Watch New Hallmark Hall of Fame Film 'Firelight' Written by Ligiah Villalobos

Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, Radio) stars in a new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, Firelight, premiering this Sunday, April 22 at 9:00pm (8pm Central) on the ABC television network. Darnell Martin (Hallmark Hall of Fame's Lost Valentine) directs from a script by NALIP mentor and Outstanding Achievement Award winner Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon).

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Dwayne Johnson (DJ), a counselor at a youth correctional facility. The incarcerated girls and young women come from troubled - often violent -- backgrounds. Many of them belong to gangs and have been involved with illegal drugs - as users and/or dealers. In the words of DJ, "They come in [here] so broken...These are girls who've been abused and objectified their whole lives." 

Brent Shields (Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Smile as Big as the Moon), Alicia Keys (The Nanny Diaries, The Secret Life of Bees) and Mary Martin (Fair City) are executive producers of Firelight. David A. Rosemont (Hallmark Hall of Fame's November Christmas) serves as producer. The film is from Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.

Additionally, Dr. Phil will air a full hour special about the show this Friday, April 20. Check your local listings for time and channel.