Saturday, July 2, 2022

The Film Strip: ‘Marshall’ Readies for U.S. Premiere at Urbanworld

*The must see film “Marshall” has its U.S. premiere at the 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival that runs September 20-24, in New York.

I saw “Marshall” and this engrossing, riveting film starring Chadwick Boseman, will leave a lasting impression on all moviegoers.

After “Marshall’s” screening at Urbaworld, there will be a Q&A with Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, and director Reginald Hudlin moderated by Tamron Hall.

Urbanworld, along with founding partner HBO, offer 80 selections that represent the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. Among those confirmed to attend are Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, Gabourey Sidibe, Jeffrey Wright, Rutina Wesley, and Kofi Siriboe.

Robbie Tate-Brickle and Michael B. Jordan in ‘Blackout.’

One of the highlights of the Festival is “Blackout,” starring Jeffrey Wright, Jerry Lamothe, Zoe Saldana, Michael B. Jordan, Robbie TateBrickle, LaTanya Richardson, and Melvin Van Peebles. “It’s a true blessing to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of ‘Blackout,’” Associate Producer Dedra Tate told me. “I was the President/General Manager of Queen Latifah‘s Flavor Unit Entertainment when I first met actor/writer/director Jerry Lamothe.

“It was his incredible script, based on true life events in his Brooklyn neighborhood, and vision that led me to sign him,” Tate continued, “and become Associate Producer of the film, which took us on an incredible journey. It took a village to make this independent film and we were blessed with an all-star ensemble cast.”

Ava DuVernay debuts the midseason premiere of “Queen Sugar,” that airs on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, and will be followed by a Q&A with series stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe. The thought-provoking HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising,” directed by Sonja Sohn, will also be showcased.

irv gotti's tales

The anticipated Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo’s “Tales,” that appears on BET, and uses Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” as the thematic backdrop of the episode will  also be followed by a QA&A. Urbanworld Digital will return to deliver a series of thought-provoking conversations, covering a range of topics including global opportunity, the convergence of content and technology and diversity in the industry. These are just a few eclectic and exciting entries in the four day electrifying festival.

For more info about the lineup and tickets, go to and       Twitter: @thefilmstrip


Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.




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