"The Undershepherd"
"The Undershepherd"

Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.

The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this series, let me know!

Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:

1 - Russ Parr's divisive drama The Undershepherd, which never saw a theatrical release, and would eventually make its broadcast TV premiere on TV One a year ago.

I call it a divisive film because, having seen it myself and talked to Russ about it, it's been simultaneously embraced and rejected by audiences at almost every festival it's screened, while also challenged by black pastors who felt that the material Russ tackles in The Undershepherd, hit a little too close to home for them.

Its synopsis reads:

When the head preacher of his church plans his retirement, mild-mannered LC (Isaiah Washington) is seduced by his access to the power and money earned through his ministry, and slowly transforms into a ruthless business man.

Lead by Isaiah Washington, the film is more of a character study of the man he plays, and is completely unlike the expected comedy that Russ may be more known for.

Joining Isaiah Washington in the ensemble cast are Lamman RuckerLouis Gossett Jr., Bill CobbsKeith DavidMalinda WilliamsVanessa Bell CallowayRobinne LeeClifton PowellElise Neal, and others.

The film is produced by Melee EntertainmentSwirl Films, and UpToParr Productions LLC.

Trailer below: