Peachtree Village International FIlm Festival


*The latest foray into movie making by nationally syndicated radio DJ Russ Parr is astounding. The D.C. based morning show host and film auteur has just written and directed his fifth movie entitled “The Undershepherd.”

It’s sure to have people, particularly those deep in the black church, saying a lot more than amen. For example, this one scene from the movie illustrates what we mean.

“You’re a fraud and an insult to this church (First Baptist Church) and God,” Deaconess Carter, with controlled anger, deftly portrayed by Vanessa Bell Calloway, said to the Rev. Lawrence “LC” Case. He’s played by Isaiah Washington, whose character was a doctor in the ABC network drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Looking at her straight in the eye, with an air of self righteousness, Rev. Case replied, “I am God.”

It seems Parr was destined to write this story. His mother took him to the black church as a young child. However, it was not a good experience he said.

“I was really invested into the church and the church I was going to. Then I started seeing things that didn’t make sense. My mom, who was a very religious woman, pulled me out of the church. She thought I was losing myself.” Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams

Politics also had something to do with why he felt the need to make this movie, explaining: “It was the 2004 election and I had a Republican friend of mine say, ‘hey, I’ll tell you a little secret when the election is over. We’re going into a lot of swing states and buying off the Black ministers and giving them talking points.’

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