Queen Latifah going to Urbanworld

Will be honorary chair of film festival

Queen Latifah will serve as the honorary chair of 2008 Urbanworld Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 10-14 in New York City. She stars in "The Secret Life of Bees," which will play as the closing night film, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Latifah and Sophie Okonedo.

The fest, which focuses on mainstream cinema by and about people of color, will screen 85 films at the AMC Loews 34th Street Theaters.

Receiving spotlight screenings are Gerald Barclay's "Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan" and Aaron Woodley's "Tennessee."

The narrative film lineup includes Brin Hill's "Ball Don't Lie"; Lance Hammer's "Ballast"; Daniel Williams' "Cigarettes for Breakfast"; Mark Harris' "I Used to Love Her"; Lindsey Christian's "Jazz in the Diamond District"; Robert Townsend's "Pantom Punch"; Mark Andrews "Seal Team"; Iris Huey's "Second Chance"; Kent Faulcon's "Sister's Keeper"; Leon Lozano's "Something Is Killing Tate"; Matt Krentz's "Streetballers"; Dennis Cooper's "The Heart Specialist"; Christopher Angel's "This Is Not a Test"; Jade Dixon's "Truth Hall"; Greg Takoudes' "Up With Me"; and James Spooner's "White Lies Black Sheep."

The list of documentaries scheduled to screen includes: Loren Mendell's "Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene"; Emily Abt's "All of Us"; Marjan Tehrani's "Arusi"; Michael Patrei's "Ballou"; Gabriel London's "Bigg Snoop Dogg's Youth Authority"; Renee Tajima-Pena's "Calavera Highway"; Tim Alexander's "Diary of a Tired Black Man"; Danny Mendoza's "Familiar Voices"; Marc Evans' "In Prison My Whole Life"; Nicholas Bruckman's "La Americana"; Dami Akinnusi's "Malcolm's Echo: The Legacy of Malcolm X"; James Dziura's "Number One with a Bullet"; Thomas G. Miller's "One Bad Cat"; Jackie Salloum's "Slingshot Hip-Hop"; Robert Small's "Something Out of Nothing"; Jeremy Robins' "The Other Side of the Water"; Brad Osbourne's "The Real Great Debaters"; Ava DuVernay's "This Is the Life"; and Guy Logan's "Two Turntables and a Microphone."
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