Closing out the summer film festival season will be the 2011 Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City next month.

As one of the country’s most prominent black film festivals, Urbanworld will open with Nelson George’s paean to his hometown, Brooklyn, NY. The film is titled Brooklyn Boheme. Diane Paragas co-directs the film bolstered by appearances from Spike Lee,Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, and Saul Williams.

Recently, I spoke to Nelson about the film. From his description, Brooklyn Boheme sounded like an intriguing nostalgia trip. I’m definitely interested in attending a screening because I’ve lived in Brooklyn for about 6 years. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

The closing night film will be Kinyarwanda, directed by Alrick Brown; an ensemble work that examines the Rwandan genocide from 6 different perspectives. This will be its New York premiere, after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a World Cinema award. It will also be the second film released by AFFRM.

Filling in the slots between opening and closing night are films that include Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling To The Sky and Andrew Dosumnu’s Restless City. Make A Movie Like Spike, directed by Jamil Walker Smith and You, Me & The Circus by Ty Hodges will also be shown!

The complete festival lineup, as well as ticket information, can be found on the festival’s website here:

Tambay Obenson is editor of Shadow And Act on the indieWIRE Network at

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