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Highlights from ‘Screening Room ATL’ 3rd Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Some of the biggest names in Georgia’s TV and film industry gathered on Wednesday evening to celebrate the third anniversary of Screening Room ATL. The event was held at the trendy Gallery 992 in the West End district of the city.

Screening Room ATL, created and hosted by actress Khalimah Gaston, is an incubator for aspiring filmmakers, actors, directors, producers and anyone else looking to get into the highly competitive entertainment industry. It is also a place for content creators to screen their projects and get immediate feedback from peers and industry professionals.

Screening Room ATL

The evening included a lively panel discussion featuring James Seppelfrick (President of Swirl Films/Studios); Rhavynn Drummer (Casting Director/Tyler Perry Studios); Darrell Thompson (Entertainment Attorney) and Rashawn Cash (Location Assistant).

TV and film actors Shaun Mixon (ATL Homicide) and Racquel Bianca John (Acrimony) were spotted in the crowd along with three cast members from Tyler Perry‘s forthcoming BET series – KJ Smith, Anthony Dalton and Kevin Walton.

See all of the photos below:

Screening Room ATL
Khalimah Gaston + Rashawn Cash + James Seppelfrick
Darrell Thompson + Rhavynn Drummer
Shaun Mixon
Shaun Mixon
Raquel John Khalimah Gaston
Racquel Bianca John + Khalimah Gaston
Rhavynn Drummer
Rhavynn Drummer
Kevin Walton KJ Smith Anthony Dalton
Kevin Walton + KJ Smith + Anthony Dalton
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James Seppelfrick
Rashawn Cash
Rashawn Cash

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Bounce TV’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ returns July 7 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Bounce TV’s original series Saints & Sinners is back for a fourth season. The highly anticipated drama returns on Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m. with new episodes airing Sunday nights through the summer.

In this new chapter of Saints & Sinners, Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) sets her sights beyond Cypress, Georgia and using her power and influence to position herself for a state senate seat. When her mother’s (Donna Biscoe) deep buried secrets surface, they threaten the very foundation of Ella’s world as she struggles to keep her enemies at bay and her children safe. 

Tami Roman in Saints & Sinners

Saints & Sinners also stars Keith Robinson, Demetria McKinneyClifton Powell, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny and Tray Chaney. Special guests this season include Tami RomanRoger Guenveur Smith and Karon Joseph Riley.

Bounce will air marathons of the first three seasons of Saints & Sinners Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7 beginning each day at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Additionally, all the scandalous episodes can be viewed anytime on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s subscription-video-on-demand service which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com.

Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks StoryLove Under New Management: The Miki Howard StoryTales, Pride & Prejudice.)

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Watch Trailer for TV One’s ‘The Bobby DeBarge Story’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TV One has released the trailer and official poster for its upcoming original film The Bobby DeBarge Story. It airs on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. followed by an encore presentation at 10 pm.

Debuting during Black Music Month, the film’s stars include Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up, Greenleaf) in the lead role as Bobby DeBarge, Tyra Ferrell (Boyz InThe Hood, White Men Can’t Jump) as Etterlene DeBarge, Blue Kimble (Media) as Tommy DeBarge and Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge. Big Boi (Outkast) portrays legendary music mogul Berry Gordy, while Lloyd appears as Switch member Gregory Williams.

In his first role as a leading man, Fegan brilliantly transforms into the falsetto master and takes audiences inside the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the late 70’s R&B/Funk Band Switch. 

“The most dynamic and powerful acting role I’ve ever portrayed,” shared Fegan. “It was an honor to tell this musical legend’s life story.”

Despite his success in music, Bobby DeBarge, the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge struggled with fame and fortune and found his life in peril. The film explores the highs and lows of the singer’s life in the limelight, including his rise to stardom, coping with memories of his dysfunctional childhood, romantic relationships, struggles with substance abuse, incarceration and failing health. 

“It was truly amazing watching the characters unfold in front of my eyes and the incredible acting that was bestowed upon this project,” said the film’s director Russ Parr.  “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the performances that they see. Although this is a tragic story, I believe it’s told with dignity and respect to the legacy of Bobby DeBarge.” Parr is also a writer and producer known for the award-winning The Undershepherd, Hear No Evil and 35 and Ticking.

