella Hernandez, a highly sought after entertainment lawyer and tracks her as she navigates the nefarious lives of her rich and famous clients. Daniella has a reputation that proves problematic to LA Law enforcement, forcing her to be at odds with her sorority sister turned nemesis District Attorney Beverly Rucker (Erica Ash). In an attempt to protect her often unscrupulous clients, Daniella enlists the services of her resourceful assistant and a young ex-hacker and tech genius.

The cast also includes Juan Antonio as hip hop artist and mogul Dominiq Mayfield aka Big Dom; V. Bozeman as Tamika Bland, Daniella’s loyal and resourceful assistant; Altonio Jackson as ex-hacker Steven Somwon; Nelson Bonilla as Miguel, Daniella’s trusted driver; Michael Toland as Arnold Lang, the founding partner of Daniella’s firm; James Trevena Brown as Joshua Lang, Arnold Lang’s son; Liliana Montenegro as Gabriella Hernandez, Daniella’s Spanish-speaking aunt; Marques Houston as Jason Pratt a young Assistant District Attorney; and Josué Ramon Gutierrez, a client of Daniella’s and Dom’s biggest hip hop rival.

Sacrifice will be a two-hour movie and double as a backdoor pilot.  Source(s):  Black Film; The Hollywood Reporter.


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.



Will To Love

Will to Love cast photoRelease Date 6/27/15 (TV One)
Genre:  Romance
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studios: Footage Films, TV One.
Director: Chris Stokes
Cast: Marques Houston (Jamal Hawkins), Shondrella Avery (Monica), Keisha Knight Pulliam (Rachel), Black Thomas (Danny), Draya Michele (Candice).

Story: Will To Love features Houston as Jamal Hawkins, a 30-something CEO and heir of the “Let It Roll” toilet paper company, who must find a wife before his grandfather passes away. As a quintessential bachelor, Jamal has no idea how to accomplish such a feat and must do so despite his half-sister Monica’s meddling. He enlists the help of his secretary, Rachel and his best friend Danny to find a bride who will obtain his family’s approval and win him his birthright. After devising a plan to audition potential brides and finding Candice, Jamal develops feelings for Rachel and must make the crucial decision between following the money or his heart.  Source: Broadway World. Photo Source: Mz. Shyneka’s Word on the Street.