Urbanworld 2014: Pics From Day 3 and Selma Panel DiscussionPosted by Wilson Morales
September 21, 2014
Among the shorts and feature films being shown on Day 3 at the 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival were Jeneatte Kong’s Finding Samuel Lowe, Kenneth Price’s The Hip Hop Fellow, Laura Checkoway’s Lucky, Mike Ott’s Lake Los Angeles, Damian Marcano’s God Loves The Fighter, Zereseney Berhane Mehari’s Difret, and Nefertite Nguvu’s In The Morning.
There was even a Purple Rain special sing-along presentation to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary.
The highlight of the evening was a spotlight conversation with acclaimed festival alumni, writer/director Ava DuVernay, who presented the festival with never-before-seen clips of her upcoming film, SELMA.
“SELMA” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King,Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover,Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompsonas Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, with Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Introduced by ‘Free Angela’ director Shola Lynch, a panel discussion about the film was held with DuVernay and David Oyelowo. Moderating the talkback was Urbanworld Executive Producer Gabrielle Glore.
“SELMA” will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015.
Following the showing of two clips, Oyelow breaks downs as it was his first time seeing any footage from the film.