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Watch: 1st Trailer For Roger Bobb's 'Raising Izzie' (Vanessa Williams, Rockmond Dunbar Star)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 18, 2012 3:44 PM
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Former Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios, Roger Bobb, who left the company earlier last year to start his own film production company called Bobcat Films, is making his feature film directorial debut with a project titled Raising Izzie - a film that's based on the grand-prize winning script of the 1st annual GMC Faith & Family Screenplay Competition last year, and that made its world premiere as the closing night film at the 2012 American Black Film Festival last month, ahead of its TV premiere on the GMC (Gospel Music Channel) this month.

And we now know what that TV premiere date will be: July 21 on the GMC. It'll screen at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm on that day, and will then screen again during those same time slots on the 22nd.

Bobb, who also produced the work, and whose past credits include directing several episodes of Tyler Perry TV shows, directed from a script penned by David Martyn Conley, that centers on two orphaned sisters and a teacher who takes them under wing.

Here's a longer synopsis:

When their mother passes away leaving them without an adult guardian, Sisters Izzie (Kyla Kenedy) and Gertie Nash (Victoria Staley) are forced to grow up fast. Afraid her daughters will be separated if they are placed in the foster care system, their mother makes the necessary arrangements for Gertie and Izzie to live on their own, with a bank account, apartment and small on-line business to support themselves. Older sister Gertie takes care of her little sister in addition to working and attending school. For a year, the girls are able to hide their predicament from their neighbors, their landlord and even their teachers. But when Tonya Freeman (Vanessa Williams), Gertie's new teacher, becomes suspicious, the girls have to come up with a new plan to protect their secret. After Tonya confronts the girls and they confess to their situation, Tonya has to decide how to protect them and keep them together against the will of her husband Greg (Rockmond Dunbar). 

Shot in Atlanta, the film's starring cast includes Vanessa Williams (of Soul Food fame, not the former Ms America), Rockmond DunbarKyla Kenedy and Victoria Staley.

Here's your first look at the film's trailer:

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  • NO BRAINER | July 21, 2012 12:15 AMReply

    This promises to suck...

  • donnadara | July 19, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    Men in Black = FOI? ROFLMAO

  • CareyCarey | July 18, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    OH NO! NOT another black savior film?! Blackiewood gets on my last nerve. Denzel saves humankind in the black guy's -- Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes' film -- The Book of Eli. And John Boyega and the boys defended our world from an alien invasion in Attack The Block. So when will black people stop using us to make themselves look superior, caring and righteous? I don't know but I'm sick of it and we should protest. I mean, look, they had the nerve to insult us with the code words "Men In Black". Yeah, remember that movie? A streetwise black NYPD detective joins a SECRET organization that thwarts the plans of extraterrestrials. Jeepers creepers, come on now, who does not know that was code for the Fruit of Islam (FOI), the Nation of Islam's (NOI) paramilitary unit? And now we have the loving black couple, Tonya Freeman (Vanessa Williams) and her big head husband Greg (Rockmond Dunbar) come to the rescue of poor little white girls, Izzie and Gertie, in the movie "Raising Izzie", set to premire on the Gospel Music Channel. Wow, slap us with a little black sing-along preaching to boot. COME ON, NO MORE BLACK SAVIOR FILMS!!! Opps, wait a minute, I think I'm at the wrong blog.

  • Darkan | July 18, 2012 4:25 PMReply


  • Jay Black | July 23, 2012 9:29 PM

    There are plenty of white movies that i think are copies of each other, but you don't here black people bashing your movies. Different strokes for different folks and yes, with your comment you are on the wrong blog!!!!!!!!!

  • the black police | July 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    Lol. What?

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