Urbanworld Film Festival Opens This Week

Urbanworld Film Festival Opens This Week

The 14th Annual Urbanworld film festival opens tomorrow in New York City. 

Published September 15, 2010

The 14th Annual Urbanworld film festival opens tomorrow in New York City.  Presented by BET Networks, the legendary film festival highlights independent African-American filmmakers.  This year, Kerry Washington is the ambassador with her film, Night Catches Us , as the opening night film.  I Will Follow , directed by Ava DuVernay , is the closing night film.

Urbanworld is open to the public and I encourage everyone to support Black films by purchasing a ticket.  There are over 70 films to choose from -- below are my recommendations.

* HBO’s Boardwalk Empire , a 1920s-era drama set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition (series premiere) from Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese

* BET’s My Mic Sounds Nice , a documentary exploring the role of female rappers in hip-hop (directed by Ava DuVernay and featuring interviews by Missy Elliott, EVE, Trina, Rah Digga, MC Lyte, Yo Yo and more)

* One Night in Vegas , part of ESPN’s “30 for 30? documentary series, this film details the evening of 1996 when Tupac Shakur was shot (directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood; starring Mike Tyson)

* Kid Capri Presents: The Lionz Den , a short film about an underground rap battle in Harlem (directed by Kid Capri and Loaded Lux, starring Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, and Rakim)

* Sus , a based-on-a-true-story drama centering on the controversial British “sus” laws and their inherent racism (directed by Robert Heath; starring Ralph Brown, Clint Dyer)

* Africa Rising , a documentary portraying the grassroots movement to end female genital mutilation (directed by Paula Heredia)

Click here for more info on Urbanworld .

Written by Clay Cane

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