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JUNE 2006

Festival celebrates 10th Anniversary with Waist Deep and Dirty Laundy amongst its slate.



Opening Night Premiere:
Last Days of Left Eye directed and produced by Lauren Lazin

Closing Night Screening:
Half Nelson directed by Ryan Fleck


Other Premieres and Special Screenings:
Dirty Laundry (Premiere) directed by Maurice Jamal
Purple Rain (Screening) directed by Albert Magnoli
Shaft (Screening) directed by Gordon Parks
The Will to Survive (Screening) directed by Jim White and Al Hawkins
Waist Deep (Screening) directed by Vondie Curtis Hall

Narrative features in competition include 9 films:
Confessions Of A Thug directed by Daron Fordham
Holla directed by H.M. Coakley
Hurricane Katrina And A Project Named Desire directed by Greg Carter
Miles From Home directed by Ty Hodges
No.2 directed by Toa Fraser
Premium directed by Pete Chatmon
Traci Townsend directed by Craig Ross, Jr.
Ways of The Flesh directed by Dennis Cooper

Wholetrain directed by Florian Gaag

Documentary features in competition include 13 films:
Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Out of Competition) directed by Byron Hurt
Black Gold (Out of Competition) directed by Marc Francis (II)
Bragging Rights directed by Sonia Gonzalez
Death of Two Sons directed by Micah Schaffer
Dematteo directed by Michael T. Variano
Hairkutt directed by Curtis Elliott

Ithoteng (Out of Competition) directed by Willie Ebersol
Know Difference directed by Chris Brown
Latin Heavy Hitters of Comedy directed by Lyn Don McCray
Next: The Movie directed by Pablo Aravena
Programas directed by Parrish Smith
Runners High directed by Justine Jacob
Spit directed by Rotimi Rainwater
The Pact directed by Andrea Kalin
The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film and Television directed by Jeff Adachi

The Will to Survive (Out of Competition) directed by Jim White and Al Hawkins
Word.Life the Hip-Hop Project directed by Scott Rosenberg

Short features in competition include 24 films:

22 Pick Up directed by Lee Burnett
Adios Para Siempre directed by David Guillermo Barba
Antonio’s Breakfast directed by Daniel Mulloy
Broken directed by David Wendelman
Dead Man’s Morphine directed by Nelson Kim
Dilemma directed by Alex Munoz
Eddie and Gunner directed by Donnie Leaphaert
Endangered Species directed by Chindu Gupta/ Quantae Love
Eye Jammy directed by Daoud Abeid/Dahkil Hausif
Get Faamous directed by Brian Evans
Good Vbrations directed by Carla Waddles
Hobson’s Choice directed by Nikklas Bates
Inspired by directed by Layla Mashavu
Mandingo in a Box directed by Daheli Hall
Saturday Night Life directed by Ava DuVernay
Sin Salida directed by Sayeeda Clarke
Snapshot directed by Kevin Coleman
Swipe directed by Bryan Johnson
The Package directed by B. Radical (Brad Spencer)
The Pretty Boy Project directed by Karl L. Reid, Jr.
Toilet Blunts directed by Lee Burnett
Trespass directed by Xandy Smith
Warm Luke directed by Alexander Wilson
Who Loves The Sun directed by Chen His Wong

Short documentaries in competition include 9 films:

Bling directed by Kareem Edouard
Drifting Pretty directed by Brian Davis
Girls Night Out directed by Gucci Man
God Sleeps in Rwnda directed by Kimberlee Acquaro/Stacy Sherman
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night directed by Sonali Gulati
Sound Class directed by Adam Glickman
The Founders directed by Peter Paul Scott
Untold Legacy directed by Leslie K. Brown
Whose Children Are These directed by Thereasa Thanjan

Music videos in competition include 4 clips:

Churrp directed by Eric Shoe
Recording Artist: K.E.V

Everyday Rudebwoy directed by RT!
Recording Artist: Kardinal Offishall

Try directed by RT!
Recording Artist: Sweatshop Union

You’ll Never Know directed by David F. Mewa
Recording Artist: Mac Graham

HBO is the founding sponsor of the Urbanworld Film Festival. Official sponsors include Wal-Mart Voices of Color Film Series and MTV, with Principal Sponsors including NBC4 as local broadcast television media partner; amNY as official daily newspaper; Power 105 as official radio partner; and AOL Black Voices and AOL Latino as official online partners. Image Entertainment, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and Kodak serve as Benefactor Sponsors. The Westin Hotel will serve as the host hotel of the festival.

Urbanworld previously announced a strategic partnership with VIBE magazine, the preeminent brand in urban music and culture, to serve as the exclusive national urban consumer magazine, providing pre- and post-event exposure in the magazine and on VIBE’s Web site in support of the festival.

“VIBE is pleased partner with Urbanworld to engage such gifted filmmakers of color in the development and presentation of this phenomenal slate,” said Len Burnett, Group Publisher, VIBE magazine. “With so much diverse talent on board, we are looking forward to a productive competition and exciting celebration in honor of the Urbanworld VIBE Film Festival’s 10-year anniversary.”

Since its inception, Urbanworld has presented over 500 features, shorts and documentaries, with estimated attendance reaching 30,000. This year, the 5-day, 10th Annual Urbanworld VIBE Film Festival will feature screenings of 59 independent films in competition, studio premieres, panel discussions, screenplay readings and an awards brunch honoring the festival winners.

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