“Saving Westbrook High” (#SavingWestbrookHigh)
Says Ms. Baraka who also serves as Executive Producer of the film, “‘Saving Westbrook High’ is a ripped-from-
Ms. Baraka said the film, which was shot in Davidson, NC, brings together some of her favorite actors, among them Esai Morales, Loretta Devine and Salli Richardson, with whom she worked on the highly-acclaimed Lifetime film, “Pastor Brown.” “This cast was phenomenal and, of course, it was delightful to work with Salli again.”
“Saving Westbrook High” is the second collaboration between Ms. Baraka and UP TV (formerly gmc). Her first project, “Trinity Goodheart,” was the network’s first original movie and, at the time of its airing, was the highest rated program in the network’s history.
She explains, “I worked closely with network executives to develop ‘Saving Westbrook.’ Their commitment to it was unwavering and I really appreciate that.”
Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP, says, “School’s do not exist in a void, and as such, the input, participation and support of parents, students, the community, and its elected leaders are all necessary to keep good teachers and good schools in place as neighborhood cornerstones. With an award-winning ensemble cast led by Esai Morales, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Loretta Devine, ‘Saving Westbrook High’ brings these timely issues to television in an entertaining, smart and relatable manner that we hope inspires conversation and debate with families and educational professionals.”
Ms. Baraka is currently in pre-production on another UP TV project, “Marry Me For Christmas,” slated to air this holiday season.
“Saving Westbrook High” is produced by Eric Tomosunas’ Swirl Films and directed by Gary Wheeler (Somebody’s Child, The Heart of Christmas).
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