Last night (Sept. 19), movie fans and industry insiders converged upon New York City’s School of Visual Art theater to kick off the 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival. Baggage Claim, starring Derek Luke, Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Jenifer Lewis and Adam Brody, marks 17th year of the HBO and BET presented annual event. The David E. Talbert movie wrote, directed and produced the rom-com, which is based on his own novel.
Patton plays a stewardess who takes to the skies for a 30-day air-travel odyssey in search of a potential husband. Djimon Hounsou, Trey Songz, Djimon Housou and Derek Luke are also in the picture, which hits theaters on Sept. 27. The festival opener, which marks a full-circle turn for Talbert, finds the director returning with smiles after winning an award in 1997.
VIBE was on hand for the red carpet festivities, which featured appearances by Rickey Smiley, Earthquake, Big Daddy Kane, Jill Scott and the principal cast of Baggage Claim. Scroll through to see who else was on the red carpet.