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Trailer: 'Pastor Brown' (Rockmond Dunbar, Salli Richardson-Whitfield) Premieres Feb. 16 on Lifetime

by Vanessa Martinez
February 2, 2013 11:55 AM
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"Pastor Brown" poster

The film was actually completed back in 2009. We posted the trailer for the Rockmond Dunbar-directed Pastor Brown at the old site. Now, it is finally being released for Lifetime and premiering on the network this month on February 16th.

Sergio interviewed Dunbar a few days ago about his directing debut (read that interview HERE if you haven't). Pastor Brown stars Salli Richardson-Whitfied, who also co-produces), as an ex-stripper who honors her dying father's wish to take over as pastor of the family's church. I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Mrs. Richardson-Whitfield, who says this was a very challenging role for her due to her character's transformation. We should have that interview for you in the next couple of days.

Pastor Brown stars an ensemble of known actors including rising star Michael B. Jordan of Sundance's critically-acclaimed hit Fruitvale. Jordan plays her son in the film, which also stars Dunbar, Nicole Ari Parker, Michael Beach, Tasha Smith, Keith David, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Ernie Hudson.

To recap, here's the official synopsis:

When Jessica “Jesse” Brown returns home to honor her dying father’s final command to take over as pastor of the family church, she is forced to face critics who know of her sordid past and mend fences with the son and sister she abandoned years ago.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • ALM | February 4, 2013 11:05 PMReply

    I will check this out mainly because of the cast, but at what point are we going to realize that the exotic dancer as the past career for a woman and the drug dealer/pimp as the past career for a man is way, way overdone? Has anyone ever heard of a Black woman stock broker who screwed up? Why can't screwed up stock broker be a past career? We have to move past these overused cliche's. It's sad and laughable at this point.

  • Khan | February 3, 2013 10:34 AMReply

    Hilarious post Carey Carey but lighten up after all this is a Lifetime Made For TV Movie. Of course you're going to get the tired cliched church theme that permeates low budget black cinema. I don't expect much from Lifetime considering most of the made for tv movies on the channel are cookie cutter and overly dramatic.

    After reading Rockmond Dunbar's interview I assumed Pastor Brown would be somewhat different as he explained. However, I see the same formula and I'm pretty sure it will do well amongst church folks. As a matter of fact, my mother will probably love it. rotflmao. It would be nice to actually see a film that really explores the undercurrent of the black church. What happened to Russ Parr's The Undershepherd? I heard good things about the movie but it the project fizzled out.

  • CareyCarey | February 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    I hear you KHAN, I was just acting a fool. In fact, I've actually seen all the movies I mentioned. Like your mother, my lady loves them. Soooooo, I watch them and ALL of Tyler productions. But Lifetime IS the cry channel, but don't ask me why :-)

    But yeah, what did happen to Russ Parr's The Undershepard?

    Well, since Russ was kind enough to stop by S&A's comment section, I did a little research. Check this.

    "This is an exciting third year for us, we have more New York premires than ever before, a fantastic mix of standout local talent as well as directors from Senegal, Italy, Canada, and filmmakers who have been burning up the festival circuit" says [Shadow & Act's OWN] Curtis Caesar John, New Voices in Black Cinema Festival Director and head of film programming for ActNow Foundation. Russ Parr's The Undershepherd will premire Feb 17 at 9:45 PM.

    So, there you have it. Curtis Caesar John, the man behind S&A's "What's happening in television" posts, has the film in his man cave. I wish Curtis & Russ would give me a peek.

  • wks | February 3, 2013 7:06 AMReply

    @CareyCarey - I get your point but your comment may have been a bit overdone - like this oh so familiar storyline when it comes to African-American films and filmmakers. We've seen it and it's variations done a thousand times, just like so many other rehashed plots in H-town.

  • CareyCarey | February 3, 2013 8:57 AM

    You're right WKS, I'll be the first to admit that many of my comments are overdone. In my defense, I am not writing for the Huffington Post, nor do I worry myself with the small things.

    It's safe to say the comment section here at S&A can be an intimidating place for one to express their thoughts. People from all walks of life stop by here to share and read the latest gossip and news of the so-called African Diaspora, particularly it's relationship to films/movies. Having said that, I'm just a face in the crowd who does not concern himself with who may be reading, how I am perceived, if my spelling is correct... if my sentence structure is tight or whether or not I am being politically correct. That's the small stuff that I do not harbor.

    Much like I would do in my everyday conversations, I read the post ( I "listen"), gather a quick thought and throw it on the board. If someone understands or gets my point and it inspires further conversation, I am kool with that b/c one of my biggest passions is watching films and being a small part of the conversations that - may - ensue.

    Oh, and btw, you did catch my point... well... one of them. Not only do we re-hash the same storylines, our low talent pool seems to be the driving force behind the ushering in of the same actors (some with limited skills) over and over again . And, our starvation for fresh/talented/new/exciting actors has become fertile ground for us to heap undue praise upon new black actors before they have been in the oven -- long enough, imo.

    In short, we've become comfortable settling for less.

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by and starting my day on a good note.

  • NNVEE13 | February 2, 2013 11:59 PMReply

    Can we please break some new ground in the African American film making community.

  • CareyCarey | February 2, 2013 7:40 PMReply

    Keith David is still in bed? Oh wait, I'm a little confused. The last time I saw his corny acting self, he was in bed dying of cancer. But wait, that was in the movie The Last Fall. Damn, talk about being typecast. But, as a pastor (in this movie) he's closer to God and his wayward daughter has returned home, so I guess its all good. But wait one minute...

    Hmmmm... A pastor's daughter drifts from her faith when she falls for a thug-ass brotha who wants to take advantage of more than just her voice? Oh hell no, we've seen this story, haven't we? No, wait... that's "Church Girl starring Robin Givens. But I can't help but think I've seen this before. Yeeeeah, I got it.

    Small-town preacher's kid Angie King leaves the church to pursue a dream. She runs into pimpin' Pinky... you know... that dude Samuel Jackson shot in Menace II Society... what's his name? Oh, that's right, Angie joins Cliffton Powell's traveling Gospel show which takes her on the road... and into romance, heartbreak and the realization that happiness may lie in the home she left behind. Wait-wait-wait... that's Preacher's Kid starring Latoya Luckett.

    Okay, let me get this straight. Corny Keith David is still dying but he's not Lance Gross's father in this one. Okay... and Latoya Luckett and Robin Givens have been replaced by Salli Richardson-Whitfied and Nicole Ari Parker. But who's the good church girl turned ho? Oh, that's Salli's part. Now I got it.

    But the last time I saw Michael Beach, him and Eddie Griffin were brothers fighting over a million dollars. So what is he doing fighting Salli Richardson-Whitfield over control of a church? Wait a minute, that was David E. Talbert's "A Fool and His Money". Damn, I'm losing my mind.

    Anyway, all jokes aside, I can't wait to see Mrs. Whitfield sliding down a strippers pole. Opps, can I say that about a "church" movie? I mean, she and Nicole Ari Parker are very attractive and they both are great actors, but I have not seen either of them bump it off the floor or slide down a pole, so you can't blame a brotha for being I'm excited about this one.

  • Anonymous | February 2, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    Sometimes things happen for a reason. The delay for this picture may be a blessing because now the recent successes of the film's stars, most notably Michael B. Jordan can be used to generate more exposure.

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