In the midst of Emmy’s glorious diversity and wins from last week the UrbanWorld Film Festival trailed behind bringing us an array of films to continue the legacy of bringing new creators to the forefront of filmmaking.
#Team88 was out and about this weekend at the 21st annual UrbanWorld Film Festival.
The festival spanned five days showcasing documentaries, shorts, screenings,panels and live staged screenplay readings. The festival also expanded to teaching filmmakers about a variety of industry necessities such as financing, distribution, and marketing, all through the lens of digital opportunity.
Our mentor (in our head) Ava Duvernay and the cast of Queen Sugar gave us a sneak peak of the midseason premiere. We got a chance to chat with co- star Rutina Wesley about the season and persons she looks up. Slight pandemonium was in the house when Kofi Siriboe FIONE self came through. (I mean who doesn’t want to see Mr. Ralph Angel).
The official selections are nothing short of amazing. One Eighty8 favorite was Brown Girl Begins. A film set in the year “2049 where the poor are confined to an island off the mainland of Toronto renamed The Burn. Ti-Jeanne, a reluctant priestess, must resurrect Caribbean spirits and survive the possession ritual that killed her mother or her people will die.” The acting was superb, editing on point and overall captivating. #Team88 got a chance to speak to lead actor in the film Emmanuel Kabongo and director Sharon Lewis.
“Marshall” premiered during the closing night. The bio of Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman along with a with a Q&A with, co-stars Emmy award winner Sterling K. Brown and Josh Gad, Oscar award nominee director Reginald Hudlin, and moderated by journalist Tamron Hall.
Of course after the party is the after party, and with our company having a strong Caribbean presence yuh know we love a good fete! Each night after the days wrap up we wined down (literally) and mingle/network with filmmakers alike at the after parties.
This weekend has been nothing short of amazing. Urbanworld has given us a platform and inspiration much needed to push our talents out there and tell stories that are crucial to our communities and those alike. It reminds us that there’s space for EVERYONE in this industry and to always push the envelope of film/web series/shorts/documentary making.
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