This is just one more step in positive programming!
Production began this week in Wilmington, NC on GMC’s World Premiere Original feature film Somebody’s Child, starring NAACP Image Award© nominee Michael Jai White (Why Did I Get Married Too, We The Party,), Emmy© and NAACP Image Award© winner Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story, Eve’s Bayou), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together””), Clifton Powell (Ray, “For Richer or Poorer”) and Byron Minns (Undisputed). Based on the award-winning screenplay by Siddeeqah Powell, Somebody’s Child is directed by Gary Wheeler (“Heart of Christmas”, “The Trial”) and will make its world television premiere on GMC TV in August 2012.
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A divine twist of fate causes Constance Rivers (Lynn Whitfield) and her son Douglas (Michael Jai White) to open their hearts to an ex-convict, Benjamin Sparks (Byron Minns). While on the brink of losing her battle with kidney failure, Constance’s near death confession instantly collides her past with her present. Douglas and Benjamin learn they are fraternal twin brothers who were separated at birth 37 years ago. On the verge of losing their mother, the two must work to develop a bond of brotherhood that will last a lifetime and give their mother peace.
“Somebody’s Child is a wonderful story that will touch the hearts of people everywhere” says Director Gary Wheeler. “There’s no greater loss a parent can experience than that of a child – no matter the circumstance. To have a second chance is a gift and an inspiration. I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented group of artists who will help me to bring these cherished characters and this heartwarming story to life.”
“We discovered Somebody’s Child as a finalist in the American Black FilmFestival’s 2011 GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition,” explains Brad Siegel, vice-chairman of GMC. “Our goal was to find strong and unique stories about families that we could develop and bring to our viewers to uplift and entertain them. Somebody’s Child is a perfect example of this and we are thrilled to be able to present this heartwarming story to our viewers.”
GMC Network Presents a SwirlFilms production Somebody’s Child starring Michael Jai White, Lynn Whitfield, Nadine Ellis, Clifton Powell and Byron Minns. Directed by Gary Wheeler. Producers are Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks, and Keith Neal. Casting by Vanessa Neimeyer. Director of Photography is Rob Givens. Screenplay by Siddeeqah Powell.
Swirl Films’ has produced and taped numerous stage plays and feature-length films for television and DVD including 35 & Ticking, Love for Sale, A Mother’s Prayer, “Love Me or Leave Me” and “The Ideal Husband.”
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