NEW YORK — Cauleen Smith’s “Drylongso” has won the Grand Jury Prize for best feature at the third Urbanworld Film Festival, which wrapped last weekend here.
Five other prizes were given –mostly to newcomers — during closing ceremonies of the fest, which spotlights works by black and Latino filmmakers.
“Drylongso,” which is Smith’s first feature, concerns a photographer who makes it her mission to document what she deems “an endangered species”: young black men.
A special audience award for best feature went to Timothy Wayne Folsom’s “An Invited Guest,” the story of an escaped convict who holds a dinner party host hostage after falling in love with her.
Tyro helmer Garret Williams won the best director prize for thriller “Spark,” about a couple stranded in an unfriendly backwoods town.
Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgan’s “On the Ropes” was voted best documentary. Pic centers on Brooklyn’s amateur boxing scene.
Scripter Tanya Hamilton’s “Stringbean and Marcus” — which tells the stories of two children of a former Black Panther family –garnered the best screenplay award.