It has a salacious title - Pregnant by the Pastor: The Aftermath - but SaTonya Ford, the writer, producer, star and co-director, says this film and the events around it are going to showcase the best of Arkansas while shining a light on an important, but little-explored issue.
The film is a sequel, follow-up to 2011’s Pregnant by the Pastor. Her experience with the first film, Ford says, opened not only a lot of doors, but also her eyes.
“I found the purpose in the movie while releasing it,” she explains. “I realized how much of a ministry it is.
“When we released the movie, so many women came forth wanting to share their story, that they had been shamed, things that they had been through. It gave people a platform to open up and share their stories to enlighten others.”
Ford acknowledges that the title alone might give a certain scandalous impression of the film, but insists that “it’s a really great message.”
Its depiction of the abuse of authority is, she says, “an eye-opener. It helps them to understand the fact that people in leadership have to really walk a certain walk.”
Like its predecessor, this movie was filmed in Arkansas and used Arkansas talent behind and in front of the camera.
“It’s beautiful,” Ford says enthusiastically. “We want people to see the better side of Arkansas.”
They’ll see more of that better side, Ford hopes, at the premiere and the events surrounding it.
Ford recalls that when the first film was released in November 2011 there were many people who came in from out of state, who had never been to Little Rock before.
This time, they’re pulling out all the stops, making sure everything runs smoothly and is high class entertainment.
The night before the premiere showings, there will be a red carpet celebration at the Doubletree Hotel, a black/white tie affair to show off a more glamorous side of the capital city, designed, she says, “on the level of Hollywood.”
The movie has five showings Saturday afternoon and evening at the Statehouse Convention Center. The weekend-long celebration also includes a Saturday talk show, a Sunday morning church service and two shows with playwright Marcie Snow on Sunday evening.
Promotion for the first film didn’t go beyond posters, fliers and the movie trailer online, yet they had a large, wide-reaching response. This time, they’ve added TV spots and they’re expecting word of mouth to draw quite a crowd from all over the country.
“The movie has built a following,” she says. “Arkansas has a lot of talent. It’s easy for [Arkansas] to be [overlooked]. Since we’ve put the movie out, we’ve definitely gotten the attention of the media and the audience.”
Pregnant by the Pastor: The Aftermath
Screenings at 4:30, 6, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center, $10 Red Carpet: 7 p.m. Friday, Doubletree Hotel, 424 W. Markham St., Little Rock; $20, couples $35 The SaTonya Ford Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock Sunday service with Michael Hugh: 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 424 W. Markham St., Little Rock A Vision 4 You II with Marcie Snow, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel, Little Rock, $20.
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Weekend, Pages 34 on 08/29/2013
Print Headline: Pregnant by the Pastor sequel uses state’s talent