Had the pleasure of attending a very special screening of UP Original Movie “In the Meantime” held at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.
It was star studded event with red carpet appearances by Kali Hawk, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Terri J. Vaughn, Musiq Soulchild, Thomas Mikal Ford, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Demetria McKinney, Elizabeth Omilami, Amani Cain, Kendal Tuttle and Director/Producer Roger Bobb.
About the Movie:
Based on Nzinga Kadalie Kemp’s award-winning screenplay from the 2012 UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF, In the Meantime features Jazmin “Jazz” Welles (Kali Hawk) as a confident, educated woman who thought her path in life was all laid out in front of her. But when she loses her job, and her longtime aspiring artist fiancé Blac (Musiq Soulchild) decides they need to take a 6-month break from each other before getting married, Jazz loses direction. With Blac gone, Jazz is forced to move in with her sister Nina (Terri J. Vaughn) and her husband Reverend Clay (Thomas Mikal Ford) and throws herself into endless activities in an attempt to find herself. When Nina recruits Jazz to teach an adult literacy program at a local community center, run by the committed Sister Fay (Elisabeth Omilami) and her disapproving daughter Felicia (Demetria McKinney), Jazz reluctantly agrees. There, she is paired with Kwame Davis (Darrin Dewitt Henson) an attorney focused on career advancement, also reluctantly volunteering his Saturdays in an effort to please his boss. Jazz and Kwame work together to find new and creative ways to engage their students including, Minnie (Tamela Mann), a grandmother who yearns to read her Bible and be able to read the karaoke screen with her grandchildren, BJ (Rodney Perry), a West-African who is working to obtain his US citizenship; and Frankie (David Mann), a former R&B artist who wants to stop relying on his children to get him through his daily tasks, like writing a check. As the two teachers guide each student toward individual success, they find themselves personally inspired and drawn into an unlikely friendship that surprisingly blossoms. What started out as a chore becomes an uplifting journey for both. With Jazz’s relationship break set to expire and Kwame’s partnership at the firm speeding forward, both Jazz and Kwame find their lives changing in unforeseen ways.
The film’s soundtrack features the original song “In the Meantime” by Billboard Music Award-winner and Grammy® Award-nominee KEM, a song by Stellar Award-winner Tamela Mann and a duet by Grammy® award-nominee Musiq Soulchild and Demetria McKinney.
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In The Meantime will premiere exclusively on UP on Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. EDT
Promised my boys I would be home to tuck them in so I didn’t get a chance to stay for the movie. I will be tuned in to watch this weekend. 🙂
Take a look at more red carpet pics I snapped.
David and Tamela Mann, Roger Bobb and Egypt Sherrod
Egypt Sherrod, Peter Thomas and Demetria McKinney
Darrin Dewitt Henson