The Bobby DeBarge Story is the latest addition to TV One’s successful slate of acclaimed original films that range from dramas and comedies to biopics and more. TV One’s highest-rated original film When Love Kills debuted #1 on cable among African-American households in its premiere time slot. Original feature films Love Under New Management and Bobbi Kristina rank at #2 and #3, respectively, in the network’s history – both were also #1 on cable among African-American households in their premiere time slots.

Watch below:

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ATL Stars attend the ‘Black Women Film Network Holiday Party’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about celebrating homegrown talent Wednesday night during the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) Holiday Party. The invitation only soiree took place at The Gathering Spot and was the perfect way to kick-off the festive season ahead.

Dawn HalfKenny + Vaughn Alvarez +Kri Peck

A number of Atlanta-based actors, actresses, casting directors, producers, content creators and filmmakers were recognized for their work over the past year. Most of their projects have appeared on such popular networks including BET, TV One, OWN, Lifetime, CW and Bounce.

Ray Cornelius + Trina Parks

Celebrities in attendance included Brad James (BET’s American Soul), Cocoa Brown (Fox’s 9-1-1), Dawn Halfkenny (Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners), Sean Baker (BET’s Tales and CW’s All American), Marquita Goings (Behind the Movement and Reece Odum (Saints & Sinners).

Other notables included Tyler Perry Casting Director Rhayvn Drummer, A Seat at the Table producer Tiffany Brown Rideaux, award winning songwriter Makeba Riddick Woods, comedienne and actress Myra J, media maven Summer Jackson, filmmaker Bobby Huntley, Swirl Films’ Keith Neal, ATL’s social butterfly Kimberly Clark, model and performer A Lady Named Pearl, iconic James Bond villainess Trina Parks and Ready to Love‘s Mike Anthony and Shea Pegues.

Saptosa Foster

Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) was founded to prepare black women to enter the film and television industries. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of these women through film and educational programs that empower and inform. A 501(c)3 non-profit, BWFN provides student scholarships, hosts screenings and workshops, and honors individuals who have excelled in this difficult industry.  The Black Women Film Network was founded by Sheryl Gripper and is chaired by Saptosa Foster.

See more photos from the evening below:

BRAD JAMES

COCOA BROWN

SEAN BAKER

DAWN HALFKENNY

REECE ODUM

MICHAEL ANTHONY

A LADY NAMES PEARL + TRINA PARKS

RHAVYN DRUMMER

KIMBERLY CLARK + GUEST

BOBBY HUNTLEY + GUEST

BRAD JAMES + SHEA PEGUES

SUMMER JACKSON

KEITH NEAL + MARQUITA GOINGS

MYRA J +VEDA MCNEAL-WRIGHT

VAUGHN ALVAREZ + MAKEBA RIDDICK WOODS

TIFFANY BROWN RIDEAUX

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Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop, T.C. Carson and more star in ‘Coins for Christmas’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TV One announced this week that production is underway in Atlanta on a new original holiday film, Coins For Christmas

Single mom Madison Morris (Essence Atkins) finds herself scraping pennies together two weeks before Christmas after the IRS freezes her bank account, her ex fails to come through with any help and her boss fires her. Desperate to pay bills and buy gifts for her teenage children, Madison jumps into the ever-popular “gig economy.” That’s when she meets and eventually gets hired by obnoxious, sidelined former pro football player Alec Darby (Stephen Bishop), also secretly on the verge of going broke. This odd couple butts heads time and time again, but they eventually forge a friendship. And, to their surprise, they learn a lot about themselves and teach one another how to be better people.

Coins for Christmas also stars T.C. Carson, Kelly Price, Karlie Redd, James “Lil JJ” Lewis, Rodney Perry and Karon Joseph Riley.

It is written by Rhonda F. Baraka and directed by Jamal Hill, with casting by Leah Daniels-Butler, CSA and George Pierre. The film is produced by Swirl Films, with Eric F. Tomosunas serving as Executive Producer. James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson, Keith Neal, Darien Baldwin serve as producers.

