Spike Lee, Chris Rock & Nelson George Premiere Brooklyn Boheme

The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks kicked off last night in New York with the opening night world premiere of Nelson George and Diane Paragas’ documentary, Brooklyn Boheme.

The film is named for the borough’s urban bohemian set who came to prominence in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods and where an organic arts movement prospered from the 1990s onward. A magic mix of cultural pride, class empowerment and performing arts education contributed to the area’s birth of stars in film (Spike Lee, Rosie Perez), comedy (Chris Rock), jazz (Branford and Wynton Marsalis), hip-hop (Talib Kweli) and of course, literary masters like George himself.

Celebs such as Rock, Lee, festival ambassador Mario Van Peebles, Maxwell and more came out in support of the film many describe as a “love letter to Brooklyn,” which shows the changing face of a thriving region through waves of varied immigration and social and financial prosperity.

“We’re very excited to be premiering this film at Urbanworld,” said George. “Hopefully, the exposure we’re receiving at this festival will create opportunities for us to bring Brooklyn Boheme to the rest of the world.”

Written by Boss Lady/live.drjays.com