*The Urbanworld Film Festival closed its 15th film festival Saturday night with the NYC premiere of the Sundance World Cinema Audience Award film “Kinyarwanda,” directed by Alrick Brown and starring Cassandra Freeman. The packed theater gave the film a standing ovation, followed by a Q&A (with Brown, Freeman and producer Darren Dean) moderated by noted journalist Lola Ogunnaike.
Actress Zoe Kravitz was also in attendance to promote her role in the film “Yelling to the Sky,” directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Gabourey Sidibe, Yolonda Ross and Sonequa Martin.
Additional screenings Saturday night included “Life Love Soul,” directed by Noel Calloway and starring Jamie Hector, Terri J. Vaughn, Chad Coleman, Egypt Sherrod, Tamara Fay, Allen West and Robbie Tate-Brickle; “Make a Movie Like Spike,” directed by and starring Jamil Walker Smith; “The Start of Dreams,” directed by the Horne Brothers and starring Kenny Leon, Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington; and Vh1 Rock Docs’ “Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop” and the “Crack Generation,” narrated and executive produced by Ice-T.
The winning Urbanworld films will be announced Sunday afternoon at the official awards ceremony. For more information, visit www.urbanworld.org.
Photos by Stephen Knight