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18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Lineup Announced (70+ Films, 12 World Premieres)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 20, 2014 at 2:14PM

Additional titles will be announced in September. In the meantime, the current lineup of films follows...
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Urbanworld 2014

The 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by BET Networks with founding sponsor HBO, today announced most of the films that will be showcased during this year's event.

Running September 17-21, 2014 at Manhattan's AMC Loews 34th Street 14, and various other locations in New York, the festival will screen over 70 films, including a whopping 12 world premieres.

As announced earlier today, "Beyond the Lights," a drama written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, will serve as the opening night film on Thursday, September 18 at the SVA Theater, at 333 W. 23rd Street.

Other screening highlights of films we've previously covered on this blog include: "Difret," directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia), "In the Morning," directed by Nefertite Nguvu, which will be making its world premiere (USA), and in the documentary feature section, "SODIQ," directed by Adeyemi Michael (UK), "The Hip-Hop Fellow," directed by Kenneth Price, making its NYC premiere (USA), "God Loves The Fighter," directed by Damian Marcano, making its NYC (Trinidad & Tobago), and several others, including short works from Frances Bodomo ("Afronauts"), Booker T. Mattison ("Habeas Corpus"), Moon Molson ("The Bravest, The Boldest"), and much more.

Also worth noting, BET returns for the 7th year as presenting sponsor for the festival's Screenplay competition.

Additional highlights of the festival include HBO Latino’s screening of "Habla Men," the newest installment of its originally produced award-winning Habla series on what it means to be Latino in the United States; and Urbanworld Underground, a platform that to highlight and encourage maverick content creators who are transcending conventional filmmaking with innovative storytelling.

“Our 2014 film slate reflects the significance and esteem the festival has achieved over the past 17 years. As the largest multicultural festival, we continue to strive to make Urbanworld 'THE' destination for filmmakers and studios to connect with a diverse movie-going audience," said Gabrielle Glore, Executive Producer and Head of Programming, Urbanworld. "This year, we are excited to add an even deeper variety of international films, as well as content that targets the Latino community. With BET and HBO as our partners, we are able to continue to highlight stories that the world needs to see.”

Additional titles will be announced in September. In the meantime, the current lineup of films follows below:

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Beyond the Lights – Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA) – US Premiere

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Avenues - Directed by Aaref Rodriguez (USA) - Hosted by HBO Latino

Blood and Bone - Directed by Ben Ramsey (USA) - Hosted by Cinemax - Curated by Urban Action Showcase

Habla Men - Hosted by HBO Latino

Purple Rain - Directed by Albert Magnoli (USA) - 30th Anniversary Sing-A-Long

Sleep Dealer – Directed by Alex Rivera (Mexico) - Hosted by The National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Urbanworld Underground - Curated by Project Catalyst

- Jo – Directed by April A. Wilson (USA)

- La Solitaria – Directed by Nelson Isava (USA)

- Page 36 – Directed by Nelsan Ellis (USA)

- The Unseen Beauty – Directed by Gabriel de Urioste (USA)

- Touch – Directed by Shola Amoo (United Kingdom)

- Trust & Estates – Directed by Jeanette Bonds (USA)

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

Brooklyn – Directed by Pascal Tessaud (France) - US Premiere

Christmas Wedding Baby – Directed by Kiara Jones (USA) - World Premiere

Cry Now – Directed by Alberto Barboza (USA) - New York Premiere

Difret – Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia)

God Loves The Fighter – Directed by Damian Marcano (Trinidad & Tobago) - New York Premiere

In the Morning – Directed by Nefertite Nguvu (USA) - World Premiere

Lake Los Angeles – Directed by Mike Ott (USA) - New York Premiere

Los Angeles – Directed by Damian John Harper (Mexico) - New York Premiere

Love Magical – Directed by Justin Foran & Jason Sokoloff - World Premiere

Montana – Directed by Mo Ali Out of Comp (UK) - US Premiere

Night Has Settled – Directed by Steve Clark (USA)

