Kerry Washington's To Open Urbanworld Film Festival

Kerry Washington's To Open Urbanworld Film Festival

The 14th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, is September 15th to September 19th in New York City. 

Published August 26, 2010

The 14th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, is September 15th to September 19th in New York City.  This year a host of films will be presented like Mooz-lum (Nia Long , Evan Ross ), The Inheritance (Golden Brooks , Darrin Dewitt Henson ) and Night Catches Us , which stars Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie -- a film I reviewed earlier this month at the New York Latino International Film Festival .  Washington has been named the festival ambassador.

Urbanworld will screen 71 films, including the world premiere of the closing night film, I Will Follow , which is written and directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Black Dynamite, Antwone Fisher ).

Mark your calendars, all New Yorkers!  The festival is open to the public and festivals are where you get the first look at flicks that have the best writing, acting and passion -- independent films require real sweat and tears.  Here is the complete festival roster:

Opening Night Selection:

  • NIGHT CATCHES US directed by Tanya Hamilton

Closing Night Selection:

  • I WILL FOLLOW directed by Ava DuVernay (World Premiere)

Narrative Feature Competition:

  • BILAL'S STAND directed by Sultan Sharrief

  • CALLBACK directed by Kartik Singh (World Premiere)

  • EVERYDAY BLACK MAN directed by Carmen Madden

  • GO FOR IT! directed by Carmen Marron

  • KREWS directed by Hilbert Hakim

  • MONEY MATTERS directed by Ryan Richmond

  • MOOZ-LUM directed by Qasim Basir (World Premiere)

  • SUS directed by Robert Heath

  • THE INHERITANCE directed by Robert O'Hara

Documentary Feature Competition:

  • BOUNCING CATS directed by Nabil Elderkin

  • FINDING GOD IN THE CITY OF ANGELS directed by J. Jessum & S. Joseph (World Premiere)

  • GROWN IN DETROIT: TEEN MOMS, URBAN FARMERS directed by M. & M. Poppenk

  • NI WAKATI (IT'S TIME!) directed by Michael Wanguhu

  • STREETBALL directed by Demetrius Wren

Documentary Short Competition:

  • JR. POSSE directed by Michele Ervin

  • KID CAPRI PRESENTS: THE LIONZ DEN directed by Loaded Lux and Kid Capri

  • LAREDO, TEXAS directed by Topaz Adizes

  • MANIFEST HOPE: DC directed by Alfred Gragg III (World Premiere)

  • ONE OF THESE MORNINGS directed by Valery Lyman

  • OUR PATH, OUR VOICE, OUR JOURNEY directed by Alex Munoz

Narrative Short Competition:

  • 44 directed by Mikal Din (World Premiere)

  • 3 FACES OF EVELYN directed by Kamali Minter

  • CASTING NOTICE directed by Marcus Thomas

  • CHAINS directed by Marcus Stokes (World Premiere)

  • CLAP CLAP directed by Tanuj Chopra

  • CLOSE directed by Tahir Jetter (World Premiere)

  • CONGRATULATIONS MR. GONZALEZ! directed by Victor Cruz (World Premiere)

  • COOKIE directed by Francisco Ordonez

  • CUTS directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

  • EASY MADE HARD directed by Elizabeth Appell

  • EMPIRE CORNER directed by J.P. Chan (World Premiere)

  • GIMME GRACE directed by Anthony Onah

  • GOOD INTENTIONS directed by Morocco Omari

  • GORDITA directed by Debby Wolfe

  • GRACE directed by Steven Mondesir (World Premiere)

  • HARROW ISLAND directed by Anja Marquardt

  • HEAR ME directed by Kenn Michael (World Premiere)

  • KATRINA'S SON directed by Ya'Ke Smith

  • KNOCK OFF directed by Rosanne Flynn

  • MEN OR MICE directed by Kiara C Jones (World Premiere)

  • MIRROR MIRROR directed by Tamika Guishard (World Premiere)

  • MR. GRAHAM directed by Julius Amedume (World Premiere)

  • PARAMOUR directed by Maba Ba (World Premiere)

  • POSITIVE BUY directed by Hanley Valentin

  • QUIETLY directed by Cole Wiley

  • ROOS DJAJ (CHICKEN HEADS) directed by Bassam Jarbawi

  • SAY GRACE BEFORE DROWNING directed by Nikyatu Jusu

  • SILENT NIGHT directed by Red Carter

  • TAGS directed by Dominique DeLeon

  • THANK YOU FOR WASHING directed by Camille Brown

  • THE CYCLE directed by Roy Clovis

  • THE FORGIVEN directed by Lawrence Saint-Victor (World Premiere)

  • THE REAL T directed by Ohene Cornelius (World Premiere)

  • THE TROY SHAWN WELCOME STORY directed by Michael Pinckney (World Premiere)

  • THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES directed by Shalako Gordon

  • TRAIN directed by Darius Clark Monroe

  • TYPES IN STEREO directed by Gemal Woods

  • URBAN LULLABY directed by Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez (World Premiere)

  • YELLOW directed by Tony Murphy (World Premiere)

Written by Clay Cane


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