In the city of New York, there is no shortage of fabulous Art, Fashion, Entertainment or Film. This September 2012 is no different. The UrbanWorld Film Festival presented by BET Networks announces its 2012 Festival Slate.
The 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, which is the nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival, Urbanworld will take place September 19-23, 2012 at midtown Manhattan’s AMC 34th Street and will screen 49 films, including 17 world premieres.
Some of the films are: Ava DuVernay’s 2012 Sundance-winning Middle of Nowhere (Emayatzy Corinealdi, Lorraine Toussaint, Dondre Whitfield, Omari Hardwick), a feature film based on the story of a medical student whose world is turned upside down when her husband is incarcerated, will serve as Urbanworld’s Closing Night selection. DuVernay is the first African American woman to win “Best Director” at Sundance.
Other highlights of Urbanworld 2012 include: The Girl Is In Trouble (starring Columbus Short, Wilmer Valderama), Won’t Back Down (starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosie Perez), The Triptych (featuring visual artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, Barron Claiborne), Four (featuring Wendell Pierce), Doin’ It In The Park (co-directed by Kevin Couliau and Bobbito Garcia), and narrative shorts directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Grace”) and Hill Harper (“The Truth”). BET Networks returns for a fifth year as presenting sponsor along with founding sponsor HBO®, who will host the Urbanworld Digital program again this year. “BET Networks is proud to support the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival celebrating the amazing creativity and work of our community’s most talented filmmakers,” said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming. “This is the leading showcase for multicultural films, which connects and brings the BET audience closer to the new wave of emerging talent.
Each New York applauds the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc. for its continuous leadership in redefining the multicultural roles in the world of entertainment and look forward to this year’s upcoming slate of films.” “For 16 years, Urbanworld has brought hundreds of multicultural films to light and connected countless filmmakers with audiences around the world,” said Gabrielle Glore, executive producer and head of programming for Urbanworld. “With the ongoing support of partners such as BET and HBO, we will continue to provide a vehicle for diverse filmmakers to tell their stories, while expanding the perception of ‘urban’ sensibility.”