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‘Baggage Claim’ to Open 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival

David E. Talbert's latest will open the New York film festival's slate of 60 titles

Baggage Claim,” the David E. Talbert movie starring Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott and Adam Brody, will open 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival in New York.

The 17th annual event, presented by BET Networks, has locked in a slate of features and shorts totaling some 60 films.

Talbert, who is a big name on the profitable African-American theater circuit that is far off the radar for most Broadway denizens, wrote, directed and produced the romantic comedy (based on his own novel) about a woman (Patton) who hits the road for a 30-day air-travel odyssey in search of a potential husband. Boris Kodjoe, Tia Mowry, and Djimon Hounsou also are among the cast of the pic, which will screen at Urbanworld ahead of its Sept. 27 release from Fox Searchlight.

Talbert picked up an Urbanworld award for dramatic feature for his earlier film “A Woman Like That,” which was part of the fest in 1997.

Also on the 2013 Urbanworld slate are the debut of BET original film “Gun Hill,” starring Larenz Tate and Emayatzy Corinealdi, and black western “They Die By Dawn,” with a cast that includes Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Idris Elba, Giancarlo Esposito and Isaiah Washington.

Fest also has skedded a season four episode of “Boardwalk Empire” and music doc “Finding the Funk,” among other titles.

The 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival runs Sept. 18-22.

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