Grey's Anatomy's Kimberly Elise Stars in UP Original Movie APPLE MORTGAGE CAKE
Production continues this week in Hamilton, outside of Toronto, Canada on the UP Original Movie Apple Mortgage Cake,the inspiring true story of Angela Logan who when faced with foreclosure, set a goal to bake 100 cakes in 10 days to save her home. Starring four-time NAACP Image award winnerKimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, "Grey's Anatomy") and produced by Entertainment One (eOne), Apple Mortgage Cake will make its world television premiere on UP in 2014. The film is directed by Michael Scott ("Mrs. Miracle," upcoming UP Original Movie Far From Home). Jamie Pachino ("Franklin & Bash") wrote the script.
The ensemble cast also includes Kevin Hanchard ("Orphan Black," "Suits"), Lamar Johnson ("The Next Step", Home Again), Stephan James ("Degrassi: The Next Generation," Home Again), A.J. Saudin ("Degrassi: The Next Generation," "Da Kink in My Hair"), Gemini Award winner Gabrielle Miller ("Corner Gas," "Call Me Fitz), Joanne Boland ("Copper," "Lost Girl"), Paul De La Rosa ("The L.A. Complex," "Covert Affairs"), Gemini Award winner Catherine Disher ("The Border," "Flashpoint"), Peter Williams ("Stargate SG-1," "Da Kink in My Hair"), Siobhan Murphy ("Rookie Blue," "Men With Brooms"), Barry Flatman ("The Kennedys," "Defiance"), Darlene Cooke ("Saving Hope," "Da Kink in My Hair") and Millie Davis (The Best Man Holiday, "Orphan Black"). The real-life Angela Logan makes a cameo appearance.
A five-year-old Angela Logan (Millie Davis) is in her grandmother Nellie's (Darlene Cooke) kitchen in New Jersey learning how to make apple cake and discovering the joys of baking. Nellie tells Angela: "Cake makes people happy. One bowl, one mixer, and the right company, and you're set free for life."
Thirty-five years later, Angela (Kimberly Elise) is a single, working mom with three teenage boys, Marcus (A.J. Saudin), William, (Stephan James) and Nicolas (Lamar Johnson). She juggles various jobs and helps with employment counseling at the local Mission. While thrilled to be in the family home where she learned to bake, the house is falling apart, with sections deemed uninhabitable by inspectors after storm and flood damage. Plus, the car just decided not to start and the boys all still need shoes, books and food. She has always made due until now when her lender calls in the mortgage loan and puts her into foreclosure. Angela has 10 days to come up with $4000 or she loses her home.
This is the true story of a woman who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home and how this idea completely changes her and her family. As word of her "bake sale" ripples out through neighbors, friends, her church and even old flames, such as Melvin (Kevin Hanchard), the story soon spreads to the news, locally, nationally and internationally. Orders fly in from all over the world. Angela is taken off guard by the overwhelming support. But soon, this fiercely independent woman learns to depend on the kindness and love of others that comes her way, particularly when the community and local businesses rally around Angela to help her finish and ship the initial stacks of orders.
"Apple Mortgage Cake is the inspirational, real-life story about how one good idea and a ton of apples, sugar, flour and butter can change a family's future for the better," said Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP. "We are thrilled to introduce viewers to Angela Logan and her family, who went from foreclosure to "overnight" success and her own prosperous apple cake bakery in Teaneck, New Jersey."
UP presents Apple Mortgage Cake, an Entertainment One Ltd. production. Starring Kimberly Elise, Kevin Hanchard, Lamar Johnson, Stephan James, A.J. Saudin, Gabrielle Miller, Joanne Bolland, Paul De La Rosa, Catherine Disher, Peter Williams, Siobhan Murphy, Barry Flatman, Darlene Cooke and Millie Davis. Directed by Michael Scott. Produced by Entertainment One's Jonathan Schwartz and Robert Lee. Director of Photography is Boris Mojsovski. Editor is Charlotte Disher. Script by Jamie Pachino. Entertainment One is also the international distributor.