Night School Starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish Premieres in NYC on Opening Night of the Urbanw

The Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off last night in NYC at the SVA Theater on 23rd street. The festival opened by premiering the much anticipated Night School which stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. The media frenzy event was attended by the movie's stars and a host of other celebrities that included Fat Joe, Mack Wilds, viral sensation The Shiggy Show, Elaine Welteroth, along with the films' director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer.

The five day film festival seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in the media, showcases independent films and documentaries by Black, Latino, & Asian filmmakers. In its 22nd year, the festival has helped catapult the careers of some of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers like Night School's Malcolm D. Lee who screened his first film, The Best Man, at Urbanworld in 1999. On why he thinks the Urbanworld Film Festival is necessary, Malcolm had this to say: "I've been here from the beginning. Since 1997 when it first started out. When I saw Soul Foul being premiered here and Hoodlum. Two years later I was able to debut The Best Man as a work in progress and it was this audience that helped propel it from there. From email campaigns to making it number 1 in the box office." - Malcolm D. Lee

Despite the success of films like Girls Trip and Crazy Rich Asians there is still a lack of minority representation in Hollywood. When asked on how to get the big studios interested in your film Will Packer kept it short and sweet: