Entertainers like Denzel Washington, Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock, ?uestlove, Samuel L. Jackson and more will be getting the documentary treatment at this 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival.
The festival, presented by BET Networks, has announced that Nelson George’s Brooklyn Boheme, a documentary spotlighting the artist movement in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood and starring Spike Lee, Rock and Brandford Marsalis, will be the opening night selection.
Other documentary festival highlights of Urbanworld 2011 include: The Start of Dreams, a documentary about the Black world of Broadway directed by the Horne Brothers and starring Kenny Leon, Washington and Jackson. Omar Epps serves as producer of Ty Hodges’ You, Me & the Circus. The world of gospel and religion is probed in the documentary The Scroll, which features T.D. Jakes, Rev. Al Sharpton, Bishop Eddie Long and Dr. Jeremiah Wright. In addition, VH1 Rock Docs is producing Planet Rock:The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, which is narrated and executive produced by Ice-T and stars Snoop, Rza, Raekwon, ?uestlove, Too $hort and Chuck D.
Urbanworld 2011 boasts narrative selections that are equally impressive. Alrick Brown’s feature on the genocide in Rwanda, Kinyarwanda, will be the closing night selection. The second season of the critically acclaimed HBO Presents: How to Make It in America starring Kid Cudi will premiere at the festival. The drama Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe and directed by Victoria Mahoney will also be featured.
The Urbanworld Film Festival will take place September 14−18 at New York City’s AMC 34th Street movie theater.
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