OK, I admit there are much bigger things happening right now. The wonderful "Orphan Black" is back (9 p.m. Saturdays, BBC America); Easter weekend ranges from "The Bible," "The Ten Commandments" and an ABC romance movie to a bloody good "King of Thrones."
Still, let's pause for a moment to consider a little movie Sunday. "Apple Mortage Cake" is a fairly good film, but it's real-life story is terrific; so is its star (Kimberly Elise) ... and its cake. Here's the story I sent to papers:
By MIKE HUGHES
Like many people, Angela Logan hit bottom in 2009. Jobs were
scarce, bills were piling, foreclosure was near; she had three sons and no
“We had absolutely no money at all,” Logan said. “We didn’t
have a dime and did not know which way we were going to turn. I had already cried; I had already been
Then she baked. The result is told in the movie “Apple
Mortgage Cake,” described by director Michael Scott as “a very uplifting,
inspiring story.” Appropriately, it debuts on Easter, on the network called UP.
Logan was already familiar with show business. She was a
model and an actress who had small roles in a few episodes of shows shot on the
East Coast. She was also a substitute teacher and a student.
For a time, she said, money was easy to get. “There was a
lot of predatory lending …. Everywhere you went around 2007, ’08, they were
giving money away, until the bubble burst.”
Two businesses – the agency handling her acting, the
contractor fixing her storm-damaged house in Teaneck, N.J. – folded or
disappeared. She needed $2,500 in 10 days to save her home.
Other solutions – hair-styling, studying nursing at
community college – were long-term. She needed something quick; if she could
bake and sell 100 apple cakes, at $40 apiece, she could net the $2,500.
“It’s not an easy thing to say to your friends and to your
family,” Logan said. “Especially after you’ve been on TV and you’ve been in
modeling and doing all that stuff and then all of a sudden you have no money
and you have to ask people for help.”
But people did help, quickly. The local newspaper printed a
story and others followed. A local Hilton loaned its kitchen; a non-profit
group (Bake Me a Wish) helped with shipping. The house was saved.
Now Logan sells her cakes at farm markets, at specialty
stores and for special events, including the VIP party when the Super Bowl came
to New Jersey. She has a Web site (www.maccakes.com)
and has a small role in the movie.
Upbeat stories are common for UP, for Scott (“Mrs. Miracle”)
and for Kimberly Elise (“Ditchdigger’s Daughter”), who stars. “I cook a lot,”
Elise said. “I’m a vegan and so I make a lot of my own food.”
And yes, Logan did make one vegan cake, so Elise could have
the apple-mortgage-cake experience.
“Apple Mortgage Cake,” 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Easter
Repeats the following Saturday (April 26) at 9
and 11 p.m.