Emmy(R) Award-Winning Director and Actor Charles S. Dutton ('The Corner,' 'Roc') Stars In and Directs the Lifetime Original Movie 'Racing for Time'
Inspired by the True Story of Noel Chesnut
Co-Starring Elizabeth Pena ('Resurrection Blvd') and Yaya DaCosta ('Take
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 -- Emmy(R) Award-winning director and
actor Charles S. Dutton ("The Corner," "Roc") stars in and directs the
Lifetime Original Movie "Racing for Time," premiering Saturday, February 16
at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television. The inspiring and uplifting
story is about a male prison guard who creates an unconventional sports
program for some of the toughest and most violent female offenders at a
juvenile correctional facility in an attempt to teach them teamwork,
discipline and self-esteem.
In "Racing for Time," Cleveland "Stack" Stackhouse (Dutton) is a guard
with the Texas Correctional Youth Authority who witnesses the cycle of
destructive choices and racial tensions among female teen offenders and
decides to do something about it. He gathers African-American, Latina and
Caucasian teens, and organizes a multi-racial track team behind the bars of
the prison. Participation in Stack's track team not only breaks down the
racial divides between the girls, but puts them on a path to turn their
Charles S. Dutton won two Emmy(R) Awards for guest-starring roles in
the dramas "The Practice" and "Without a Trace" and another Emmy(R) for
directing the HBO miniseries, "The Corner." He has received Tony(R)
nominations for "The Piano Lesson" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." He also
received an NAACP Image Award for "DC Sniper" and an Image Award for "Roc,"
for which he also served as executive producer. Dutton has numerous feature
film credits including "Against the Ropes," which he also directed; "A Time
to Kill," "Mississippi Masala," "The Distinguished Gentleman," "Menace II
Society," "Rudy," "Cry, the Beloved Country," "Random Hearts" and "Secret
On television, Dutton most recently starred in the CBS series
"Threshold." He also starred in the Emmy(R) Award-winning movie "Something
the Lord Made" and Emmy(R) Award-winning miniseries "The Murder of Mary
Phagan." He appeared in the miniseries "The '60s," "For Love or Country:
The Arturo Sandoval Story," "Deadlocked," "The Piano Lesson" and the
television movies "Zooman," "10,000 Black Men Named George" and "DC Sniper:
23 Days of Fear."
Elizabeth Pena is an award-winning actress who starred in the Showtime
drama "Resurrection Blvd" for three seasons. She also won rave reviews for
her starring role in the CBS telefilm "Suburban Madness." Pena just
completed the independent film "Por Vida" directed by Alan Jacobs and also
starring Danny Glover. Her list of film credits include the award winning
"Transamerica," "The Lost City," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "La
Bamba," "Jacob's Ladder" and "Rush Hour."
Yaya DaCosta appears in "Honeydripper," a feature film directed by John
Sayles, starring Danny Glover and Charles S. Dutton. DaCosta made her
feature film debut in the New Line Cinema film "Take the Lead," opposite
Antonio Banderas and Rob Brown. Her other credits include Isaac Mizrahi's
short film "SuperModelHero," the Nickelodeon pilot "Always There" and an
episode of UPN's "Eve." DaCosta was the runner up in cycle three of
"America's Next Top Model."
"Racing for Time" is produced by von Zerneck Sertner Films, Tiara Blu
Films and Harbor Lights Productions for Lifetime Television. Diane Nabatoff
("Take the Lead," "Knights of the South Bronx"), Rocky Lang ("Titanic" --
the television miniseries, "White Squall"), Frank von Zerneck and Robert M.
Sertner (Lifetime's "Fatal Desire" and "We Were the Mulvaneys") are the
executive producers. Charles S. Dutton ("The Corner," "Against the Ropes")
directs from a script written by Glenn German and Adam Rodgers ("We'll Take
Manhattan"). Dutton is also co-executive producer.
Dutton is managed by Sherry Marsh from Marsh Entertainment and repped
by Bob Gersh. Pena is repped by Rugolo Entertainment and Innovative.
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