Kim Fields is back in front of the camera in the inspirational GMC film, A Cross To Bear.
Actress Kim Fields has been dedicating most of her time behind the scenes directing sitcoms like BET’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” but this weekend we get to see her back in front of the camera in GMC’s inspirational drama A Cross To Bear.
“It’s about faith. It’s about family. It’s about community. But it’s about those not in a way you’d expect,” said GMC Vice Chairman Brad Siegel.
The film follows Erica (Danielle Deadwyler), a troubled young lady navigating through some pretty devastating circumstances. Joan (played by Kim) is fighting her own demons, but with faith and conviction, she helps Erica and many other young women in need of a solid support system. Don’t get it twisted: Kim said she was drawn to this film because “it isn’t a chic flick.”
A Cross To Bear took seven years to reach its completion, but thanks to four incredible African-American women, the story is finally being told. In her first feature film, screenwriter Cas Sigers-Beedles and her producing partner Terri J. Vaughn hooked up with director Tandria Potts and co-producer Shandra McDonald-Bradford to show that people do not always find God by following the traditional path.
Kim and Terri have known each other for years. Not only does Kim direct Terri on “Meet the Browns,” but she also told S2S, “Terri and I were neighbors out in California.”
The two also work together in Terri’s new brainchild The Greenroom Actors Lounge, a coffee lounge and bookstore designed to be a meeting place for Atlanta-based talent to meet, support and nurture one another. The lounge is co-owned by attorney Shannon Nash, film producer Roger Bobb, and retired NBA player Adonal Foyle. Both Kim and her husband Christopher teach there.
Teaching is not all Christopher is doing. Kim explained, “My husband is working on Stephen King’s new play with John Mellencamp.” The play is called Ghost Brothers of Darkling County. “It’s going to premier here in Atlanta at the Alliance Theater before it, more than likely, goes to Broadway, we’re praying," Kim said.
Ghost Brothers of Darkling County just adds another production to the list for Kim’s family, which is very famiiar with Broadway. Kim’s mom, Laverne “Chip” Fields, has frequented that big stage several times, in addition to playing memorable roles like Penny’s abusive mother on “Good Times." She also worked with Kim on "Living Single," where she playing the quirky mother of Regine Hunter.
Nowadays, Chip chooses to replace the actress hat with a director’s hat. Kim explained, “Mom has been directing quite a bit over at Tyler’s studio as well.” Like mother, like daughter.
A Cross To Bear stars Malinda Williams, Jackie Long, and newcomer Tamika Tanner who plays a pivotal character that captures your heart as soon as you lay eyes on her. Also making appearances are singers Angie Stone and Kenny Lattimore. As for the leading lady, Tandria Potts said “Danielle Deadwyler is my little back pocket Viola Davis.”
This original film will air exclusively on GMC on Saturday, February 18, at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm (EST).