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August 2005

First Look: Gospel


Release Date: October 7, 2005
Distributor: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Rob Hardy
Screenwriter: Rob Hardy
Starring: Clifton Powell, Yolanda Adams, Dwayne Boyd, Idris Elba, Frank Taylor, Nona Gaye, Omar Gooding, Tamyra Gray, Fred Hammond, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Boris Kodjoe, Donnie McClurkin, Martha Munizzi, Michael J. Pagan, John Fitzgerald Page, Brandon Thaxton, Hezekiah Walker, Delores Winans, Aloma Wright
Website: http://www.gospelmovie.com/

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"The Gospel" explores the inner-workings of a church. Told from the perspective of the pews, the film gives a realistic portrayal of people dealing with true life struggles and issues. Maestro Kirk Franklin helped set the tone by writing music for the film's performance sequences.Shot entirely on location in Atlanta, "The Gospel" stars Boris Kodjoe as a hot R&B recording artist who’s at the top of his career, yet estranged from his family who are southern Christian leaders in his hometown church. When Kodjoe’s character, David, learns that his father (Clifton Powell), the Bishop of their church is ill and near death, he returns home, only to discover that his childhood rival (Idris Elba) is poised to become his father’s successor at the church and has married his cousin (Nona Gaye) as well. While being met with hostility from family members, David also discovers disloyalty within the music empire he is building - all while struggling to make peace with his family, God and himself.
The Gospel also stars Tamyra (American Idol, Boston Public), Omar Gooding (Baby Boy) and Keisha Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show). They are also joined by gospel superstars Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker, who make their feature debuts.

The Gospel features original music by urban gospel music perform/producer, Kirk Franklin and performances by some of the biggest names in the genre, including Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi and Delores Winans affectionately known to many as Mom Winans. Gospel music fans can also look for a soundtrack to accompany the film, some time in the fall. “We were able to assemble this amazing cast because our actors and heavyweights in the gospel industry like Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams read the story and said it felt genuine to them – that it was a drama about faith that they could relate to,” says film writer/director Rob Hardy, who likens it to the biblical story of the prodigal son with elements loosely based on his own life .

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