Her screenplay, “Somebody’s Child,” gained the attention of GMC executives last year at the American Black Film Festival in Miami. They purchased her work and have turned the screenplay into a movie of the same title.
“Somebody’s Child” is scheduled to make its world television premiere at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. next Saturday and again Sunday on GMC. The red carpet premiere will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Midtown Art Cinemas, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta.
“It sounds so cliché and weird, but I knew I was supposed to write it,” said Powell, 35. “I knew that if I wrote it something really spectacular would happen, and it did.”
“Somebody’s Child” tells the story of Constance Rivers, a Savannah mother who had twin boys and gave one up for adoption at birth. While raising her other son, she eventually buys a restaurant where she was once a waitress. Meanwhile, the son who was adopted becomes a jail trustee at her restaurant. They bond and he ultimately donates a kidney to save his mother’s life.
The film stars Michael Jai White (“Why Did I Get Married Too”), Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner Lynn Whitfield (“The Josephine Baker Story,” “Eve’s Bayou”), Nadine Ellis (“Let’s Stay Together”), Clifton Powell (“Ray”) and Byron Minns (“Undisputed”).
Filming for the movie, directed by Gary Wheeler, took place in Wilmington, N.C.
Powell, who visited the set, said the film stayed true to her screenplay. Both are intended to be faith and family friendly.
“The big focus of the film is the Serenity Prayer — God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change — that’s just something that (Constance) has always lived by and was basically rewarded for her faith,” said Powell, who has authored several novels and other screenplays.
Powell was one of four writers from around the country to be named as finalists in GMC’s first-ever Faith and Family Screenplay Competition. There were a total of 131 entries. The final screenplays were judged by entertainment industry professionals at ABFF’s closing night ceremony in July 2011.
Despite its runner-up status, Powell described having her screenplay turned into a movie as “simply amazing.” She said she is now busy working on her next project, a biography of Nicole Lyons, a young race car driver.
“We discovered ‘Somebody’s Child’ as a finalist in the American Black Film Festival’s 2011 GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition,” said Brad Siegel, GMC vice chairman.
“Our goal was to find strong and unique stories about families that we could develop and bring to our viewers to uplift and entertain them. ‘Somebody’s Child’ is a perfect example of this and we are thrilled to be able to present this heartwarming story to our viewers.”