Larenz Tate*Actor Larenz Tate will serve as festival ambassador for the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks.

The event will include 60 films, both features and shorts, including David E. Talbert’s romantic comedy, “Baggage Claim,” the and black western “They Die By Dawn,” starring Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Idris Elba, Giancarlo Esposito and Isaiah Washington.

Tate will attend the screening for his new film “Gun Hill” on Friday, September 20 at 8:00pm. “Gun Hill” was directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood and centers around a pair of identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. Both characters are both played by Tate.

“I’m honored to not only have my new BET project, “Gun Hill,” premiering here, but to also be festival ambassador of this year’s Urbanworld Film Festival,” said Tate. “This festival is a celebration of multicultural art and its diverse and innovative contributors. I look forward to working with the Urbanworld team and enjoying some great films!”

The festival’s closing night film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson, Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Anthony Mackie. Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, and Bob Teitel produced the film with Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Clay Floren, Aimee Shieh, Julio Depietro, Keith Kjarval, Mary Vernieu, and Amy Nauiokas executive producing.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is a moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.

Urbanworld Founding Sponsor HBO returns to host the 4th Annual Urbanworld Digital, a one-day digital track on September 18 at the HBO Theater, featuring key industry influencers who will discuss topics including digital marketing, social media and distribution.

“HBO is pleased to take part in the continuing discussions on the growing demand for personalized entertainment and its impact on how we interact,” said Dennis Williams, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, at HBO. “From connecting with viewers via a variety of digital platforms and social media outlets to cutting-edge promotions, this new environment offers a myriad of opportunities to become better communicators and removes many barriers traditionally faced by emerging filmmakers.”

The 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival runs Sept. 18-22 in New York City.

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