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TV One hosts ‘Down For Whatever’ Premiere at ABFF [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Our friends at TV One hosted a special advanced screening of its upcoming drama Down For Whatever during the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) this past weekend and RC was there to capture all the sights and sounds.

Tim Folsome, Michelle Rice, Hosea Chanchez, Imani Hakim, Bre-Z,

LeToya Luckett-Walker and Robyn Green Arrington

The film’s stars—LeToya Luckett-Walker, Bre-Z, Hosea Chanchez and Imani Hakim—were in attendance as well as the writer and director Tim Folsome and TV One General Manager Michelle Rice. The screening was held at the historic Colony Theatre Miami Beach and was packed with ABFF attendees and film enthusiasts.

LeToya Luckett-Walker

Down for Whatever stars LeToya as Tracy, a young successful doctor who has it all except for the traditional family environment. While she is married to her detective husband, Mike (Chanchez) she longs for the love from the mother and father she never had since she grew up in foster care.

Bre-Z and Hosea Chanchez

When Mike suddenly loses his partner in a senseless cop-killing, Tracy is there to support him. That is, until she receives an unexpected visit from a social worker who informs her that the ruthless killers suspected in the murder are her biological sisters, Denise and Sonya (Bre-Z and Hakim). Overwhelmed and in disbelief by the news, Tracy decides to track her sisters down herself before her husband finds out.

Down For Whatever is like a mash-up of the 1990s classic film Set It Off and the 2002 heart-wrenching drama Antwone Fisher. It is produced by the Atlanta-based production company—Swirl Films—and is the winner of ABFF’s 2017 Screenplay Competition.  It is also TV One’s first action-thriller movie. (Bravo guys!!)

Check out more red carpet photos below + a video of all the red carpet happenings:

Swirl Film’s Keith Neal and Eric Tomosunas with

LeToya Luckett-Walker and Hosea Chanchez

TV One’s Jubba Seyyid and Michelle Rice with Hosea Chanchez 

Imani Hakim

Bre-Z

LeToya Luckett-Walker and her family

Marquita Goings 

Swirl Film’s Keith Neal 

Hosea Chanchez, Imani Hakim, Bre-Z and LeToya Luckett-Walker

Down For Whatever premieres on July 22 on TV One

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BOUNCE TV hosts Media Roundtable for Season 3 of ‘Saints & Sinners’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive media roundtable Wednesday afternoon for Season 3 of Bounce TV’s hit series Saints & Sinners. My favorite Sunday evening drama is back and is juicier than ever!

Demetria McKinney + Tray Cheney

Several of the show’s cast members were present including Clifton Powell (Rex Fischer), Demetria McKinney (Tamara Austin Calloway), Jasmine Burke (Dr. Christie Johson), Tray Cheney (Kendrick Murphy) and Dawn Halfkenny (Angela Parks). Swirl Films’ Keith Neal and Eric Tomosunas were also in attendance.  Not present were Vanessa Bell Calloway (Lady Ella Johnson), Christian Keyes (Levi Sterling), Donna Biscoe (Lady Leona Byrd), J.D. Williams (Jabari Morris), Karlie Redd (Paige Morris), Keith Robinson (Miles Calloway) and Afemo Omilami (Detective St. Charles).

Clifton Powell + Swirl Films’ Keith Neal

Saints & Sinners tells the story of the conflicts among the members of a Baptist church in small-town Georgia. The plot consists of greed, corruption and murder. The series premiere episode in 2016 earned 1.3 million viewers and in second week it drew 1.5 million viewers. The second season in 2017 was seen by nearly 8.4 million unduplicated viewers and 5.7 million households across all airings on Bounce. It is the network’s “crown jewel” and one of Atlanta’s only television series featuring Atlanta-based lead actors, writers and producers.

Ray Cornelius with Dawn Halfkenny, Jasmine Burke and Demetria McKinney

While I can’t say too much about the new season (you’ll have to tune into my radio show UPFRONT to get that), I will say that it was definitely worth the wait. You will also see more from music stars David Banner and KeKe Wyatt (who first appeared in Season 2) as well as appearances by Robin Givens, Angie Stone and Kenya Moore.

