A leader in the black independent cinema movement, Warrington Hudlin co-founded and has served as president of the Black Filmmakers Foundation which has fostered audience development and provided fina...
The second annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced its slate of special events, screenings and guests to mark the 25th anniversary of the Black Filmmaker Foundation, Variety reports.
Guests expected to attend the event include Harry Belafonte, Mos Def, and Chris Rock.
The festival will screen 10 of the most influential black films of the last 25 years, including She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Boyz N the Hood, Boomerang, House Party and Eve's Bayou. The president and one of the founders of BFF, Warrington Hudlin, compiled the films.
Eve's Bayou director Kasi Lemmons is scheduled to speak on a May 7 panel about the role and representation of black women in film, moderated by actresses Ruby Dee, Alfre Woodard and Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing).
Filmmaker Robert Townsend, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in the 1987 comedy about the labors of an aspiring minority actor, Hollywood Shuffle, 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.
"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 told Variety.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. Last year's inaugural festival was attended by more than 150,000 people, generated more than $10.4 million in revenues for local Tribeca merchants, and featured several up-and-coming filmmakers.
The festival runs May 3-11.
Produced first major Hollywood picture, "Boomerang" starring Eddie Murphy
Formed Hudlin Bros., Inc. with brother Reginald for which he has produced music videos for MCA and Polygram Records for artists such as Heavy D and the Boyz, Robert Brookins, Guy, Channel Two, Blue Magic and the Jamaica Boys
With brother Reginald, formed Hudlin Bros. Records; signed distribution deal with Epic Records division of Sony
Began career making documentary films including "Street Corner Stories" and "Black at Yale"
Co-founded the Black Filmmakers Foundation (BFF) with management consultant Alric Nembhard and historian-educator George Cunningham
Co-executive produced (with Reginald Hudlin) "Bebe's Kids", an animated musical comedy based on the comic monologues of the late Robin Harris
Produced and directed the documentary on the making of "School Daze"
A leader in the black independent cinema movement, Warrington Hudlin co-founded and has served as president of the Black Filmmakers Foundation which has fostered audience development and provided financial assistance to black filmmakers. Born and raised in East St Louis, IL, Hudlin graduated from Yale in 1974 and began his career as a documentary filmmaker. His work includes the personal "Black at Yale: A Diary" (made in 1974, released in 1978); the feature-length cinema verite, "Street Corner Stories", about black men in New Haven, who hang out and spin tales; and a behind-the scenes documentary on the making of Spike Lee's "School Daze" (1988). With his brother Reginald, he formed Hudlin Bros., Inc., a production company which has made music videos for MCA and Polygram Records.
Hudlin also produced the teenage hip-hop hit, "House Party" (1990), which was written and directed by Reginald. The comedy, starring the rap duo Kid N' Play (Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin), was a fairly realistic depiction of life among black teenagers and earned praise for its performances, message and high-energy visual style. The film, featuring a hilarious turn by comedian Robin Harris (who died in 1990) as Kid's strict father, spawned two sequels (which did not involve the Hudlins).
The brothers later collaborated on the popular Eddie Murphy vehicle "Boomerang" (1992), about a womanizing marketing expert who meets his match in a predatory female executive. The all-star romantic comedy also featured Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Eartha Kitt, Martin Lawrence and David Alan Grier, and grossed over $70 million domestically. Later that same year, the Hudlin brothers, in a tribute to Robin Harris, executive produced "Bebe's Kids", an animated musical comedy based on Harris' comic monologues.
The Hudlin brothers have made a few forays into TV, including the acclaimed HBO special "Cosmic Slop" (1994), a three-part anthology which combined fantasy and social issues. Warrington wrote and directed the segment entitled "The First Commandment", which explored the clash between Christianity and pagan beliefs. He also co-executive produced the unsuccessful pilot, "The Last Days of Russell", for ABC in 1995.
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born on December 15, 1961
"If you look at these films [like Charles Burnett's "To Sleep with Anger" and Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust"], you see that none is alike and each is completely different from anything that white Hollywood has produced about black life. Hopefully, what Hollywood has learned is that this version of black life--this rather accurate version of black life done by black filmmakers--sells tickets."--Warrington Hudlin discussing the renaissance of films by black filmmakers in the late 1980s and early 1990s (quoted in the program from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame awards)
Hudlin was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame
Co-founder and president of the Black Filmmakers Foundation (1978-)