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SEASON ONE - Former Movies of the Week
Movie of the Week for August 28, 2022
Written by Wuese Houston-Jibo and Monique N. Matthews
Directed by Troy Scott
Stars: Monique Coleman, Nathan White, Eric Benét, LisaRaye McCoy and others
Brief Synopsis: Interior decorator Zuri Maxwell had it all – a career she adored, loving family and friends, and a good man in her life, artist Stephon Gardner. But greed threatens to destroy everything, when Zuri meets handsome benefactor and entrepreneur Godfrey Anderson and his fabulously wealthy relative Miss Viv. They have everything Zuri thinks she wants. As Godfrey romances her, she compromises the values and morals her to be part of the deceptive affluent world she desperately wants.
Themes: Lies, Betrayal, Dangers of Spiritual Ruin, Idolatry, Greed, Coveting, Morals, Values, Stewardship, God’s Grace, and Redemption
Movie of the Week for August 21, 2022
Written by Greg Cally and Sam Washington
Directed by Russ Parr
Stars: Chaz Lamar Shepherd (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “The Game”), Amber Anderson (“Power Book II” “Manifest Evil”), Charmin Lee, Khamary Rose, Kevin Saunders, Hayden Griffin, Dawn Raven, Stormy Merriweather, Glenn Magee, and others.
Brief Synopsis: The authorized biopic chronicles the prominent gospel music artist and preacher’s Michigan upbringing, battle against teenage alcohol abuse, love for MaLinda Prince, rise in the music industry and growth in his faith.
Sapp came into prominence as a member of Commissioned back in the ’90s. Currently, he is an author, radio show host and senior pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas and pastor emeritus of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan – the church he founded with his late wife. It preimere tonight at 9PM on TV One.
Themes: Talent, Power of Prayer, Martial Struggles, Demonstrations of Faith, Gifts, Betrayal, God’s Grace, Spousal Love, Hard Work, and Excellence.
Movie of the Week of August 14, 2022
Written by Sylvia L. Jones and Camille Tucker
Directed by Christine Swanson
Stars: Aunjanue Ellis, Christina Bell, Kierra Sheard Kelly, Sheléa Frazier, Raven Goodwin, and Angela Birchett, Michael Xavier, and others.
Brief Synopsis: executive producers and Grammy Award winners Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott, premiered on Lifetime. The authorized musical of incomparable gospel singers, The Clark Sisters, recounts the story of the highest selling female gospel group in history and their trailblazing choir director mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Credited with bringing Gospel music to the mainstream, the five Clark sisters Twinkie, Karen, Dorinda, Denise, and Jacky overcame humble beginnings in Detroit, Michigan enduring so much to achieve international fame as icons of the Gospel music industry.
In the film, one of the Clark sisters says it would be easier if they all sang the same note, but their mother Mattie stops her and said, "Did you just curse in my house? We don't do easy in this house. We do excellent." (“Easy’ was a curse word she didn’t tolerate.) Her husband accuses her of wanting to be Joe Jackson and make her children into another Jackson Five. That is not it, she explains. Her girls will be better because they will be singing for the glory of God.
Awards: Best Television Movie (2020 AAFCA TV Honors), Outstanding Music (2020 Black Reel Awards for Television), Best Made for Television Movie (2021 Gracie Allen Awards), and Best Motion Picture Made for Television (2021 Satellite Awards)
Themes: Talent, Power of Prayer, Family Struggles, Demonstrations of Faith, Gifts, Sisterhood, Betrayal, Sibling Rivalries, God’s Grace, Mother’s Love, Hard Work, and Excellence.
Movie of the Week for August 7, 2022
Written by Tommy Blaze, Sean Paul Murphy, Matt Richards
Directed by Brian Herzlinger
Stars: David A.R. White, Jackée, Bruce Davidson, Ray Wise, Reginald VelJohnson, Andrea Logan White, Anna Margaret, and others.
