The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Announces F. Gary Gray’s ‘LAW ABIDING CITIZEN’

September 4, 2009 | Law Abiding Citizen News

The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Announces F. Gary Gray’s ‘LAW ABIDING
CITIZEN’ as the 2009 Opening Night Film
Official Selections for America’s Largest Multicultural Film Festival To Be
Presented in New York City on September 23 – 27, 2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival,
presented by BET Networks, today announced the opening night selection of
Overture Films’ dramatic thriller LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, starring Gerard Butler,
Academy Award((R)) winner Jamie Foxx and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis
under the direction of F. Gary Gray. The star-studded event will be held on
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 in the heart of Manhattan with principal cast
and director in attendance. The nation’s largest competitive multicultural
film festival will run through September 27.

Urbanworld also proudly announced the 2009 official selections for the
narrative feature, documentary feature, short documentary and short narrative
categories. The festival will screen 68 films this year. Closing night and
spotlight screenings will be announced September 9.

Highlights of the Urbanworld 2009 official selections include Academy Award
nominee Sophie Okonedo in Anthony Fabian’s SKIN, Chris Rock’s
highly-anticipated documentary GOOD HAIR, four-time Emmy((R)) nominee CCH
Pounder and Nicki Michaeux in Maria Govan’s RAIN; and five films selected in
conjunction with Great Britain’s B3 Media for the inaugural “UK in Focus”

“We’re thrilled to open Urbanworld 2009 with F. Gary Gray’s latest work and
welcome this talented director’s return to the festival thirteen years after
our inaugural presentation of his classic film, SET IT OFF,” explained
festival founder Stacy Spikes. “LAW ABIDING CITIZEN kicks off a dynamic slate
of films that reflect the energy and elasticity of urban and ethnic cinema.
We encourage film lovers everywhere to join us for a four-day celebration of
the best and brightest in multicultural moviemaking.”

Urbanworld Film Festival 2009 Roster

Opening Night:

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN directed by F. Gary Gray

Narrative Features include 12 films:

BLUE directed by Ryan Miningham
DON’T LET ME DROWN directed by Cruz Angeles
HUSH directed by Mark Tonderai (UK IN FOCUS)
JUST ANOTHER DAY directed by Peter Spirer
MISSISSIPPI DAMNED directed by Tina Mabry
RAIN directed by Maria Govan
SALUD directed by Cesar De Leon
SHIFTY directed by Eran Creevy (UK IN FOCUS)
SKIN directed by Anthony Fabian
THE GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY directed by Edgar P. Davis
TOE TO TOE directed by Emily Abt
TURISTAS directed by Alicia Scherson

Documentary Features include 17 films

AMERICANA directed by Topaz Adizes
BAMA GIRL directed by Rachel Goslins
BURMA VJ directed by Anders Ostergaard
CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA directed by Stacy Peralta
EVENTUAL SALVATION directed by Dee Rees
GOOD HAIR directed by Jeff Stilson
MRS. GOUNDO’S DAUGHTER directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater
OFF AND RUNNING directed by Sharese Bullock
P-STAR RISING directed by Gabriel Noble
PRESSURE COOKER directed by Mark Becker
SAY MY NAME directed by Nirit Peled
SHOOTING STARS directed by Johnny Nunez
STILL BILL directed by Alex Vlack, Damani Baker
THE LOST SON OF HAVANA directed by Jon Hock
THE VISITORS directed by Melis Birder
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? directed by Catherine Gund

Short Documentaries include 5 films:

A SENTENCE APART directed by Theo Rigby
A SONG FOR OURSELVES directed by Tadashi Nakamura
BRONX PRINCESS directed by Yoni Brook
HOODS TO WOODS directed by Brian Paupaw
KEEP ON STEPPIN’ directed by Christine Noschese

Short Films include 29 films:

A BARBER’S TALE directed by Nelson George
AMAZON WOMEN directed by Kiara C. Jones
BIG BLACK GOOD MAN directed by Usame Tunagar
BROTHERS INCORPORATED directed by Michael Johnson
ENTER THE PREACHER directed by Paulette James (UK IN FOCUS)
FATHER’S DAY directed by Brian Rolling
FRENCH FOR FOREIGNERS directed by Kartik Singh
GRACE directed by Alrick Brown
HAIR WE ARE directed by Daniella Belchner (UK IN FOCUS)
HOPE directed by Justin Foran
HUG directed by Khary Jones
IN THE WIND directed by Marty Papazian
LA OPERACIONE directed by Victor Cruz
LIFE ON EARTH directed by Jeffrey A. Keith
LOCKS directed by Ryan Coogler
MANALI CREAM directed by Navdeep Kandola (UK IN FOCUS)
MARIACHI directed by Elena Greenlee
MEDICINE MAN directed by Himkar Tak
NUEVA YORK directed by Manolo Celi
OSVALDO’S directed by Randy Wilkins
OUT OF THE DARKNESS directed by Nikki V. Roberts
POPOUS PANE & THE KIDS HE LOVES TO HATE directed by Derrick Anthony
PRODUCTION directed by Lenny Payan
SATURDAY MORNING BLUES directed by Yvonne Michelle Shirley
SECOND CHANCES directed by Moses Halley of Films by Youth Inside
THE FALL directed by Aaron Wallace
THE ROE EFFECT directed by Kiel Adrian Scott
TRECE ANOS directed by Topaz Adizes
WING IT directed by Maria Quintana

About Urbanworld
Urbanworld was launched in August 1997 with 35 films, by founder Stacy Spikes,
a former Miramax executive. BET Networks returns as the 2009 Presenting
Sponsor. HBO continues support as the Founding Sponsor. Principal Sponsors
include ESPN, Black Enterprise, Essence, Giant,,,
and Benefactor Sponsors include Warner Bros., Stella Artois,
Directors Guild of America – New York, Tekserve, AMC Theatres and

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s
leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs
television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET
channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United
States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET
is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of
businesses extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black
entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks – BET J, BET
Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment
tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the
home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which
provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET
International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the
extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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