By Carol Ozemhoya
Tune in this weekend – Saturday night (Jan. 24) for “With This Ring,” an original movie from Tracey Edmonds, actress Gabrielle Union and Sheila Duckworth that centers on three women who vow to get married within a year after attending a friend’s wedding. The three women are played by veteran actresses and performers Reginal Hall, Eve and Jill Scott.
The romantic comedy is based on the book “The Vow.” The film also stars Brooklyn Sudano, Stephen Bishop, Brian White, Jason George and Deion Sanders. The script was written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (“The Game,” “The Fosters”).
Edmonds said that the filming went very smoothly and that the women bonded almost immediately and found that they had a lot in common. “We had a sisterhood off camera. This movie turned out the way I envisioned. It’s a beautiful looking movie and it has positive strong women role models.”
Added Hall, “All the women… we really liked each other. It was a great situation to work in. There wasn’t a woman on that set that I didn’t really like. I learned a lot from them. It was a really wonderful experience beyond the shooting.”
Hall said that she found the script was attractive. “I thought is was smart and poignant. And I loved the characters in the film, especially the women.” She added that when she found out that the movie was being produced by Edmonds and Union, she knew she wanted to be a part of it. “It made a really big difference, you know? Because then I knew the film was going to be shot with integrity.”
Tracey said that although Hollywood still has a way to go as far as placing African American women in strong roles, it’s good to see more and more getting big roles. “It’s excited to see Black women in roles such as Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Tarij P. Henson. It’s a blessing that Lifetime is creating spots beyond that and allowing African American women to write and produce scripts.”
“With This Ring” will first air Sat., Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. on Lifetime and then again on Sunday at midnight and 9 a.m., and on Monday at 1 a.m. Additional air dates will be added over time.
Despite the presence of singer Jill Scott and rap artist Eve, the film does not have a soundtrack. Edmonds said that there was no budget to accommodate music.