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TV One To Confront Power, Money And Greed Struggles Plaguing The Black Church In New Film, ‘The Undershepherd’
Just in time for Easter Sunday, TV One is slated to debut original film, The Undershepherd, which tells the story of two brothers in Christ turned frenemies when confronted with the fame, power and money that can come along with being the pastor of a church. The film’s starring lineup includes Isaiah Washington, Lamman Rucker, Malinda Williams, Elise Neal, Lou Gossett Jr., Clifton Powell and Vanessa Bell Calloway. A description of the movie found on TV One’s website reads:
“The Undershepherd tells the controversial tale of two ministers, who, although originally best friends and brothers in Christ, find their relationship tested by access to power, money and greed. Isaiah Washington stars in the role of Lawrence “LC” Case, an ambitious and charismatic minister overcome by greed and ego who uses the pulpit to further his own agenda and ultimately lead his congregation astray. LC’s best friend, Roland, starring Lamman Rucker, struggles to get his grassroots ministry off the ground and doesn’t enjoy the same level of success which generates controversy and conflict between the two men.”
Russ Parr, who wrote, directed and executive produced the film, revealed that it was actually inspired by his real-life experiences.
“I was really invested into the church and the church I was going to. Then I started seeing things that didn’t make sense. My mom, who was a very religious woman, pulled me out of the church. She thought I was losing myself,” Parr told Elev8.
Temptations faced by pastors in any church are a big deal and it will be interesting to see some of those issues being addressed. It appears that one can easily get caught up in the fanfare of it all.
The Undershepherd is schedule to premiere Saturday, March 30 at 8/7c
Turn the page for a sneak peek. Will you be tuning in?
Though she may not be a household name, Vanessa Bell Calloway has one of the most recognizable faces in Black Hollywood. The thespian has been acting since the early 80s and has appeared in countless television shows and movies. We got the chance to talk to the actress at the American Black Film Festival in Miami where she was promoting her latest project “The Last Fall.” Check it out.
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