Posted: Monday – June 22, 2009

(ATLANTA, GA, JUNE 22, 2009) – “Pastor Brown,” the first feature film by Atlanta screenwriter Rhonda Freeman-Baraka, will be the centerpiece screening during the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) this weekend in Miami.

The film, which is slated for a fall release by Rock Capital Films, marks the directorial debut of actor Rockmond Dunbar (“The Family That Preys,” “Soul Food,” “Prison Break”) and features a stellar all-star cast that includes Salli Richardson, Keith David, Ernie Hudson, Tasha Smith, Michael Beach, Tisha Campbell Martin and Michael B. Jordan. Music icons Angie Stone and Monica also appear in the film. “Pastor Brown” was shot in Atlanta last year.

Says Baraka about the ABFF screening, “I’m obviously thrilled. ABFF is a popular and highly respected festival and it’s an honor to have my first film featured in this setting.”

Touted as a modern-day twist on the tale of the prodigal son, “Pastor Brown” is the story of Jesse Brown (Richardson) a young woman who returns home to face a dying father (David), a bitter sister (Parker) and an angry son (Jordan). “This is a film about family and forgiveness. It’s about faith and redemption. I think it’s a story that will touch the hearts of everyone who sees it – thanks in large part to the brilliant talent that breathed life into these characters.”

ABFF takes place June 24-27.

Baraka is currently in development on a romantic comedy entitled “Looking for Jimmy Lee” and a television sitcom.

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