Swirl Film’s Keith Neal reppin’ my radio show

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Bounce TV is airing a binge-viewing marathon for fans this weekend to catch up on Season 1 (Saturday, April 7) and Season 2 (Sunday April 8) beginning at 1 p.m. on both days.  Check out a sneak peek of the new season below and don’t forget tune into UPFRONT this Saturday at 9 a.m. on WCLK.com to get the exclusive and more.

Saints & Sinners Season 3 premieres Sunday, April 8 at 9 p.m.

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Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding + more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Behind the Movement’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was standing room only Friday night for TV One’s advanced Atlanta screening of its new original movie, “Behind the Movement.” The event took place at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and featured appearances by the film’s stars Isaiah Washington, Meta Golding, Keith Arthur Bolden and Andrea Frye.

Isaiah Washington + Meta Golding

Behind The Movement,” is a unique and fast paced retelling of how Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat launched the history making Montgomery Bus Boycott. It features Golding as the iconic Rosa Parks along with Washington as E.D. Dixon, Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson, Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks, Shaun Clay as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Atlanta’s own Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy.

Keith Arthur Bolden

A number of the film’s other stars were also in attendance including Jermaine D. Thomas, Marquita Goings, Sir Brodie, Bill Southworth and Al Mitchell.

Special invited guests included TV One’s SVP of Programming and Production D’Angela Proctor, “America’s Next Top Model” alum and RHOA star Eva Marcille and her fiancé Michael T. Sterling, singer Lyric Rachae, celebrity trainer Gerald Bryant, TV and stage actress Tinashe Kajese, “Stranger Things” star Karen Ceesay and “Saints & Sinners” actresses Dawn Half-Kenny and Reece Odum.

The evening ended with a post film Q&A session with the cast followed by more picture taking.  Check out the rest of the red carpet images below:

Eva Marcille + Michael T. Sterling 

Dawn Half-Kenny + Marquita Goings

D’Angela Proctor

Gerald Bryant 

Kim McNair + Isaiah Washington 

Derek J

Jermaine D. Thomas 

Andrea Frye

 Marquita Goings 

Sir Brodie 

Karen Ceesay

Reece Odum

Isaiah Washington 

Al Mitchell

Dawn Half-Kenny

Bill Southworth

Keith Arthur + Tinashe Kajase

Lyric Rachae

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TV One hosts Advanced Screenings of ‘Two Sides’ + ‘Behind the Movement’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out images from TV One‘s recent advanced screenings of their upcoming original programs, “Behind the Movement” and “Two Sides.” The events took place during the recent “49th NAACP Image Awards.”

Roland Martin + D’Angela Proctor + Julius Tennon + Lemuel Plummer

A number of Los Angeles VIPs gathered at The Museum of Tolerance to pre-screen “Behind The Movement,” while the advance screening of the Viola Davis executive produced docu-series “Two Sides” was screened at First AME Church. Both events featured Q&A’s with in depth conversation, featuring notable cast-members, executives and community leaders. Famed “NewsOne Now” host Roland Martin moderated the Q&A for “Two Sides” while TV One SVP of Original Programming & Production, D’Angela Proctor, moderated the Q&A for “Behind The Movement.”

The cast + crew of “Behind the Movement”

Behind The Movement,” is a unique and fast paced retelling of how Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat launched the history making Montgomery Bus Boycott starring Meta Golding (“The Hunger Games”) as Rosa Parks. Additionally, the film will star Roger Guenveur Smith (“American Gangster”), Isaiah Washington (“The 100”) and Loretta Devine (“Waiting to Exhale”),  Shaun Clay as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Keith Arthur Bolden as Ralph David Abernathy. “Behind the Movement” premieres Sunday, February 11 at 7/6c on TV One.

Two Sides” is a landmark limited four-part docu-series exploring watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community at the crossroads between life and death, premiering Monday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET on TV One. Executive produced by Academy Award® winner Viola DavisJulius Tennon (JuVee Productions) and Lemuel Plummer (L. Plummer Media) with narration by Davis, each one-hour episode of “Two Sides” offers an in-depth, comprehensive look into disturbing cases of officer-involved deaths.

