Live from New York, it’s Urbanworld Film Festival

20 Sep
Actor Michael K. Williams and Filmmaker Olu Gittens at Urbanworld Film Festival 2010

Actor Michael K. Williams and Filmmaker Olu Gittens at Urbanworld Film Festival 2010

Quite naturally, Oh Gee Productions was on the scene at this year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, seeing amazing films, meeting terrific people and spreading the word about our film in development, BABY OF THE FAMILY. Festival fever was high, with sold out screenings for Mooz-lum, directed by Q Basir, and Tanya Hamilton’s Night Catches Us, starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie.  As a member of NYWIFT, I got to hear Hamilton speak several months ago about her over-a-decade process of making this gripping film about the return of a Black Panther to his family in Philadelphia, so it was good to see the film get the recognition it deserves.  Also impressive was The Inheritance, directed by newcomer Robert O’Hara and produced by Effie Brown for Cynthia Stafford’s Queen Nefertari Productions. Ms. Brown may very well be the hardest working woman in indie film!

Filmmakers Nicole Sylvester and Michael "Boogie" Pinckney

Filmmakers Nicole Sylvester and Michael "Boogie" Pinckney

Other highlights included My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women In Hip-Hop and I Will Follow, BOTH by publicist-turned-filmmaker Ava DuVernay; Bouncing Cats, a powerful documentary about break dancing in Uganda featuring hip hop pioneer Crazy Legs; Kiara C. Jones’ Men or Mice, Ohene Cornelius’ The Real T; Michael “Boogie” Pinckney’s The Troy Shawn Welcome Story, and many more features and shorts that made a real impact.

Also key were the showcasing of upcoming TV series  – a great idea to do at a festival like this! HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and featuring actor Michael K. Williams (also known as Omar from The Wire); NBC’s The Event, starring Blair Underwood, and NBC’s The Undercovers starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw were in full effect.

Special shout out to Liquid Soul Media, marketers of films as diverse as Notorious and The Princess and the Frog, who were around throughout Urbanworld promoting the NBC shows.  It was great to see these pieces on the big screen and I’ll be tuning in to see them on the small screen.

-O.G.

LINKS:

http://www.urbanworld.com

http://www.liquidsoulmedia.com

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