Brief Synopsis: (With the Quickness recommends this film for family viewing.) James White is just one in many associate pastors at a California mega church under the tutelage of televangelist Johnny Kingman. Until the day the opportunity to become of a church in Atlanta and jumps at the chance to pastor his own church. At first his family, and the congregation, aren't entirely pleased with the appointment of James but face a threat of a corrupt banker to close down the church.
Themes: Power of Prayer, Family Struggles, Community, Honesty, Hope, and Demonstrations of Faith.
Movie of the Week for July 31, 2022
Written by Charles H. Irving and Felicia Irving
Directed by Jason Aleman
Stars: Nicole Crump, Kristin McKenzie Rice, Bill Ross, Barbara Ackles, Ian Haywood, Brady Martin, Sheryl Denise, and others
Brief Synopsis: Never Quit is a victorious story of a female athlete whose rise to stardom and popularity suddenly misses the shot. Discover how we don't always understand God's plan but realize everything happens for a reason.
Themes: Discovering purpose, perseverance, trials, faith, illness, community, and teamwork
Movie of the Week for July 17, 2022
Written by Wendi Foy Green, Austin James, and Cameron Johann
Directed by Gregory Alan Williams
Stars: Laronn Marzett, Gregory Alan Williams, Victoria Rowell, Kyrie Mcalpin, Terry Serpico, Gatlin Kate James, and others
Brief Synopsis: (With the Quickness parental recommendation is 14+.) Birdie is the story of released convict Luke Bellamy. Luke wants nothing more than to reconnect with his 8-year-old daughter, but her grandparents struggle to forgive him.
Luke was in prison for seven years after crashing a car while driving with alcohol and drugs in his system and killing the passenger, his wife. Luke’s daughter doesn’t know the real story, but her grandfather can’t find it within himself to forgive Luke for the death of his daughter. Luke must come face-to-face with his past as he struggles to make a life for himself and earn the trust of his daughter and her grandfather.
BIRDIE is an endearing, well-produced movie that champions faith and Christianity while not shying away from reality. It addresses some heavy themes like violence and recovering from substance abuse.
Themes: Power of Prayer, Family Struggles, Faith, and Forgiveness
Movie of the Week of July 24, 2022
Written by Rhonda Baraka
Directed by Randall Stevens
Stars: Lester Speight, Skai Jackson, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tracey Gold, Jeff Rose,Terrell Owens, Tara Jones, Novi Brown, Ashley LeConte Campbell, and others
Brief Synopsis: (Film modified for family viewing) Cut from his NFL football team, a man starts bonding with his young daughter and encourages her to play soccer. My Dad Is a Soccer Mom is a family movie originally made for television (UPtv). Professional footballer Marion "Mad Dog" Casey (Lester Speight) is astonished when his contract is not renewed by the Atlanta Shocks (a fictional NFL team). A classic grandstanding, arrogant hothead, Mad Dog is further stunned when no other team wants him. Wife Holly (Wendy Raquel Robinson) tries to see the bright side: Maybe it's a good time for him to take a break and spend some quality time with their shy, socially awkward daughter Lacy (Skai Jackson). Lacy desperately needs Marion's attention and his time. Not only that, Holly wants to reestablish her long-ignored interior design business, so this break will give her a chance to try. At first Marion is reluctant, then annoyed, then inept, but as he comes to know his daughter better and find out who she truly is, the soft, loving side of Marion emerges. With soccer as the primary source of bonding, Dad, daughter, and Mom discover a deep happiness.
Themes: Discovering purpose, Father-daughter bonding, work life balance, Resilient children, soccer, family dynamics, humility, community, and teamwork
Movie of the Week for July 3, 2022
The Job (Modified for Family Viewing)
Written by Steven Lee and Randy J. Goodwin
Directed by Randy J. Goodwin
Stars: Randy J. Goodwin, Kendra C. Johnson, Ben C. Adams, Sean Summers, and Larry Bagby
Brief Synopsis: (PureFlix had the film modified for family viewing.) After killing a man in the ring and losing everything, faith leads the 'Fallen from grace' champion, Lance 'The Dance' Foster, down a path of redemption, forgiveness, and what may be, the toughest fight of his life...saving the kid who's robbing him.
