'Middle of Nowhere' to close festival

The 16th annual Urbanworld Film Festival has tapped Sundance kudo-winner “Middle of Nowhere” as its closing night offering, wrapping up a fest lineup that also includes Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhall starrer “Won’t Back Down,” Wendell Pierce topliner “Four” and a handful of world premiere features.

“Middle of Nowhere,” which stars Emayatzy Corinealdi as a med student whose husband is jailed, won the director trophy for helmer Ava DuVernay at Sundance earlier this year. Urbanworld screening will rep the movie’s Gotham preem.

World premieres on the fest’s 2012 slate include a spotlight screening of Don Sikorski’s doc “BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Drug Empire,” a look at the drug-running group Black Mafia Family; Vishnu Seesahai’s horror title “Candid”; Russell Leigh Sharman’s mystery-drama “Small of Her Back”; Delila Vallot’s thriller “Tunnel Vision,” and H. James Gilmore’s doc “Men at Work: Voices from Detroit’s Underground Economy.”

Also on the slate are features including Kevin Couliau and Bobbito Garcia’s basketball doc “Doin’ It In the Park” as well as “The Girl is in Trouble,” a murder mystery starring Wilmer Valderrama.

Presented by BET Networks, Urbanworld will encompass some 50 pics including shorts, with an opening night film still to be set. Fest runs Sept. 19-23 in Gotham.

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