'Haints' wins best screenplay
NEW YORK — “One Week” took home the Grand Jury prize at the fourth annual Urbanworld Fest, which closed Sunday in Gotham.
Helmed by Carl Seaton, “One Week” stars Eric Lane, Saadiqua Muhammed and Kenny Young about a soon-to-be groom who learns one week prior to his wedding that he may have contracted HIV.
Urbanworld handed out four other honors, including the Audience Award, which went to Jordan Walker-Pearlman’s “The Visit,” starring Hill Harper, Obba Babatunde, Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Dee Williams, Talia Shire and Amy Stiller.
‘Freestyle’ breaks through
Kevin Fitzgerald’s “Freestyle” and Daniel Anker and Barak Goodman’s “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy” took home best documentary kudos while best shorts went to Charles Hall’s “Are You Cinderella?” and Caran Hartsfield’s “Kiss It Up to God.”
Best screenplay went to Myla Churchill for “Hooch Haints,” about two brothers from Queens who bring back the ghost of their great grandfather in search of the treasure he buried in the 1930s.
Winners received $1,000 worth of film stock donated by Kodak. Urbanworld, launched in August 1997, is run by executive director Stacy Spikes, a former exec at Miramax and October Films.
Urbanworld’s advisory board includes Debbie Allen, Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, Russell Simmons, and Tracey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.