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June 2005
The 9th Urbanworld Film Festival Announces 2005 Winners


Winners Celebrated at Festival’s Closing Awards Brunch on June 26

(New York, NY)—The 9th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival today announced the winners for feature, documentary, short film, screenplay and music video categories.  The five day festival was held June 22-26 in New York City; wrapping up on Sunday, June 26 with a closing awards brunch to congratulate the competition’s winners. Urbanworld, which screened 71 films this year, is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color.

The 9th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival winners are: 

Best Feature Film
The Hero
Directed By Zeze Gamboa, Written By Carla Baptista, & Produced By Fernando Vendrell


Best Documentary Film (Feature Length)
Through The Fire
Directed By Jonathan Hock, Produced By Diane Houslin & Phillip Aromando


Best Short Documentary Film
Foster Stories
Directed By Sasha Isaac-Young, Produced By Chen-Hsi Wong & Jacqueline Schaeffer


Best Short Film
The Other American Dream
Written & Directed By Enrique Arroyo


Best Music Video
Keep On Moving
Written & Directed By Len Peterson, Produced By Brenden Sawatsky & Len Peterson


Best Screenplay
Holy Shyster
Written By Andre Wiggins


Audience Award Winner

Written & Directed By Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Produced By Shannon Murphy, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Nancy Archuleta, Gabe Nieto, Morris Ruskin, Kristi Gamble, & Peter Kleidman

“The 2005 Urbanworld winners keenly display the quality and breadth of the submissions we received this year,” said Stacy Spikes, Founder & Chairman of Urbanworld.  “With the ongoing support of both the creative community and our sponsors, we are thrilled to congratulate these talented individuals who continually inspire us through their outstanding work.” 

Highlights of The 9th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival include the opening night premiere of Roll Bounce (starring Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Meagan Good and directed by Malcolm Lee) and the closing night screening of Hustle & Flow (starring Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson and produced by John Singleton), as well as special screenings of RIZE (directed by David LaChapelle) and Animal (starring Ving Rhames).

About Urbanworld:

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, MiGente.com, and Westin New York.  Benefactors include DGA 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, please visit http://www.urbanworld.org


Ebony Shears or Dana Baxter
DIME Media Inc. for Urbanworld
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