Unsound – Directed by Darious Britt (USA)

What It Was – Directed by Daniel Armando (USA)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS

12 Months – Charysse Tia Harper (USA) - World Premiere

Finding Samuel Lowe – Directed by Jeanette Kong (USA)

Hating Obama – Directed by Marquis Smalls (USA) - World Premiere

Lucky – Directed by Laura Checkoway (USA)

Sewing Hope – Directed by Derek Watson (Uganda) - New York Premiere3

SODIQ – Directed by Adeyemi Michael (UK)

The Hip-Hop Fellow – Directed by Kenneth Price (USA) - New York Premiere

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Bookin – Directed by John Kerkscey (USA)

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Nine - Directed by Wanichaya Phraejunya & Chawalit Kaewmanee (Thailand)

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS

Afronauts – Directed by Frances Bodomo (USA)

Anatomy of Assistance – Directed by Cory Bowles (Canada) - New York Premiere

Barrio Boy – Directed by Dennis Shinners (USA)

Berea – Directed by Vincent Moloi (South Africa) - East Coast Premiere

Celluloid Dreams – Directed by Jonathan Dillon (USA) - New York Premiere

Contamination – Directed by R. Shanea Williams (USA) - New York Premiere

ContentMode x J. Cooper Present “206” Starring David Oyelowo – Directed by J. Cooper (USA)

For The Birds – Directed by Tara Atashgah (USA/Iran)

Full-Windsor – Directed by Faraday Okoro (USA) - New York Premiere

Habeas Corpus – Directed by Booker T. Mattison (USA) - New York Premiere

Hechki (Hiccups) – Directed by Kartik Singh (USA) - World Premiere

Hermanas – Directed by Cristina Kotz Cornejo (Mexico) - East Coast Premiere

Hypebeasts – Directed by Jessica dela Merced (USA)

Isaiah’s Birthday – Directed by Shawn Gerrard (Canada) - World Premiere

J-1 – Directed by Geoffrey Guerrero (USA)

Jaya – Directed by Puja Maewal (India) - New York Premiere

Jenny & Lalo – Directed by Janine Salinas Schoenberg (USA) - East Coast Premiere

L’Autre Feme – Directed by marie KA (Senegal) - East Coast Premiere

Midday Crisis – Directed by Jeff Man (USA) - New York Premiere

Milk & Honey – Directed by Daniel Pfeffer (USA)

Missing Grandma – Directed by Adel L. Morales (USA) - World Premiere

Muted – Directed by Rachel Goldberg (USA)

One Past – Directed by Juli S. Kobayashi (USA) - World Premiere

Pitahaya – Directed by Albert Espinosa (Spain) - New York Premiere

Present Trauma – Directed by Mark D. Manalo (USA) - East Coast Premiere

Serena Strong – Directed by Philiane Phang (USA) - World Premiere

Seventh Grade – Directed by Stefani Saintoge (USA)

Silencio Chino – Directed by Javier Melero De Luca (Venezuela) - US Premiere

Sketch – Directed by Stephen T. Barton (USA) - New York Premiere

Strings Attached – Directed by Nelcie Souffrant (USA) - New York Premiere

The Bravest, The Boldest – Directed by Moon molson (USA) - New York Premiere

The End Again – Directed by Crystle C. Roberson (USA) - New York Premiere

Tobacco Burn – Directed by Justin Liberman (USA) - New York Premiere

Tonsure – Directed by Fred Bumaye (USA) - World Premiere

Woman In Fragments – Directed by Qun Xhou (USA/China/Japan) - New York Premiere

Your Love – Directed by Laila Petrone (USA) - World Premiere

You’re Dead To Me – Directed by Wu Tsang (USA) - New York Premiere4

Additional titles will be announced in September on www.urbanworld.com.

This article is related to: Urbanworld, Festival Dispatch


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