Cast includes: Moshoeshoe Chabeli, Lillian Dube, and Jerry Mofokeng.
2 – Writer/director/producer Jono Oliver’s drama, “Home,” which stars Gbenga Akinnagbe, Tawny Cypress, Danny Hoch, James McDaniel, Joe Morton, and Isiah Whitlock.
The film tells the story of a man (33 year old Jack Hall, played by multi-hyphenate Akinnagbe) suffering from mental illness, who is trying to rebuild his life, make peace with the wife he was once married to, and be a father to the child they had together, before his mental collapse.
A heartwarming and inspiring drama about hope and determination that I think will resonate universally. Akinnagbe carries it with a strong performance as a man who simply wants nothing more than to live as any other man would – with dignity.
Check out the first trailer below:
3 – Following the production of the all-black cast remake of “Steel Magnolias,” Lifetime also produced this other all-black cast original movie tiled “Abducted: The Carlina White Story,” which stars Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, and Sherri Shepherd in the true story of Carlina White (played by Palmer), who, after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital, solved her own kidnapping and reunited with her biological parents 23 years later.
Vondie Curtis Hall directed the telepic.
The case was said to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital. In August of 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Roger Cross) took their 19-day old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway (Ellis), who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and befriended Carlina’s parents, even offering to watch over their daughter. But shortly after Carlina was admitted, Pettway removed the child’s IV line, placed her in an oversized handbag, and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina as Nejdra “Netty” Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation.
Check out a clip below:
4 – A documentary project titled “Generation Iron,” which is something of a sequel to “Pumping Iron,” the 1977 film about the world of bodybuilding, focusing on the 1975 Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions, which was maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger’s introduction to the world, or at least, the USA.
“Generation Iron” was directed by Vlad Yudin, and was produced by the same folks who brought us “Pumping Iron” – Jerome Gary, Edwin Mejia, Robin Chang, Eric Weider, and Jim Manion.
“Generation Iron” examines the professional sport of bodybuilding today and gives the audience front row access to the lives of the top 7 bodybuilders in the sport as they train to compete in the world’s most premiere bodybuilding stage – Mr. Olympia.
Some of the names who appear in front of the camera include Phil Heath (photo above), a current 2x Mr. Olympia champion, and is a key focus of the film, as you’ll see in the trailer below; as well as Kai Greene, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, Ben Pakulski, Hidetada Yamigishi, Roelly Winklaar, and Victor Martinez, amongst others.
Even Michael Jai White makes an appearance.
Watch the trailer:
5 – Season 1 of Syfy’s ensemble cast zombie series, “Z Nation,” which debuted just last fall, which Harold Perrineau and Kellita Smith co-star in.
From production company The Asylum (“Sharknado”), the 13-episode action-horror series starts 3 years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, as a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. The ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.
Perrineau plays Hammond, the leader of the group, as they head west, from New York to California. Meanwhile, Smith plays Addy – a disparate wanderer drawn to the team, to survive.
Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, and Michael Welch also co-star in the drama, which debuted on Syfy last September.
Watch the first trailer below: