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TV One to Premiere ‘Runaway Island’

Christopher Brandt’s written vision will come to life in the movie, Runaway Island, set to premiere on TV One this summer.

Winner of the Black Film Festival Screenplay competition, Brandt’s film is a unique story centered on a group of complicated strangers looking to escape their troubles. The strangers end up on an Island enriched in African American culture and heritage where they each encounter a transformational experience.

Starring Orange is the New Black’s Lorraine Toussaint, Thomas Q. Jones (Being Mary Jane), and Aisha Hinds (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Runaway Island introduces us to a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island resort run by an interracial couple. Through their holistic lifestyle, visitor’s of the island are confronted with the notion to examine their relationships and insecurities, and are challenged to rebuild their love for one another.

Among the island guests are the couple’s “wiser-than-her-years” teen daughter, the island care taker, a newly widowed affluent Capitol Hill grandmother and her wayward grandson, a successful pastor and his wife who recently lost their daughter to leukemia, and a media socialite whose engagement to an NFL star poses threat to her cultivated badgirl image.

A press release describes the film as “poignant film made with love, laughter and tears.”

Runaway Island, directed by Diane Houston and produced by Gingi Rochelle, will make its TV One debut on July 25 at 8PM ET.