See more photos below:

Michael Jai White + Gillian White 

Roland Martin

Mother of the Movement –  Gwen Carr

Lemuel Plummer + Julius Tennon

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WATCH Trailer for TV One’s New Docu-Series #UNCENSORED (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The other day, I posted a story about RHOA star NeNe Leakes being apart of a new TV One series and wasn’t sure about her role or any details. Well, TV One sent me an email late last night with all of the deets and I can’t be more excited.

The new docuseries is titled “UNCENSORED” and it explores the intimate lives of today’s stars and personalities. It premieres next month on Sunday, February 18 at 10 p.m. EST.

The 10-episode semi-autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to our favorite faces including Leakes as well as Tiffany Haddish, LaLa Anthony, Tamar Braxton, Charlemagne Da God, Le’Andria Johnson, Nia Long, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. It features them in their own stories, in their own words, in the places where their stories unfolded.  The show is also the first project to be greenlit by general manager Michelle Rice, who also developed the concept.

UNCENSORED is an edgier, in-depth docu-series where the subjects get to talk the audience in first person about the moments in their lives that helped make them who they are today,” said Rice. “TV One is about telling authentic stories and this show will chronicle people of influence in pop culture, music and entertainment that captivate people of all ages.”

In its first season, “UNCENSORED” dives deep into the lives of these celebrated individuals with first-hand accounts of their road to stardom from the stars themselves. They speak directly and candidly about their personal triumphs and successes, the obstacles and challenges they have faced, and the pivotal moments that have shaped their lives and careers. No topic is off limits as they discuss issues relevant to today’s national dialogue such as race relations, drugs and violence, and sexual harassment.

In addition to first-person interviews, “UNCENSORED” uncovers little known facts with an expansive and impressive list of friends and family who know them best.

Watch the trailer below:

https://youtu.be/M6cVqwHJdso

Photo Credits: TV One

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Is NeNe Leakes starring in a new TV One Series? [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Could “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes be appearing in a new series for TV One? According to a recent Instagram post, the reality diva and television actress is part of some new project titled, “UNCNSRD.”  That’s “uncensored” folks.

The post features several images of Leakes sitting in a directors chair on stage with the audience as her backdrop. With that said, I have the following questions:

Is this a new version of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”?

Is Nene the host?

Does this have something to do with comedy?

I guess we’ll just have to wait for TV One’s upfronts when all of their new programs, original movies and reality shows will be revealed. One thing I do know is that it’s being shot by my friends at Swirl Films.

Stay tuned and check out more images below:

Photo Credits: Instagram

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AAFCA salutes Rob Hardy at 2017 #SYNERGYAWARDS [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

One of Atlanta’s pioneers in television and film—Rob Hardy—was honored Thursday night during the 2017 Synergy Awards. The annual summer ceremony was presented by Gil Robertson and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and took place at Bobbcat Studios.

The Synergy Awards is one of AAFCA’s signature events and celebrates inroads made by film and TV professionals in the Southeast. It also provides an opportunity for creative professionals in and around the area to connect and collaborate with their peers across the industry.

Hardy was acknowledged for laying a foundation for Atlanta’s current boom in television and film production. The ceremony included a video presentation featuring congratulatory messages from a number of Hardy’s close friends and collaborators like fellow filmmaker Roger M. Bobb, iconic casting director Reuben Cannon, longtime partner Will Packer, Rainforest Entertainment’s Mitzi Miller and Liquid Soul’s Tirrell Whitley.

“Rob is getting this award because Atlanta is number one [applause]…in terms of TV and productions in the world. A large part of that has been because of his efforts,” said Robertson to the attendees.

Hardy began his film career as a student on the campus of Florida A&M University with Packer and their very first project, “Chocolate City.” After graduation, the two moved to Jonesboro, GA where they formed their production company, Rainforest Films. Their next movie, “Trois,” elevated the profile of their brand and opened doors for them to go on and produce a string of other hit films including “Motives,” “Stomp the Yard,” “Think Like a Man,” “Think Like a Man Too” and “No Good Deed.”  Hardy also has credits on such hit television shows as “Empire,” “How To Get Away with Murder,” and “Castle.” His most recent endeavor included creating and executive producing BET’s “The Quad.” He also has two other shows lined up including one with hip hop star Clifford “T.I.” Harris. 