Themes: Faith, Bible, Power of Prayer, Hope, and Demonstrations of Faith.
Movie of the Week for July 10, 2022
Written by Siddeeqah Powell
Directed by Gary Wheeler
Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Clifton Powell, Nadine Ellis, Lunden De’Leon, Gregory Alan Williams
Brief Synopsis: (PureFlix had the film modified for family viewing.) Somebody's Child is the story of ex-convict, Benjamin Sparks who gets a second chance to better his life after a twist of fate that causes Constance Rivers and her son Douglas to open their hearts to help him out. It’s a story about a son losing hope, a mother gaining faith, and God's divine and perfect plan.
Themes: Power of Prayer, Family Struggles, Brotherhood, Hope, and Demonstrations of Faith.
Movie of the Week for June 19, 2022
Written by Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Directed by Alex Kendrick
Stars: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Beth Moore, Karen Abercrombie, Michael Jr., Alena Pitts, Jadin Harris, Alex Kendrick, Dave Blamy, and Tenae Downing
Brief Synopsis: Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Their world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends with his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.
Themes: Power of Prayer, Marriage, Father’s Duty, Redemption, Faith, Drama, Perseverance, and Faith
Movie of the Week for June 26, 2022
Selfie Dad (Modified for Family Viewing)
Written by Brad Silverman
Directed by Brad Silverman
Stars: Michael Jr., Chonda Pierce, James Denton, Karen Abercrombie, Jamie Grace, Shelby Simmons, Emily Tosta, Jalon Christian, Johnny Pacar, and Dahlia Waingort Guigui
Brief Synopsis: (PureFlix had the film modified for family viewing.) Ben Marcus, a husband and father who finds himself caught in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Ben has a lot to be thankful for, but despite everything he has achieved, he simply isn’t happy. He decides that the best way to fill the hole in his life is to fulfill his long set aside dream of becoming a comedian. And what better way to jump start his comedic career than with a YouTube channel?
Much to his surprise (and his daughter’s embarrassment), a video of Ben goes viral! Just like that, his new career as “Selfie Dad” takes off, and before Ben knows it, he’s a social media phenomenon! So why is he still unhappy? In this film we also meet Mickey, a brash IT guy who’s studying to be a pastor. He knows exactly what’s really missing from Ben’s life. Will Ben be open to hearing the Word, and will he allow his heart and life to be truly changed?
Themes: Pressure of Fatherhood, Faith, social media, Bible, Power of Prayer, Family Unity, Perseverance, and Demonstrations of Faith.
Movie of the Week for June 5, 2022
Written by Jude Okwudiafor Johnson, Toby Osborne
Directed by Jude Okwudiafor Johnson
Stars Diallo Thompson, Natalia Dominguez, Benjamin A. Onyango, Desalene Jones, Rachel Johnson, Elijah Johnson, Wynton Odd, Ed Gonzalez Moreno, Gregory Alan Williams, Natasha Dee Davis, and many others
Brief synopsis: (With The Quickness Parental Warning: Recommended age – 14+ years old) Freshman Year is a story of CJ, who is a preacher’s son and a basketball player. His path intertwines with Marcella, a hard-working first-generation college student, Biology major, and a cheerleader. CJ and Marcella both leave their sheltered homes and different backgrounds, to face the real world of battling peer pressure, and falling in love. At school, CJ is overwhelmed by his new-found freedom and independence. He struggles with balancing his faith with the desire to fit in and falling in love. This film shows the fun, freedom, and friendships of college life. The movie reveals real-life scenarios facing students, and the challenges they encounter when standing up for their faith..
