Monday, September 19, 2011

September 14-18, 2011 -- UrbanWorld Film Festival

September 14-18, 2011
15th UrbanWorld Film Festival
New York, NY

Opening Night

Mario Van Peebles

Bianca Laverne Jones

Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles

Davetta Sherwood


Diane Paragas

Egypt Sherrod

Giancarlo Esposito

Hassan Johnson

Mike Jackson, Egypt Sherrod

Jas Anderson

John Boyega

Marlo Hampton

Marlo Hampton

Meeka Claxton, Speedy Claxton

Meeka Claxton

Mike Jackson, Egypt Sherrod

Nakee, John Boyega, Spike Lee, Julito McCullum

Nelson George

Nelson George, Chris Rock, Diane Paragas

Osas Ighodaro
Ms. Black USA

QMichaela Angela Davis, Diane Paragas, Nelson George

Qasim Basir

Shola Lynch, Michaela Angela Davis

Spike Lee

Stacy Spikes

Stephen Hill

The Paragas Family

The Horne Brothers


Victoria Mahoney

Photos by Jerome Shaw / UrbanWorld


Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Mario Van Peebles

50 Cent

Andrew Dosunmu, Victoria Mahoney

Andrew Dosunmu

Hassan Johnson

Ian Edelman, Victor Rasuk, xxx, Luis Guzman

Ian Edelman

Jerry Lamothe

Julito McCullum

Kel Mitchell

Khalil Kain

Luis Guzman

Lynn Whitfield

Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield, Stacy Spikes

Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield, Stacy Spikes

Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles, Warrington Hudlin

Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez

Stacy Spikes, 50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles

Stacy Spikes, Steven Hill

Stacy Spikes

Stephen Hill (BET)

Stephen Hill, Stephen Hill (BET)

Sugar Hill Gang, Stephen Hill (BET)

Tami Roman


Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman
Victor Rasuk

Victor Rasuk

Photos by Stephen Knight © 2011 UrbanWorld

September 18, 2011
Closing Night

Allen West
"Life Love Soul"

Alrick Brown, Dorector

Byron Horne, Ryon Horne, Tyson Horne,
'The Start of Dreams"

Cassandra Freeman

Darren Dean, Producer

Dedra Tate, Allen West
"Life Love Soul"

Deidre Harris, Alrick Brown, Cassandra Freeman, Darren Dean

Egypt Sherrod, Amber Noble

Egypt Sherrod, Mike Jackson

Egypt Sherrod, Mike Jackson

Egypt, Mike Jackson

Egypt Sherrod
"Life Love Soul'

Egypt Sherrod

Jamil Walker Smith, Director
"Make a Movie Like Spike"

"Life Love Soul"

Nasser Metcalfe

Nelson George, Yolonda Ross

Noel Calloway, Director
"Life Love Soul"

Sonequa Martin, Victoria Mahoney, Zoe Kravitz, Yolonda Ross
"Yelling to the Sky"

Sonequa Martin

Victoria Mahoney, Director
"Yelling to the Sky"

Yolonda Ross
"Yelling to the Sky"

Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz, Victoria Mahoney


The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are:

Best Narrative Feature

Written and Directed by Nicholas Ozeki; Produced by Adam Renehan, Andrew Daniel Wells

Honorable Mention:
Make a Movie Like Spike (Written and Directed by Jamil Walker Smith)
Restless City (for Cinematography – Bradford Young; Directed by Andrew Dosunmu)

Best Narrative Short

Written and Directed by Bree Newsome; Produced by Valerie Champagne, Bree Newsome

Honorable Mention:
Counterfeit (Written and Directed by Geoff Bailey)
The Man in the Glass Case (Written and Directed by Maxwell Addae)

Best Documentary Feature

Written and Directed by Tom Skousen; Produced by Robert Fernandez, Tom Skousen

Best Documentary Short

Directed by Nadia Hallgren; Produced by Jamie-James Medina

Honorable Mention:
Common Ground (for cinematography – Eduard Jakaj, Stephen Dwight; Directed by Hollie Fifer)

Best Screenplay

Written by Cole Wiley

Honorable Mention:
Blackbird (Written by David Polk)
The Divide (Written by Rashmi Singh)

Best Teleplay

Written by Dawn M. Green and Aliza Pearl Kennerly

Audience Award

Written and Directed by Noel Calloway; Produced by Allen J. West, Benny Pough, Dedra N. Tate

Honorable Mention:
Brooklyn Boheme (Directed by Diane Paragas and Nelson George)

The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Jurors are:

Narrative Shorts Jurors

• Alyce Myatt – Director of Media Arts, NEA (National Endowment for the Arts)
• Tambay Obenson – Filmmaker, Film Critic and Creator, Shadow & Act
• Effie T. Brown – Producer (Rocket Science)

Narrative Features Jurors

• Lauren Craniotes – VP of Productions, Sony Pictures
• Barry Jenkins – Writer & Director (Medicine for Melancholy)
• Stephanie Allain – Producer (Hustle & Flow)
• Dori Begley – Head of Acquisitions, Magnolia Pictures
• Roger Bobb – President, Bobbcat Films (House Of Payne)

Documentary Shorts & Features Jurors

• Jeff Zimbalist – Writer & Director (Favela Rising)
• Jackie Glover – VP of Documentary Films, HBO
• Valerie Watts Meraz – VP of Content Acquisitions, Showtime Networks

Screenplays Jurors

• Moikgantsi Kgama – Founder, ImageNation
• Jae Kim – Senior Director of Original Programming, BET Networks
• Glendon Palmer – VP of Development, Our Stories Films
• Paul Hall – CEO/Founder, Paul Hall Productions (For Colored Girls)
• Ava DuVernay – Writer, Director, & Producer (I Will Follow)

Teleplay Jurors

• Jae Kim – Senior Director, Original Programming, BET Networks
• Tamara Gregory – Senior Director, Original Programming, BET Networks
• Rickey Austyn Biggers – Senior Director, Development, BET Networks

For more information on the Urbanworld Film Festival, visit

About Urbanworld
The Urbanworld® Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes features, documentaries, short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the 2nd Annual Urbanworld® Digital, a 1-day Conference during the festival focused on digital and social media. Over the last fourteen years, Hollywood studios and talent-driven independent films have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld® has also become home to some of today's top brands who wish to reach key influencers and media & entertainment leaders across the multicultural landscape. The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes dedicated to redefining the multicultural roles in contemporary cinema, television, and online, by implementing programs and initiatives that support the development of the urban content creation community. Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer of the Urbanworld Film Festival, as well as ancillary Urbanworld Foundation endeavors. For this year’s 2011 festival, BET Networks returns as the Presenting Sponsor. HBO continues support as the Founding Sponsor. E&J Brandy and MoviePass join as Principal Sponsors. Media Sponsors include Vibe, Uptown,, TheUrbanDaily, Hello Beautiful, Essence, Rolling Out, Carter Magazine KISS FM, and HOT 97. Benefactor Sponsors include AMC Theatres, Directors Guild of America - New York, and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The festival website is

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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