UP PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE MOVIE
COMEBACK DAD AT AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) IN NEW YORK ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21
Film Marks Fourth Movie Produced from Winning or Honorable Mention Scripts in the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF
Charles S. Dutton, Tatyana Ali, Brad James, with Loretta Devine Star in the Father-Daughter Drama Debuts on UP on Saturday, July 12
ATLANTA - June UP, the television network dedicated to uplifting viewers every day, today announced the world premiere of the movie Comeback Dad (#ComebackDad) at Film Life's 18th Festival (ABFF) in New York City on Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. EDT at the SVA Theater (333 West 23rd NY, NY). Comeback Dad marks the fourth film to be produced and air on UP as a direct result of the network's highly successful "UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition," now in its fourth year.
The script is by newcomer Kimberly Walker, the Honorable Mention Winner in last year's UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF. Last year's Competition Grand Prize screenplay winner Mary Jo's Candy (working title), is scheduled to go into production in June and premiere later this year on UP.
Comeback Dad is a dramatic, emotional father-daughter reunion film, starring Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, "Roc"), Tatyana Ali ("Love That Girl!," "The Fresh Price of Bel-Air") and Brad James (UP's Marry Me For Christmas, "For Better or Worse") with Loretta Devine (UP's Saving Westwood High, "Grey's Anatomy"). The movie is directed and executive produced by nationally-syndicated radio host/writer/producer/director Russ Parr (The Undershepherd, 35 and Ticking) and produced by Swirl Films. Filmed in Atlanta, Comeback Dad will debut exclusively on UP on Saturday, July 12.
"We are excited to premiere the movie Comeback Dad, a moving, emotional, beautifully-shot father-daughter film, at this year's ABFF," said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, UP. "We were so impressed by both the winning script Mary Jo's Candy by Keronda 'KiKi' McKnight and this honorable mention script by Kimberly Walker in last year's UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition that we decided to produce both films this year. The scripts that we receive for the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition display the depth of talent and kind of entertaining, contemporary and uplifting stories that we develop and share with our viewers. And, the movies that result from these scripts are among our most watched original movies. Now in its fourth year, this Competition has proven to be a valuable source for fresh, creative storytelling from aspiring African-American writers."
"UP's commitment to ABFF through its screenplay competition reinforces the entire filmmaking process - taking a project from script to screen. Tangible career opportunities are exactly what emerging artists need to help further their careers. Brad Siegel and the UP team have created a truly meaningful partnership," said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO.
In Comeback Dad, Nima Babineaux (Tatyana Ali) looks like a woman who has it all - she is an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school and is engaged to Spence (Brad James), a successful engineer who adores her. But, in truth, she has never recovered from her alcoholic father, Othell (Charles Dutton), walking out on their family and it has made it hard for her to truly trust anyone. When Othell decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life, Nima begins an emotional and eye-opening journey she could have never expected. Loretta Devine stars as Malinda, Othell's sister. The ensemble cast also includes Donna Brisco, Elizabeth Omilami, Ja'El Robertson, Takara Clark, E. Roger Mitchell, Todd Anthony and Palmer Williams, Jr.
In addition, UP will present a Live Table Read at ABFF where a scene from each of the top three 2014 screenplay finalists will be performed live by celebrities and finalists from ABFF's Star Project Acting Competition. The Table Read will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20th in the SVA Theatre. Following the three live screenplay scene performances, one Grand Prize winner will be announced and selected to receive $5,000 during the "ABFF Honors" Awards presentation.
For the fourth year, UP is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on its annual UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition. The Competition, developed to promote the development of faith-friendly, family entertainment screenplays, with a focus on the American Black experience, is a component of UP's Official Sponsorship of Film Life's 18th the film and television industry. This is the first time the ABFF will be held in New York City.
To date, the UP Faith & Family Competition has generated three films that UP has produced and aired on the network. These include In the Meantime, written by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, and Raising Izzie, written by David Martyn Conley - both produced by Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, the only two-time winner of the Best Film Award at ABFF. The third film is Somebody's Child, written by Siddeeqah Powell and directed by Gary Wheeler. Raising Izzie and Somebody's Child were the number one and number two ranked telecasts in their time slots among African-American W18-49 on their premiere nights.
UP presents Comeback Dad, a Swirl Films production. Starring Charles S. Dutton, Tatyana Ali, Brad James, Loretta Devine, Donna Brisco, Elizabeth Omilami, Ja'El Robertson, Takara Clark, E. Roger Mitchell, Todd Anthony and Palmer Williams, Jr. Directed and Executive Produced by Russ Parr. Produced by Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks and Keith Neal. Director of Photography is George Su. Editor is Dante Wyatt. Written by Kimberly Walker.
Follow our cast at:
* Tatyana Ali on Twitter @TatyanaAli
annual ABFF, which is the preeminent festival promoting cultural diversity within
* Loretta Devine on Twitter @lodivadevine
* Brad James on Twitter @MrBradJames
* Elizabeth Omilami on Twitter @4hosea
* Takara Clark on Twitter @Takara_Clark
* E. Roger Mitchell on Twitter ERogerMitchell
* Todd Anthony on Twitter @iamToddAnthony
* Palmer Williams, Jr. on Twitter @palmerwilliamsj
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About Swirl Films
Swirl Films (www.swirlfilms.com), America's "number one urban film production company," focuses on independent features and multi-camera productions. Recent films include 2012 ABFF Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress and Best Director winner The Under Shepherd, 35 & Ticking and Percentage, with Flavor Unit Production (Queen Latifah & Shakim Compere). Swirl Films is a major content provider for UP. Most recently, Swirl Films produced Marry Me For Christmas, starring Malinda Williams and Brad James, and The Perfect Summer, starring Eric Roberts, Sydney Penny and Jason Castro in his TV acting debut. In addition, hit programming includes She's Still Not Our Sister, Sugar Mommas, and the Wedding Vow series. Additional original productions include: Love For Sale and Something Like A Business, starring Kevin Hart, Clifton Powell and Kym Whitley.
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