Oprah Winfey is a woman on a mission. From the inception of her OWN network, Winfrey has helped create series and miniseries alike and bring them to the public eye. A few nights ago at the Tribeca Film Festival, Winfey premiered her new soap opera “Greenleaf” at the Tribeca Film Festival. A religious soap opera, she’ll have a recurring role, where in a business where is considered taboo to devote an entire story line to faith, spirituality and God, Winfrey tackles this earnestly and head on.
During a Q&A at post-screening, Winfrey states: “What this taught me is that dreams, as big as I can dream and as big the dream that God has held for me, things get even bigger and better” This a story about a woman who returns home because she misses the family and the faith that she left behind and the first episode of Greenleaf hints of storylines that deal with the problems in today’s religions such as corruption, familial warring, infidelity, incest, suicide, homosexuality, the cover-ups and secrets. All of these things are kept under wraps to avoid the exposure of the pastor’s family who is the head of a megachurch with over 4,000 members at worship.
Along with Winfrey the other stars of the series came out to celebrate the premiere Greenleaf’s such as creator Craig Wright, director Clement Virgo, and stars Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield, and Keith David.