The 19th UrbanWorld Film Festival was held this past weekend (September 23-27) with incredible multicultural star power on display.
From the festival's ambassador Tyrese Gibson to actor/host Raven-Symone, ballerina Misty Copeland, radio/TV personality Charlamagne Tha God and many more, the red carpet featured a diverse group of talent with a common love of film. The engaging and unique 5-day festival included film screenings (Documentary, Narrative and Shorts), panel discussions (UW Digital), live screenplay readings and exclusive music performances (UW Music).
As official red carpet host for the festival, I managed to capture interviews with a great majority of the talent plus sneak in a number of screenings. The movies selected for this year's event covered an exciting range of themes and demographics. Opening night documentary Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ (presented in conjunction with BET Networks) is a powerful testament to the legend's legacy, especially for today's Millennial audience. As a hip-hop fan, watching Stretch & Bobbito: Radio Changed Lives was a highlight, an extremely well-made film paying tribute to the radio legends who gave artists like Nas, Jay-Z, Big Pun and more their first shot at radio. British film HoneyTrap resonated with me for its female teenage protagonist (boy, did it bring back memories of falling in love with the "bad boy") and the Ty Hodges-directed A Girl Like Grace did exactly the same.
Each film was extremely powerful and showed that culturally diverse cinema is in great hands. To learn more about the 2015 UrbanWorld Film Festival, visit the official site.