(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop culture will be front and center during the 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, which is taking place this weekend in Manhattan.
Music mogul Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo will screen his BET series "Tales" over the weekend.
Irv's series is a scripted anthology of "song stories" deriving from the lyrics of classic hip-hop songs, which are reimagined into mini-movies.
Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" will serve as the backdrop of the episode screening tonight (September 21).
Irv will be on hand to participate in a Q&A directly after the screening of his "Tales" episode.
Author/director Sacha Jenkins will get some love during the weekend, with a screening of his documentary "Word is Bond" during the Urbanworld Film Festival.
The documentary highlights upcoming artists and legendary rappers who examine the nature of lyricism.
"Word is Bond" will also screen tonight (September 21) at 10:00 PM.
Other highly anticipated flicks that will screen include "The Wire" actress Sonja Sohn's HBO documentary "Baltimore Rising."
Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay will also return to the festival on Saturday (September 23), to debut the midseason premiere of "Queen Sugar."
“Our 2017 slate reflects an even deeper variety of content including new categories animation shorts, web originals and music videos in response to the changing landscape inspired by the cross-cultural community of makers and innovators,” said Gabrielle Glore, Festival Director & Head of
Programming, Urbanworld Film Festival.
“We are proud that Urbanworld remains 'THE' destination for storytellers and studios to connect with a viewing audience as we continue to take a lead role in inclusion, highlighting distinct voices and elevating content creators with diverse backgrounds," Glore added.
The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival will close with the U.S. premiere of "Marshall" on Saturday (September 23), which focuses on the life of Thurgood Marshall, who is played by actor Chadwick Bozeman.
Actors confirmed to appear during the week include Jamie Hector, La La Anthony, Melvin Van Peebles, Latonya Richardson–Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, and Gabourey Sidibe.
The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival is presented by founding partner HBO, along with Revolt and AT&T.
Over 80 selections will show during this weekend's event, across a variety of stories, characters themes, and cultures.
Get passes and check the schedule below:
The Urbanworld Film Festival is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, we curate a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures.