Shame, a short film starring Tyrese Gibson and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, will stage its world premiere at the 19th annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York. Gibson will also serve as ambassador for the five-day multicultural cinema showcase (Sept. 23-27), presented by BET Networks with founding sponsor HBO.
Written by Gibson, directed by Paul Hunter and produced by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, Shame chronicles the story of up-and-coming soul singer Lionel Jacobs (Gibson). Married to his background singer Bobbi Ann (Hudson), Jacobs tries to pursue his career dreams while battling drugs and alcohol on one hand and fighting to take care of his wife and children on the other. A conversation with Gibson will follow after the Sept. 26 screening.
“I strive to create art across all mediums that support and showcase our diverse landscape,” states Gibson. “Urbanworld is the perfect partner as they actively and significantly do the same.”
Opening this year’s festival will be BET’s Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ, followed by a Q&A with its filmmakers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah. A Ballerina’s Tale, focused on prima ballerina Misty Copeland, will close out the festival. ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts will moderate a post-screening discussion with Copeland and documentary director Nelson George. For additional information about the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival, visit urbanworld.org.