Harriet

a/k/a Freedom Fire

 

Release Date:  11/1/19; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Biography
Rating:  NR
Director:  Kasi Lemmons
Studio(s):   Martin Chase Productions, New Balloon, Stay Gold Features, Focus Features.
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:   Cynthia Erivo (Harriet Tubman), Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, Vondie Curtis-Hall.            

Story:   Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.  Source(s):  IMDB; Variety.

Trailer:

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story

The Miki Howard Story stillRelease Date:  6/1/16 (TV One)
Genre:  Biography
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Christine Swanson
Cast:  Teyonah Parris (Miki Howard), Gary Dourdan (Augie Johnson), Darius McCrary (Gerald Levert), Amari Cheatom (Eddie Phelps), LisaRaye McCoy (Sylvia Rhone), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Josephine Howard).

Story:  Teyonah Parris stars in the TV One Original Movie The Miki Howard Story. Parris plays the R&B/Jazz singer and actress who enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with a string of top 10 hits including “Come Share My Love,” “Baby, Be Mine,” “Love Under New Management,” and others.

The film will cover 30+ years of Howard’s life, including both professional and personal trials and triumphs.  Also starring Darius McCrary as Gerald Levert, Gary Dourdan as Augie Johnson, LisaRaye is Sylvia Rhone, Amari Cheatom as Eddie Phelps and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Josephine Howard.  Christine Swanson is directing from a script written by Rhonda Baraka, which is based on a yet to be released biography by Miki Howard.  Source:  Shadow and Act.

Trailer:

The Bounce Back

Release Date:  12/9/16; In Theaters
Genre:  Romance/Romantic Comedy
Rating:  PG-13
Running Time: 104 mins.
Studio(s):  Ankle Sock & Baseball Pants, Cima Productions, Viva Pictures,
20th Century Fox, Double Dutch International.
Director:  Youssef Delara

Cast:  Shemar Moore (Matthew Taylor), Nadine Velazquez (Kristin Peralta), Bill Bellamy (Terry Twist), Matthew Willig (Vladamir), Kali Hawk (Jessica Williams), Michael Beach (Lester), Megan Stevenson (Sarah), Robinne Lee (Sam), Nishi Munshi (Haifa), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Ellen), Denise Boutte (Julie).

Story:  Father, author and relationship expert Matthew Taylor is on a whirlwind book tour promoting his new best seller, “The Bounce Back.” He’s got it all figured out until he meets the acerbic Kristin Peralta, a talk show circuit therapist who’s convinced he’s nothing but a charlatan. Matthew’s life is turned upside down when he inadvertently falls for Kristin and has to face the painful truth of his past relationship.  Source(s): Movie Insider, Shadow and Act, IMDB.

Trailer:

To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

Release Date: 4/4/15 (TV One)
Genre: Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio: Swirl Films
Cast:  Ernie Hudson, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Story:  A modern day telling of The Book of Job, To Hell and Back tells the story of Joe Patterson, a successful businessman, humanitarian and loving father who has been blessed with every good fortune.

Despite living a life of great faith, a rapid succession of catastrophic events begins to devastate the lives of Joe and his family. Although he encounters death, deterioration of physical health and a loss of the prosperity that he has worked tirelessly to attain, Joe refuses to curse God and remains steadfast in his faith.  Source(s):  Eurweb; TV One.