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71 Films Set for 9th Urbanworld Fest, Showcasing Work By and About People of Color

71 Films Set for 9th Urbanworld Fest, Showcasing Work By and About People of Color

71 Films Set for 9th Urbanworld Fest, Showcasing Work By and About People of Color

by Eugene Hernandez

An image from Urbanworld opening night film “Roll Bounce” by Malcolm D. Lee. Photo provided by Urbanworld.

New York’s Urbanworld Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 9th annual event, running from June 22 – 26 at Loews 34th Street Theaters. The festival will open and close in Harlem at the Magic Johnson Loews Theaters, kicking off with Malcolm D. Lee‘s “Roll Bounce,” starring Bow Wow, Mike Epps and Nick Cannon. It will close with Craig Brewer‘s “Hustle & Flow,” starring Terrence Dashon Howard, Anthony Anderson, and Ludacris.

A total of 71 films will screen during this year’s edition of Urbanworld, an evening dedicated to film by and about people of color. Among the other festival highlights include the world premiere of David Burke‘s “Animal” starring Ving Rhames and Terrence Dashon Howard and a special screening of David LaChappelle‘s dance doc “Rize.”

“Urbanworld has established a reputation for featuring the best the world of independent urban cinema has to offer, and this year will be no different. We have producers and directors who return to premiere their films at Urbanworld year after year,” said Stacy Spikes, founder of Urbanworld. “This year’s slate is representative of the vibrancy and diversity of perspectives reflected in international film. Urbanworld is happy to provide a platform for showcasing stories that might not otherwise be told, and incredibly grateful to the filmmakers who choose to share their work with us. We encourage cinephiles everywhere to join us in this celebration of the best and brightest in urban moviemaking!”

Ten films are set for the festival’s narrative feature competition, while 14 movies will screen in the Urbanworld feature documentary competition (the films are listed below). Also on tap are a narrative and doc short film competition and a music video competition.

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Lineup information below provided by Urbanworld:


“Bullet Boy,” directed by Saul Dibb

“Constellation,” directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman

“The Hero,” directed by Zeze Gambao

“Proud,” directed by Mary Pat Kelly

“Resurrection: The J. R. Richard Story,” directed by Greg

“Slow Jam King,” directed by Steven Malloria

“Urbanworld,” directed by Malik Isasis


“Code 33,” directed by Zachary Werner

“Deep Crates,” directed by Jeremy Weisfield

“Heart of a Champion,” directed by DeVaughn Ali Kahn

“How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and enjoy it),”
directed by Joe Anglo

“Just For Kicks,” directed by Thibault De Longeville

“The Karlton Hines Story,” directed by Troy Reed

“Liberia: The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here,” directed by
Gerald Barclay

“Love, Lust, & Lies,” directed by Gary “Hafiz”

“The MC2: How We Do It,” directed by Peter Spirer

“Street Fight,” directed by Marshall Curry

“Tat’s Cru: The Mural Kings,” directed by Mark

“Through the Fire,” directed by Phil Aromando

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