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‘Kane,’ ‘Lift’ nab top Urbanworld kudos

Grand jury prize for best short goes to 'Jimmy B'

The fifth annual N.Y.-based Urbanworld Film Festival has named the winners of its film and screenplay competition. The fest kicked off Aug. 1 and runs through Sunday.

The HBO doc prize, including $5,000, went to Alison Duke for “Raisin’ Kane: A Rapumentary,” which looks at young black males as entrepreneurs in hip-hop culture.

Grand jury prize for feature film went to co-directors DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter for drama “Lift,” produced by Gotham-based John Hart and Jeff Sharp. Story centers on the effects of professional shoplifting on a dysfunctional family.

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Grand jury prize for best short went to Alison McDonald for “The Life and Times of Little Jimmy B.,” a drama depicting the early life of writer James Baldwin in Depression-era Harlem.

Beresford Bennett took home the screenplay kudos for “Mood Indigo,” while Craig Ross Jr. snagged the helmer honor for “Bluehill Ave.,” a drama of four friends in Boston’s South End.

Audience award for film was handed to director William Jennings for “Harlem Aria,” the drama of a young opera prodigy who is mentally challenged. Estela Bravo’s “Fidel” won the fest’s distinguished achievement for excellence in doc filmmaking for her profile of Fidel Castro.

A special jury prize for artistic merit went to helmer-scribe Clement Virgo for “Love Come Down.”

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