UP, America’s favorite channel for uplifting entertainment, presents the UP Original Movie In The Meantime (#InTheMeantime), starring Kali Hawk (Bridesmaids, Couples Retreat), Darrin Dewitt Henson (The Express, “Soul Food”), Terri J. Vaughn (Friday, “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Sugar Mommas”) and Grammy©-nominated artist Musiq Soulchild in his film debut. A romantic comedy with heart, 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.
Directed and produced by former Tyler Perry Studios executive Roger M. Bobb of (“Raising Izzie,” For Colored Girls, “The Rickey Smiley Show”) and based on Nzinga Kadalie Kemp award-winning screenplay from the 2012 UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition presented at the American Black Film Festival. In The Meantime also stars Thomas Mikal Ford (“Martin”), Rodney Perry (Madea’s Big Happy Family), David Mann (Madea’s Big Happy Family, “Meet the Browns”), and Tamela Mann (Sparkle, Madea’s Big Happy Family, “Meet the Browns”) and Demetria McKinney (“House of Payne”).
In the Meantime is the story of Jazmin “Jazz” Welles (Kali Hawk) a confident, educated woman who thought her path in life was all laid out in front of her. When she loses her job and her longtime aspiring artist fiance Blac (Musiq Soulchild) decides they need to take a six-month break from each other before getting married, Jazz loses direction. With Blac gone, Jazz is forced to move in with her very pregnant sister Nina (Terri J. Vaughn) and her husband Reverend Clay (Thomas Mikal Ford) and (FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE FILM CLICK NEXT) throws herself into endless activities in an attempt to find herself. So 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 antagonistic 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 reading a menu. 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.