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Urbanworld Film Festival 2005


June 7, 2005

(New York, NY)-The Urbanworld Film Festival announced today its 9th annual festival, taking place in New York City, June 22-26, 2005, and the roster for official feature, documentary, short film and music video selections, as well as special screenings.  Urbanworld, screening 71 films this year, is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color.

"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 film makers 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!"

Highlights of Urbanworld 2005 include:

*         Opening Night Premiere of Roll Bounce, directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Bow Wow, Mike Epps and Nick Cannon (Chi McBride, Wesley Jonathan, Megan Good, Charlie Murphy); - click here for photos

*         Closing Night Premiere of Hustle & Flow, produced by John Singleton, directed by Craig Brewer, and starring Terrence Dashon Howard, Anthony Anderson and Ludacris; click here for photos

*         World Premiere of Animal, starring Ving Rhames and Terrence Dashon Howard;

*         Special Screening of Constellation, featuring Hill Harper, Gabrielle Union and Billy Dee Williams;

*         Special Screening of Rize, a documentary directed by David LaChapelle - click here for photos -http://www.blackfilm.com/20050408/features/fs_rize.shtml

All festival screenings, except for opening and closing night premieres, will be held at the Loews 34th Street Theaters.  Opening and closing night premieres will both be at Magic Johnson/Loews Theaters on 125th Street in Harlem.

"HBO is proud to have been a part of Urbanworld from its beginnings.  This film festival has a tremendous track record for showcasing--and premiering--world class films and film talent," said Olivia Smashum, EVP Affiliate Marketing, HBO.  "HBO shares Urbanworld's commitment to providing an outlet for both fledgling and seasoned filmmakers telling stories by and about people of color.  We're excited about this year's slate of films and look forward to helping Urbanworld deliver a phenomenal festival to New York's diverse moviegoing audience."

"MTV2 is thrilled to be back supporting Urbanworld for another year as we have tremendous respect for the quality festival Stacy and his team have built," said David Cohn, GM, MTV2.  "The partnership between Urbanworld and MTV2 is an extremely powerful pairing as we both strive to be a launching ground for emerging talent and share the vision of bringing diversity to the respective worlds of film and music.  We are proud to support Urbanworld as it adds such a unique element to the landscape of international film festivals."



Opening Night (WORLD PREMIERE):

ROLL BOUNCE directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Closing Night (NY PREMIERE):

HUSTLE & FLOW directed by Craig Brewer

Other Special Screenings:

Animal directed by David Burke

Rize directed by David LaChapelle

Narrative features in competition include 10 films:

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 Carter

Slow Jam King directed by Steven Malloria

Urbanworld directed by Malik Isasis

Documentary features in competition include 14 films:

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" George

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 Kotlinski

Through the Fire directed by Phil Aromando

Short features in competition include 27 films:

420 Seconds of Love directed by Sarah Walker

A Beautiful Life directed by Kenneth Williams

Among Thieves directed by Oscar Daniels

Barely Buzzed directed by Carter Harris

Breached directed by Laura Richard

Chinese Dream directed by Victor Quinaz

Dragon of Love directed by Doan La

Elephant Boy directed by René Mohandas

El Gran Salto (The Big Leap)

El Otro Sueno Americano (The Other American Dream) directed by Enrique Arroyo

Flaw and Order directed by Malcolm Goodwin

Fried Rice (Nasi) directed by Nils Mooij

God's Hands directed by Sai Varadan

Yo Tambien Te Quiero (I Like You Too) directed by Jack Zagha Kababie

In the Morning directed by Danielle Lurie

Induction directed by Elan Glasser

Kiss and Run directed by Hollie Harper

Las Viandas directed by Jose-Antonio Bonet

The Marriage Counselor directed by Nzingha Stewart

My Pet Pinata directed by Curtis Walker

My Purple Fur Coat directed by Kathryn Ann Busby

Para Vestir Santos directed by Armando Casas

Peso directed by James Bang

Secrets Kept directed by Charles Nuckrolls

Show and Tell directed by Chris Dollard

Singapore Girl directed by Li-Anne Hunag

Spam-Ku directed by Steven K. Tsuchida

Victoria Para Chino directed by Cary Fukunaga

Walking on Sunshine directed by Tracy Taylor

Youngster directed by Will Canon

Short documentaries in competition include 7 films:
African-American directed by Askia Holloway

The Ali Experience directed by Nikki Bates

Amps & Young directed by Basia Winograd

Bullets in the Hood directed by Terrence Fisher & Daniel Howard

Chan: Part of the Nation directed by Joe Kim

Foster Stories directed by Sasha Isaac-Young

Saving Jackie directed by Selena A. Burks

Music videos in competition include 11 clips:

Criminal Mind directed by Skin

Da Principle directed by Skin

Do it for the Dirty directed by Raymond Lynch

Keep On Moving directed by Len Peterson

Let Me directed by RT!

Looking for Love directed by RT!

Saphire Blue directed by Yves Bernadet

Skeet Skeet directed by Jorin Ostroska

System directed by Dawn Wilkinson

Understand if I directed by Skin

Urban Rhapsody directed by Basia Winogard

Urbanworld was launched in August 1997 with 35 films by founder, Stacy Spikes, a former Miramax executive. HBO continues its support at the 2005 festival as the Founding Sponsor and MTV2 returns as an Official Sponsor.  Principal Sponsors include NBC4, blackplanet.com, and MiGente.com.  Benefactors include DGA New York, Westin New York, Kodak, Loews, Magic Johnson Theaters, 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.

For more information, visit www.urbanworld.org.

CONTACT:     Ebony Shears or Dana Baxter

DIME Media Inc. for Urbanworld
212-460-0516 tel
212-460-0549 fax


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