If you know me personally, you know I’ve been talking about this movie for weeks. I was thoroughly impressed with Russ Parr’s last film, “35 and Ticking”, so I was anxious to see this one. The cast is amazing as well and features some heavy hitters, such as Isaiah Washington, Lamman Rucker, Louis Gossett, Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Malinda Williams, just to name a few. Not only that, but as someone who grew up in the church and has my own thoughts regarding mega-churches, I wanted to see how this film played out.
I will admit the movie had some outrageous stuff, but at the end of the day, Russ did it again. This movie won me over; it was excellent. It was well-written, and the cast was amazing. Isaiah Washington plays rogue pastor L.C. Case. Based on the previews, I thought his character turned corrupt. Turns out he started that way. I won’t give the plot away, but I will say this film had some unexpected twists.
The main thing that I think audiences will take away is that corruption, greed, and power can turn good people bad, no matter where they are-the boardroom, the State House, or the pulpit. L.C. allowed his need for power affect ALL of his actions. He had a wife who loved him and a congregation that hung on to his every word, yet he abused them both. At the end of the day, instead of L.C. believing he was a servant of God, he thought he WAS God. Unfortunately, this can happen to people in the pulpit. And sadly, parishioners get caught up in the hype, too. They begin to worship their pastor and put him on a pedastal. When that happens, that never ends well.
Last weekend at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, “The Undershepherd” picked up numerous awards. And Russ is in talks with various distributors to bring the movie to the masses. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see it in a theater near you very soon. If the film does come to a city near you, I highly suggest you go see it. During the showing of the film last night at the DC Black Theater Festival, Russ made an appearance and answered a few questions. He also agreed to be interviewed for the blog, so don’t be surprised if you see an interview with him in the near future. 😉 Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
- Russ Parr Knew His Film “The Undershepherd” Wouldn’t Be Accepted [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO] (therussparrmorningshow.com)
- Isaiah Washington Stars as Corrupt Preacher in The Undershepherd (brittanyblount.wordpress.com)