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Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) -- It's been over 25 years, on Halloween since the father of Cedric Mixon, the creator of the movie "Under the Cherry Tree", was shot 14 times and brutally murdered. Kobalt Books Entertainment, Maverick Entertainment Group and Walmart have teamed to launch a unique inspirational movie and novel, "Under the Cherry Tree". This is a story of two brothers who take separate paths after losing their father, only to find themselves, 25 years later, positioned on that very corner where faith and reality collide.

Mixon, who is also the writer, director, and producer of the film comments, "I remember the traumatic murder of my father on Halloween night of 1986 and having to pass the house where the shooter lived, everyday on my way to school. The sudden absence of a father left our family structure severely broken. There are many people living through extreme circumstances right now that we will never hear about. I just happen to be the voice that spoke. From there, 'Under the Cherry Tree' was born."

WATCH THE MOVIE TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbIWRMFzBdM&feature=youtu.be

In the movie, Kevin loses his job, marriage and the only other family that he knows. He finds himself in a lonely place where love can not be found and silence quickly replaces God's voice. The movie courageously shows what happens when two boys grow up without a father, and then the ups and downs of a marriage when a wife simply loses faith in her husband as he loses faith in God and family at the same time.

"The faith perspective is often neglected in entertainment and in every inner city there's a major family structure that is broken," says Mixon.

"Under the Cherry Tree" was filmed in the heart of Philadelphia for that very reason; it's here that the family is being attacked at the very root.

"This family tree that's being attacked bears fruit that has lost its taste. Not only is a cherry tree expected to bear cherries, but they are expected to be sweet. It's not enough to just have family, but the bond of the family must be as strong as a healthy tree that bears fruit in its season," says Mixon.

"Under the Cherry Tree" explores an inspirational aspect within a storyline that has never been told in quite this way.

"Close your eyes and imagine a man who has been knocked down by every external circumstance possible. Then imagine his wife who fights ghosts of the past and a brother whose demons are all internal. How can a family survive under these conditions? 'Under the Cherry Tree' is a story about just that. It's about brothers learning to work together and about spouses learning to forgive, in order to be restored. Because in the end, they are the only family that they have." says Mixon.

"Maverick is excited to work with Cedric Mixon, who like Tyler Perry, is a triple threat talent; writer, director and producer. His film and book, "Under the Cherry Tree" will serve an underserved niche in the inspirational category but also has broad appeal to all moviegoers in that it focuses on today's family issues," Doug Schwab, President and Founder of Maverick Entertainment Group noted.

"Under the Cherry Tree", the DVD, will be available in Walmart stores nationwide on January 15th, 2013. The novel will be available on Amazon.com on the same day.

For more info, visit: www.underthecherrytreemovie.com

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Kevin and his wife, Tonya, run a successful apartment building and share a wonderful life together. Tonya fights with ghosts of the past while Kevin's brother, Redd, fights internal demons. Redd single-handedly destroys their future and their happiness when he accidentally sets the building on fire. Kevin races to find another source of income as the stress builds and ultimately causes him to turn away from the church. After losing it all, his job, his marriage and the only family that he knows, Kevin, finds himself in a lonely place where love can not be found and silence replaces God's voice.

Cedric Mixon