On Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. ET, TV One will present the world premiere of the award-winning film The Undershepherd, which offers a thought-provoking look at the underbelly of power and corruption in the church.
Written, directed and executive produced by nationally syndicated radio personality and filmmaker Russ Parr, The Undershepherd stars Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Lawrence “LC” Case, a motivated and charismatic minister who is overcome by greed; Lamman Rucker as Roland, LC’s best friend and fellow minister; and Malinda Williams as Cassandra, the wife of LC.
Parr has evolved from standup comedian to recording artist to a top-rated, nationally-syndicated radio host heard weekdays by 3.2 million listeners in 25 cities across America to now … independent filmmaker. His film tells the controversial tale of two ministers who, although originally best friends and brothers in Christ, find their relationship tested by access to power, money and greed.
“LC” Case is an ambitious and charismatic minister overcome by greed and ego who uses the pulpit to further his own agenda and ultimately lead his congregation astray.
LC’s best friend Roland struggles to get his grassroots ministry off the ground and doesn’t enjoy the same level of success, which generates controversy and conflict between the two.
The Undershepherd made its national feature film debut in June 2012 and collected multiple cinematic awards along the way including winner of Best Narrative Feature, Best Director and Best Actress at the 2012 American Black Film Festival, 2012 Kansas City Film Festival Winner, 2012 Pan African Film Festival Featured Film, 2012 Motion Picture Association of American Featured Film and 2013 New Voice in Black Cinema Featured Film.