It's going to be another star-studded year at the Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, with plenty of highly anticipated films making their world premieres. The program for the annual New York City festival was announced on Wednesday, and fans can look forward to first looks at Baggage Claim, The Best Man and the BET original movie Gun Hill.
David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton as an air hostess who gives herself 30 days to find a man, will open the festival with a red carpet premiere. The film also stars La La Anthony, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott and Boris Kodjoe.
Closing night will feature a screening of 1999's The Best Man with Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Sanaa Lathan.
The festival will also host a spotlight screening of the BET original film Gun Hill, a police drama about twin brothers (both played by Larenz Tate) on opposite sides of the law.
Other notable screenings in the lineup include a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of Boardwalk Empire, the documentary Finding the Funk by acclaimed director Nelson George and the New York premiere of the "Black western" They Die By Dawn, starring Rosario Dawson, David Banner, Erykah Badu and others.
BET returns as a presenting sponsor of the festival for the sixth consecutive year. "Urbanworld Film Festival celebrates established multi-cultural screenwriters, producers and directors and aims to empower hopefuls by bringing new and diverse films to our community," said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming. "BET believes Urbanworld Film Festival is an undeniable platform for emerging filmmakers, and because we pride ourselves on having our finger on the pulse of what's important to our audience, this makes our partnership even more exciting."
The Urbanworld Film Festival runs from September 18-22 in New York City. Visit www.urbanworld.org for more information and tickets.
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