“Sometimes doors are closed to force you and I to find other routes to tell our stories. We all have a place here.  Just because you see someone else’s name in lights, doesn’t mean that your time’s not coming…if you just continue to work and believe,” said Hardy to the attendees.

Celebrities in attendance included “Underground” and “Hit the Floor” actor Rob Riley, “Hollywood Divas” star Lisa Wu, plus “Saints and Sinners “actresses Jasmine Burke and Dawn Halfkenny. Past Synergy Award recipients, Keith Neal and Eric Tomosunas, were also in attendance as well as industry professionals—Dianne AshfordAsante Bradford, April Love, Jess Manning, Angela WattsChelsye Burrows and George Pierre.

Check out more photos below:

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RayCornelius.com visits the set of TV One’s ‘Downsized’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Beloved TV and film stars Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker have returned to their Atlanta roots for the filming of TV One’s newest original movie, “Downsized.” The former “Soul Food” actors are starring in this faith-based drama that is set to premiere at this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on June 16 and on TV One in August.

In the film Downsized, Ebony (Parker) and Michael (Kodjoe) were forced into a modern “shotgun” wedding after becoming teenaged parents, putting their personal goals on hold in order to support their family. Amazingly, the two high school sweethearts manage to overcome the odds and establish a seemingly ideal life for themselves.

However, the success that initially was meant to strengthen their family has become the very thing that is driving them apart. As a result, Michael desperately tries to hold onto everything he’s worked his entire life to gain. This leads the family on an unconventional adventure to restore the faith, hope, and trust that initially brought them together.

The film also Alexus Lapri Geier as Madison, Racquel Bianca John as Michelle, Isaiah John as Mike, Jr. and Tia Hendricks as Malaysia. “Downsized” is written by Michelle McKissick (2016 ABFF Screenplay Finalist 2016) and is directed by Rhonda Baraka. It is also produced for TV One by Swirl Films and is executive produced by Eric Tomosunas.

“We love Atlanta! We love the people. We love the feeling we get when we’re here,” said Kodjoe to RC during the set visit.

“We spent five important years here in Atlanta when we first had our kids. Atlanta gave us a security and a safety net to be here and not have to worry about being accosted or under the microscope. We could really focus on our kids and be a young family.”

Meet the rest of the “DOWNSIZED” cast below:

Real life siblings – Isaiah John and Racquel Bianca John 

Alexus Lapri Geier

Tia Hendricks

Rhonda Baraka

“DOWNSIZED” will air on TV One in August 2017

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TV One buys Dena Rivera’s ‘Breaking News: School Shooting’ film

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congrats to my friend Dena Rivera! The Atlanta-based writer and director recently announced the sale of her film “Breaking News: School Shooting” to TV One Network. Swirl Films will serve as the production studio for the project, which will be produced in association with Rivera’s DeMar Productions.

12193444_10206690948887402_8515416945429942294_n“Breaking News: School Shooting” is based on a true story that depicts a school’s bookkeeper struggling against incredible odds in her personal life, arriving at work only to receive devastating news. While preparing to face this crisis, as well as the normal challenges of her workday, in walks an armed stranger pointing a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and declaring, “We are all going to die today.” The gunman has a plan; slaughter a massive number of children, some cops and then kill himself. He has enough ammunition to take out every living person in the building. This is more than just the amazing account of tragedy averted. It is the story of what can happen when we allow ourselves to be used for good.

“We are thrilled to work with Swirl Films and TV One to bring ‘Breaking News: School Shooting’ to audiences around the world as the film details the underpinning of the outrageous trend toward mass shootings all over the world. We are sure this action/drama will resonate brilliantly with global viewers,” says Rivera. “The goal is to entertain and educate while increasing the awareness of mental illness and the gun control issues that plaque our world. It is to deliver content that is unique in tone and unsurpassed in quality, always captivating viewers and leaving them craving for more.”

I have known Dena Rivera for 13 years now and first met her when we starred in an Atlanta theater production of “The Wiz.” I am so proud of her and can’t wait until this airs. Hopefully I can get some behind-the-scenes footage when the film starts production.

Stay tuned…

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Photo Credits: DeMar Productions and Facebook/Dena Rivera