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Urban World: Talbert's "A Woman Like That" Wins Anonymous Jury Award

Talbert's "A Woman Like That" Wins Anonymous Jury Award

by Mary Sampson



David Talbert's "A Woman Like That" received the Best Feature Award at the
inaugural Urbanworld Film Festival held Aug 20 -24 in New York City. The
award, intended to encourage and highlight up and coming black
filmmakers, was given out by a jury that had no chairman, did not meet
to discuss the films in competition, and is anonymous. All seven members
of the secret jury voted independently for the films they thought worthy
of awards. Their identities were not revealed before, during, or after
the festival.


Urbanworld Film Festival Executive Director Stacy Spikes explains the
decision for the cloak-and-dagger jury as one of convenience for the
jury members as well as one aimed at keeping the focus on the films. "It
was experimental", he states, adding that the festival may or may not do
it the same way again next year.


225 films were submitted to the festival. 32 were screened with 16 in
competition for Best Feature. Other award winners included John Ridley
for Best Director ("Cold Heart") and Christina Booth's "Norma's Lament" tied
for Best Short with Phil Bertelsen's "Around the Time". Best Documentary
went to St. Claire Bourne's "John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk".


[More information about the festival and the films screened is
available at http://www.uwff.com]

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