Columbia, SC – New Life Productions, LLC will debut its new film short, A Mother’s Plea, on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center located 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, S.C. 29169. The event is hosted and co-sponsored by the Brookland Baptist Church Prison Ministry.

Written and directed by Leasharn M. Hopkins, A Mother’s Plea film short introduces Brandon Pope, a graduate student with a promising future until one unfortunate incident turns his dreams into a nightmare. Accused of armed robbery and murder, and with strong circumstantial evidence, Brandon faces life in prison. Desperate for help, he turns to his mother who believes her only son is innocent, and she will do whatever it takes to keep him out of prison.

According to an article written by C. Ronald Huff, Director of Criminal Justice Research Center and the School of Public Policy and Management at Ohio State University, about 10,000 persons in the United States may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year. The most important factors in these convictions are eyewitness misidentification.

Brookland Baptist Church Prison Ministry visits, ministers, and mentors incarcerated men and women in South Carolina. The ministry’s work includes projects that provide housing, food, clothing, and job training for those who will be re-entering the community.

New Life Productions (NLP), LLC is an independent theatre and film company based in Columbia, South Carolina. NLP’s productions are in the forefront of promoting awareness on topics such as youth/gang violence, domestic abuse, HIV/AIDS stigma, and other issues facing the dissipation of the community.

There will be a brief community forum immediately following the film viewing. The forum will consist of representatives from the legal community, law enforcement, and the public.

This film short is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is funded in part by a generous award from John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Also, this is a SAG-AFTRA signatory project.

For more information, please contact Leasharn M. Hopkins, Artistic Director, New Life Productions, LLC at 803-238-5497 or email, Visit the website at

Sharon Sanders
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