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‘Marshall,’ ‘Queen Sugar’ Set for 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival

‘Marshall,’ ‘Queen Sugar’ Set for 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival
The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival has announced its 2017 slate, with the likes of Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman making appearances at the festival that aims to represent a broad lens of diversity and expand the definition of urban beyond ethnicity.

Highlights of the festival include the U.S. premiere of “Marshall,” the Thurgood Marshall bio starring Boseman, with a screening followed by a Q&A with Boseman, co-stars Sterling K. Brown and Josh Gad and director Reginald Hudlin, moderated by journalist Tamron Hall. Also on the roster is the debut of the midseason premiere of DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar,” followed by a conversation between series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe with DuVernay and director Julie Dash.

The lineup also includes “Baltimore Rising,” the documentary directed by “The Wire” actor Sonja Sohn, following activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates who struggle to hold Baltimore together in the wake of Freddie Gray’s
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Kai Po Che to open 13th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che will open the 13th edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival. Besides, the festival will host a tribute to actress Shabana Azmi and screen some of the films that she has acted in – Fire by Deepa Mehta, Ankur by Shyam Benegal and City of Joy by Roland Joffe.

The festival that showcases Indian feature films, documentaries and shorts will be held from November 22-28, 2013 in Florence, Italy.

Five feature films will compete in the Feature Films Competition. The Coffin Maker by Veena Bakshi, Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar, Lessons in Forgetting by Unni Vijayan, Heroine by Madhur Bhandarkar and Oonga by Devashish Makhija.

The documentaries in Documentary Competition are Finding Carlton – Uncover the Story of Jazz by Susheel Kurien, A Man Who Planted The Jungle by Piyush Pande, Beyond Bollywood by Adam Dow, Scattered Windows, Connected Doors by Ziba Bhagwagar and Roohi Dixit,
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Clermont Ferrand says “Namaste India” with 41 shorts

Still from Umesh Kulkarni’s Girni

The 35th edition of the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival will commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema with ‘Namaste India’, a sub – section that will screen 41 Indian shorts.

The sub-section that falls under Panorama section aims to offer “a broader historical and cultural overview of this giant country’s (India) film production.” For this festival has made a varied selection, keeping in mind the cultural and geographical diversity in the country. An inclusive list that includes works from film students to independent film makers on a variety of themes like the city, the country, native and religious communities, prostitution, theatre, tradition, borders, poverty, etc.

Out of these, five shorts will be part of a Retrospective of Umesh Kulkarni, who is also on the International Jury of the festival. His shorts: Darshan, Girni, Three of Us, Gaarud and Vilay will be screened at the festival.
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Mumbai Mantra launches Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2012

Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment division of the Mahindra Group, is  collaborating with Sundance Institute for the inaugural Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2012. Eight feature film projects have been selected through a rigorous evaluation process of submissions from Indian screenwriters from around the world . These Screenwriting Fellows will have the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of Creative Advisors (established Screenwriters and Directors) in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with the Creative Advisors, the Screenwriting Fellows will engage in an artistically demanding process that offers indispensable lessons in craft, a fresh perspective on their work and a platform to fully realize their material.This year.s Screenwriting Fellows who will go through an immersive five day workshop (March 11-16) at a Club Mahindra Resort are: .    Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre).    Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita,
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Anusha Rizvi, Shonali Bose among 8 selected for Mahindra Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab 2012

Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab 2012 announced eight feature-film projects for its inaugural edition. Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui’s Opium and Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar’s Margarita, With a Straw are two of them.

The selected 8 Screenwriting Fellows will get an opportunity to develop their works under the guidance of Creative Advisors at a workshop for 5 days from March 11-16, at Club Mahindra Resort in Lonavala.

The selected 8 projects are:

Charudutt Acharya (Sonali Cable Centre)

Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar (Margarita, With a Straw)

Vikas Chandra (Toothache)

Rajnesh Domalpalli (Avani)

Prashant Nair (Umrica)

Anusha Rizvi & Mahmood Farooqui (Opium)

• Ajitpal Singh (Manjhi)

Kartik Singh (Public School).

The group of Creative Advisors include Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams), Marcos Bernstein (Central Station, Foreign Land), Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Contact),Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna), Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth), Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou), Anjum Rajabali (Rajneeti,
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2010 UrbanWorld Film Festival Roster Revealed

I’m a little tied up at the moment, so I didn’t take the time to really dig through this list, and comment on each entry; though, regular readers of this blog should immediately recognize a number of the titles, as we’ve featured a few of them on Shadow And Act, whether individual profiles, or mentioned in previous film festival schedules, or both.

I’ll highlight any relevant titles that we haven’t already, in later posts. For now… See below for the Urbanworld Film Festival 2010 feature film screening roster (Kerry Washington will be this year’s festival Ambassador by the way):

Opening Night Selection:

Night Catches Us,” Tanya Hamilton

Closing Night Selection:

I Will Follow,” Ava DuVernay

Narrative Feature Competition:

“Bilal’s Stand,” Sultan Sharrief

Callback,” Kartik Singh

Everyday Black Man,” Carmen Madden

Go For It!,” Carmen Marron

Krews,” Hilbert Hakim

“Money Matters,” Ryan Richmond

Mooz-Lum,
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