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Urbanworld Announces 2011 Winners

Urbanworld Announces 2011 Winners


NEW YORK, NY (September 19, 2011) – The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, has announced the winners of the narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, screenplay, teleplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 14-18 and concluded yesterday with an awards reception at Tribeca Grill Loft. Urbanworld, which screened 59 films this year (including 17 world premieres), is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color.

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 Tim Skousen; Produced by Robert Fernandez, Tim 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)

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Bradford Young continues to impress. Hopefully I’ll be able to witness his work myself sooner rather than later.


I actually saw half of Mamitas by accident, due to walking into the wrong theater and let me tell you… it was a bitter -sweet when I realized the error. Beautiful portrait and the lead actor EJ Bonilla… one to watch.

Restless City was so stunning to watch. I’m convinced… Bradford Young is a cinematic poet.

Didn’t get to see Wake, but I thought most of the shorts were interesting as well, sad to have missed Counterfeit.

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