Urbanworld Annouces 2012 Winners

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Urbanworld Annouces 2012 Winners
Posted by Wilson Morales

September 23, 2012

On Sunday, September 23, the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, announced the winners of the narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, screenplay, teleplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 19-23 and concluded today with an awards reception at Tribeca Grill Loft, sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO® and hosted by actors Stephen Hill (Barbasol) and Tracy Heggins (The Last / First Kiss, Cherry Waves). Urbanworld, which screened 49 films this year (including 17 world premieres), is the largest internationally competitive festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent cinema by and about people of color.

The list of winners is as follows:

Best Narrative Feature


Directed by Joshua Sanchez

A steamy July 4th night brings four people together in two tales of seduction and conflicted desire. Joe is a black, middle-aged, married man out on an Internet date with June, a white teenage boy. Abigayle is Joe’s precocious daughter, out herself with a hot, wisecracking, Latino basketball player named Dexter. As the two couples get to know each other intimately, their realities are tested, and the outcome is bracing. Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, FOUR stars Wendell Pierce, acclaimed for his roles in the HBO series The Wire and Treme and Emory Cohen from NBC’s Smash.

Honorable Mention:

Wolf – Directed by Ya’Ke Smith

Best Narrative Short:


Directed by Jesse Atlas

War, fate and a broken Walkman transcend time in this sci-fi love story.

Honorable Mention:

“Forever In Hiatus” – Directed by Andy Nguyen

Best Documentary Feature:


Directed by Byron Hurt

Baffled by his dad’s unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, director Byron Hurt sets out to explore the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad.

Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars – as well as doctors, family members, and everyday people – Soul Food Junkies blends history, humor, and heartwarming stories to place this culinary tradition under the microscope.

Honorable Mention:

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on 4 Strings – Directed by Tadashi Nakamura

Best Screenplay


Written by Peter Lord

It’s the year 1967… Duty conflicts with conscience, as the first black agent promoted to “Double 0″ status in Britain’s MI-6 is sent on his first mission. His name is PAYNE, AUGUST PAYNE. This story combines the tonal elements of the old James Bond with those of the new. However, we see this 1960’s cold war era world through a new lens as Agent 12 navigates the social and political challenges of the time.

Honorable Mention:

Escaping Bushwick – Written by Javier Ortiz

Best Teleplay


Written by Pauline Gray

Audience Award:

BARBASOL – Best Short

Directed by Ralph Scott

A story about a man that desires to gain acceptance from his elderly father. He realizes that he is running out of time due to his father slipping further into dementia. What he comes to realize is he needs to now turn his attention toward his own son.

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK – Best Feature

Co-Directed by Kevin Couliau & Bobbito Garcia

DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation

Here are photos from the festival

Won’t Back Down was attended by Rosie Perez, Lance Reddick and Dante Brown; Doin’ It in the Park, attended by co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau, Angie Martinez, former NBA player Larry Johnson, Fab 5 Freddy, Pee Wee Kirkland, Corey “Homicide” Williams; Barbasol, a short film attended by director Ralph Scott and lead actor Stephen Hill; An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, attended by director Terence Nance; and Tunnel Vision, attended by director Delilah Vallot, actors Ion Overman and Cristos. “Basketball Wives” Tami Roman was also in attendance to support the film Wolf, by Ya’Ke.

Urbanworld opened on Thursday night at AMC 34th Street with the BET Premiere Cinema film ‘Being Mary Jane,’ an original made for television movie and pilot. On hand to celebrate this world premiere was the film’s lead star Gabrielle Union along with cast members Tika Sumpter and Richard Brooks and writer/director powerhouse couple Salim and Mara Brock Akil. BET top execs Debra Lee (Chairman and CEO), Loretha Jones (President of Original Programming), Jeanine Liburd (Exec Pres. of Corporate Communications) and Connie Orlando (VP, Original Programming) were also in the house to present the film, which was met with rave reviews following the screening. ESSENCE entertainment director Cori Murray moderated the cast Q&A afterward.

Additional attendees included: Jacque Reid, Harriette Cole, Twinkie Byrd (casting director, “Being Mary Jane”), Susan Fales-Hill, Jennifer Williams (VH1, “Basketball Wives”), Karen Gravano (VH1, “Mobb Wives”), Taimak (actor, The Last Dragon), Stacy Spikes (founder, Urbanworld), and Gabrielle Glore (executive producer, Urbanworld).

On Saturday night, the Closing night was ‘Middle of Nowhere,’ which brought out its director Ava DuVernay, star Emayatzy Corinealdi, and cinematographer Bradford Young to a packed audience. Afterwards, a Q & A was moderated by ImageNation founder Moikgantsi Kgama.

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