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July 2004
Film Festival: Eighth Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Festival To Be Held August 4-8 in New York

NEW YORK, NY (July 16, 2004) – The 8th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival today announced the 2004 roster for official feature, documentary, short film and music video selections, as well as special screenings. Presented by MTV2, the four-day event will be held on August 4-8, 2004 in New York. Urbanworld, which will screen 103 films this year, is America’s largest festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent urban cinema.


Highlights of Urbanworld 2004 will include the closing night U.S. premiere of The Seat Filler starring Kelly Rowland and Duane Martin; the world premiere of Beauty Shop produced by Magic Johnson and Jeff Clanagan and starring Mo’Nique; a 20th Anniversary retrospective screening of Purple Rain; a special screening of Stander directed by Bronwen Hughes; and a special screening of The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon, Mos Def and Eve.

Stacy Spikes, founder of Urbanworld: “We are thrilled to host a dynamic slate of films that reflect the energy and elasticity of urban cinema. These first-rate pictures have been selected to illustrate the varied and rich textures of the international film experience. We thank the many artists who will share their work with us this year, and encourage cinephiles everywhere to join us for a four-day celebration of the best and brightest in urban moviemaking.”


Urbanworld Film Festival 2004 Roster
Opening Night (previously announced):
COLLATERAL directed by Michael Mann

Closing Night:
THE SEATFILLER directed by Nick Castle

Urbanworld 2004 Selections

Narrative features in competition include 16 films:
A SILENT LOVE directed by Federico Hidalgo
BEAT THE DRUM directed by David Hickson
BORICUA directed by Marisol Torres
BROOKLYN BOUND directed by Rich Devaney
CRITICAL ASSIGNMENT directed by Jason Xenopoulos
CROSS BRONX directed by Larry Golin
FRONTERZ directed by Courtney Jones
ON THE DOWN LOW directed by Tadeo Garcia
ONE LOVE directed by Rick Elgood, Don Letts
RAGE & DISCIPLINE directed by Brian Sechler
SEVEN DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS directed by Joel Cano
SWORD IN THE MOON directed by Kim Eui-Seok
TAKE OUT directed by Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
UNKNOWN SOLDIER directed by Ferenc Toth
UR4 GIVEN directed by Cinque Lee
WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED directed by Michael Schultz

Documentary features in competition include 25 films:
49? directed by Sherman Alexie
A HARD STRAIGHT directed by Goro Toshima
BEEF II directed by Peter Spirer
DEADLINE directed by Katy Chevigny & Kirsten Johnson
EVERY MOTHER’S SON directed by Kelly Anderson, Tami Gold
FAMILY PORTRAIT directed by Patricia Riggen
THE FIGHT directed by Barak Goodman
FRUIT OF LABOR directed by Pepe Urquijo
HARDWOOD DREAMS directed by Fredic Golding
I PROMISE AFRICA directed by Jerry A. Henry
JOEY directed by Nancy Morton Stein
JUVIES directed by Leslie Neale
LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN directed by David Peterson
LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT directed by Thomas Gibson
LIBERIA: AN UNCIVIL WAR directed by Jonathan Stack
LILO & ME directed by Kip Fulbeck
NEGROES WITH GUNS directed by Sandra Dickson, Churchill L. Roberts
OF MEXICAN DESCENT directed by Pepe Urquijo
ON THE D.L. directed by Andrew Gura
OUR STORY directed by Blanca X Aguerra
THE SIXTH SECTION directed by Xochitl Dorsey
STATE OF DENIAL directed by Elaine Epstein
TEXAS DONUT SHOP directed by Wook Steven Heo
TROUBLE WITH READING directed by Stephen Richardson

Short features in competition include 41 films:
9:30 directed by Mun Chee Yong
A WAY OUT directed by Michel Franco
ACTION HERO directed by Morrell Jones II
ADVENTURES OF SUPERNIGGER directed by Arlick Brown
ALLERGIC TO NUTS directed by Rosalyn Coleman Williams
ANDRE ROYO’S BIG SCENE directed by Christopher Cherot
AVENUE X directed by Phil Roc
BOX PREACHER, THE directed by Alexander Pikas
DATE directed by Eva Saks
DEEP SILENCE directed by Gustavo Loza
E PUR SI MUOVE directed by Agustin Calderon
ECOLOGY OF LOVE, THE directed by Brin Hill
EL CHANCECITO directed by Efterpi Charalambidis
ESME SEEKING directed by Angela Cheng
EXACTLY directed by Lisa Leone
FISH directed by Kim Spurlock
GET HOME SAFE directed by Lyndon McCray
GOD IS GOOD directed by Caryn Waechter
MALE GROUPIE, THE directed by Christopher Cherot
KNOCK, KNOCK, WHO’S THERE? directed by Joe Knee
LA MILPA directed by Patricia Riggen
LAND OF THE FREE directed by Edford Banuel
LONG STORY SHORT directed by Simbiat Hall
MEMO, THE directed by Daheli Hall
MULE, THE directed by Nicholas Rucka
SHOOK directed by Melanie R.W. Oram
SHOOTER directed by Todd Jeffrey
SHOOTOUT directed by Rod Giles
SKIPS directed by Steve Curley
SNAP directed by Manolo Celi
SOME WOUNDS directed by Vladimir Lik
SPARKS directed by Virginie Danglades
SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, A directed by Andrea Williams
STRANGE AND CHARMED directed by Shari Frilot
TAP HEAT directed by Dean Hargrove
TEA FOR TWO directed by Salvador Aguirre, Alejandro Lubezki
THAT’S WHY directed by Reggie Adams
THIRD MOVEMENT, THE directed by Mauricio Bidault
WARRIORS AT PLAY directed by Dean Davis
YOURS IS NEXT directed by Sandra Solares

Music videos in competition include 5 clips:
ANGEL directed by Miguel A. Camargo
BLACK ROSE directed by Brandi Smith
REGRET directed by Andinh Ha, Bruce Cheung
TIME TO CHANGE directed by Randall Thorne
THROWBACK directed by Randall Thorne

Special Screenings include 4 films:
BEAUTY SHOP directed by Leslie Small
PURPLE RAIN directed by Albert Magnoli
STANDER directed by Bronwen Hughes
WOODSMAN, THE directed by Nicole Kassell

Urbanworld was launched in August 1997 with 35 films, by founder Stacy Spikes, a former Miramax executive. MTV is the 2004 Presenting Sponsor. HBO continues support as the Founding Sponsor. Spike TV and Tanqueray are Official Sponsors of the festival. Principal Sponsors include Maryland Film Office, The Hollywood Reporter and Westin New York. America Magazine is the official Media Sponsor. Benefactors include DGA New York, Kodak, Loews, Magic Johnson Theaters, Urban Beauty Collective and Tribeca Film Center.

The advisory board includes Debbie Allen, Charles Burnett, Michelle Byrd, Julie Dash, Kenneth "Babyface" and Tracey Edmonds, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Franklin, Danny Glover, Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Rosie Perez, John Pierson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Wechsler, and Laura Ziskin. Spikes serves as Chairman Emeritus. Gabrielle Glore and Maria Weaver-Watson are executive producers.


Dates: Wednesday, August 4 through Sunday, August 8


Magic Johnson/Loews (Fredrick Douglas & 125th)
Loews Theaters (34th & 8th)
Directors Guild of America (NYC)


Phone: Urbanworld Film Festival – info: 212.941.3845

For more information, visit www.urbanworld.org.

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