Tribeca to honor black filmmakers

Fest to screen influential pix as part of BFF fete

The 2nd Tribeca Film Festival has announced its slate of special events, screenings and guests to mark the 25th anniversary of the Black Filmmaker Foundation, including Harry Belafonte, Mos Def and Chris Rock.

Warrington Hudlin, the president and one of the founders of BFF, has curated a program to screen at Tribeca of the 10 most influential black films of the last 25 years. These include “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Boyz in the Hood,” “Boomerang” and “House Party,” the latter two directed by the curator’s brother Reginald Hudlin.

“The Tribeca Film Festival founders’ love of New York City and concern for the welfare of all New Yorkers gave birth to this festival and this is reflected in their ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity,” Warrington Hudlin said.

“Working together with the Black Filmmaker Foundation has created an exceptional opportunity to highlight amazing movies and incredible individuals, both of which have had tremendous influence on the entertainment world and beyond,” Tribeca fest co-founder Jane Rosenthal added.

Also in the lineup is “Eve’s Bayou,” with director Kasi Lemmons scheduled to speak on a May 7 panel about the role and representation of black women in film, with actresses Ruby Dee and Alfre Woodard. Anna Deavere Smith (“The West Wing”) will moderate.

The same night, multi-hyphenate Robert Townsend will host a cocktail party with guests and speakers to include Belafonte, Rock, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael Eric Dyson, Reginald Hudlin, Mos Def and Ben Vereen.

Established in 1978, the BFF is a non-profit organization that develops and administers programs to assist emerging filmmakers and build audiences for their work.

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