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Angelou helms Showtime pic

Renowned poet, author and playwright Maya Angelou will try her hand behind the camera for the first time when she directs “Down in the Delta” for Showtime, a family drama that begins production July 7 in Toronto.

Film is set to star Alfre Woodard and Wesley Snipes, telling the story of a troubled African-American family in Chicago headed by an alcoholic mother (Woodard). The family moves to a small Mississippi town to get a fresh start.

Rick Rosenberg, Bob Christiansen, Reuben Cannon, Victor McGauley and Snipes produce from a screenplay by Myron Goble.

Angelou is the author of the current New York Times No. 1 bestseller, “The Heart of a Woman.” She previously wrote the screenplay and score for the feature “Georgia, Georgia.”

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