Themes: College Life, Peer Pressure, Relationships, Family, Sin, Second Chances, Medical Situations, Father-and-Son, Coming-of-Age, Romance
Movie of the Week for June 12, 2022
Written and Directed by Howard Bell IV
Stars: Akintunde Warnock, Hayden Gael Barnes, Howard Bell, Percy Bell, Terron Brooks, Santiago Cirilo, Morgan Collier, Micah Lynn Hanson, Anthony
Brief Synopsis: (HAV Faith is a modern-day story of Joseph. What You Meant for Bad, God Turned Around For Good) Hamilton A. Vaughn a former promoter, better known as HAV, experiences a life changing incident that catapults him to the forefront of prominent Mission Church. There he meets an old friend Faith; as well as AJ, son of the retiring Bishop, who is less than pleased with the appointment of Hamilton and is determined to oust the new overseer no matter what the costs.
This film reminds us that we should always HAV Faith in the Most High God.
Themes: Redemption, Faith, Drama, Perseverance
Movie of the Week for May 22, 2022
Written by Micheal D. Brown (story) TK Henderson
Directed by M. Legend Brown
Stars: Chrystee Pharris, Charles Malik Whitfield, Irma P. Hall, Ted Lange
Brief synopsis: What would you do if you told the world you heard God's voice and no one believed you? Steps of Faith, is a light-heart dramedy about Faith Houston an accountant, who is directed by God to move to a small town to work on a Hippotherapy farm helping children. Faith is mocked by her family since she doesn't have a rapport with children or animals and is not a devout Christian.
Faith decides to follow the prompting of her heart and move after she encounters several challenges. After much pleading, she gets a job on the farm shoveling manure out of the horse stalls. After getting more responsibility and the ability to work with children, Faith cracks under pressure and questions whether she heard God's voice or not.
Themes: Trust in God, Steps of Faith, Christian Life, Inspiration, Challenges
Movie of the Week for May 30, 2022
Written by Anthony Hackett
Directed by Anthony Hackett
Stars Karen Abercrombie, Anthony Hackett, Sharonne Lanier, Kyle Arrington, Nicole Paris, Chanel Collins, Aaron C. Wells, India Palmer, Ham Mukasa, Carson Blyskal, Ericka Lee, Willy Ramos, and others.
Brief synopsis: (With The Quickness Parental Warning: Recommended age – 14+ years old) Six high school student's who are all victims of bullying join an after-school program for bullying victims, lead by a man who recently experienced a tragedy due to an act of bullying. The stories of everyone involved with this after-school program, including the counselor, begin to unfold and intertwine into a brilliant mix of drama, triumph, comedy and inspiration.
Themes: Challenges, Bullying, Family, Faith, Hope, Friendship, Determination
Movie of the Week for May 8, 2022
Never Heard (Modified for Family Viewing)
Written by Tamera Hill
Adapted by Michael Girgenti
Screenplay revision by Edna Janeen White
Stars: David Banner, Robin Givens, Romeo Miller, Karrueche Tran, Brian White, Kandi Burruss, Master P., Dorien Wilson, Karen Abercrombie, and many more
Brief synopsis: Aaron is incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit and his son's life is at risk due to his friend's drug operation. To help himself and his family, Aaron must turn to his faith.
Themes: Power of Prayer, Salvation, Relationships, Redemption
Movie of the Week for May 15, 2022
Written by Cas Sigers-Beedles
Directed by Tandria Potts
Stars: Kim Fields, Malinda Williams, Danielle Deadwyler, Jackie Long and many more
Brief synopsis: (With The Quickness Parental Warning: Recommended age – 14+ years old)
A Cross to Bear tells the unflinching and inspiring story of Erica, a would-be dancer with no family connections who finds herself fighting alcoholism and being homeless with her newborn child. One ill-fated night, a tragic event shatters Erica's life. Traumatized and at rock bottom, she finds refuge at the home of Joan - a former nurse who has dedicated her life to helping women that need help.)
Erica struggles to forge a new path for herself, but with the help of Joan's unique brand of tough love, and the guidance of other women at Joan's House, she learns the redemptive power of forgiveness.
Themes: This emotionally powerful story of tragedy, forgiveness, redemption, and faith gives new meaning to the word family.