The original Uplifting Entertainment (UP) film ‘Comeback Dad,’ written by Kimberly Walker and directed by Russ Parr debuted on Saturday, June 21st at the 18th annual American Black Film Festival in New York City. The film stars Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, “Roc”), Tatyana Ali (“Love That Girl!,” “The Fresh Price of Bel-Air”) and Brad James (“For Better or Worse”) along with Loretta Devine (UP’s Saving Westwood High, “Grey’s Anatomy”). ‘Comeback Dad’ is set around the drama involving the reconciliation of an alcoholic father and his daughter’s emotional road to recovery from their severed relationship. Tatyana Ali’s character leads as Nima Babineaux, a skilled pianist who owns a music school and undergoes the journey of forgiving her father Othell played by Charles Dutton.
Best known for his role as Todd in the hit sitcom Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, Brad James plays Spence opposite of Ali as her fiancé. James’ character balances the relationship with his fiancé with her estranged father sympathizing with the reconciliation and Othello’s disparity. He admits that understanding and relating to the human experience helped shape his role as Spence for the film. James reveals that he felt blessed shooting ‘Comeback Dad’ and is proud to not have to cringe & worry on the message of the film. He truly values working with Dutton as a mentor, “I learned a lot during the entire ABFF premiere process watching Charles Dutton. He is one of the great actors of our time and is willing to impart information and knowledge,” James stated.
‘Comeback Dad’ was written by ABFF 2013 Honorable Mention Winner Kimberly Walker from last year’s UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition. “We are excited to premiere the movie ‘Comeback Dad,’ a moving, emotional, beautifully-shot father-daughter film, at this year’s ABFF,” said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, UP. “The scripts that we receive for the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition display the depth of talent and kind of entertaining, contemporary and uplifting stories that we develop and share with our viewers.” In addition to screening ‘Comeback Dad,’ UP presented a Live Table Read at ABFF where a scene from each of the top three 2014 screenplay finalists were performed live by celebrities and finalists from ABFF’s Star Project Acting Competition. It was announced that this year’s Grand Prize winner for the 2014 UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition was ‘Island in the Sun’ written by Christopher Brandt who received $5,000 during the “ABFF Honors” awards presentation.