Dunbar set to shepherd 'Pastor' pic


Rockmond Dunbar is making the leap into producing and directing with the indie drama "Pastor Brown."

Dunbar is producing with Carol Ann Shine and Re'Shaun Frear. Rock Capital Films' Steve Belser, Shaun Livingston of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and former NBA player Charles Oakley are on board as executive producers.

Now filming in Atlanta, "Pastor," penned by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka, is a twist on the prodigal son story. It follows a wayward pastor's daughter, Jesse Brown, as she returns from a life as an exotic dancer to make amends with her family and teen son and eventually lead her father's parish, becoming Pastor Brown.

Dunbar also stars in the film as Amir, a Muslim man who becomes the love interest of Brown, played by Salli Richardson Whitfield ("I Am Legend").

Rounding out the cast are Nicole Ari Parker, Keith David, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Beach. Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tasha Smith, Dondre T. Whitfield and Ernie Hudson also star. The film also features guest appearances by R&B singers Monica, Angie Stone and India.Arie as well as former Olympic track star Carl Lewis and Oakley.

The project marks Rock Capital Films' first foray into feature film production.

"The 'Pastor Brown' script and Rockmond Dunbar exemplify the standards we as a company aspire to, and this film seemed a natural and logical next choice for our company to completely finance as we expand our film division," Belser said.

Dunbar, repped by Fortitude and Untitled Entertainment, recently had a role in Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys" for Lionsgate.