Warrington Hudlin

Filmmaker in New York

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Warrington Hudlin is a veteran producer of motion pictures, television, and online media. His work challenges the false dichotomy between social concerns and popular entertainment.

Best known as the producer of the landmark African American films, HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, and BEBE KIDS, and television specials, COSMIC SLOP and UNSTOPPABLE. His most recent work is a VR production: KUNG FU #ME TOO in addition to developing, THE SIEGE OF DETROIT, a genre busting episodic original drama for OTT platform distribution.

As the founding president of BFF (aka the Black Filmmaker Foundation), Hudlin has been a pioneering organizer of the black film movement for four decades. Hudlin organized NYC's first ever annual black film festival (1979) and the first ever National Conference of Black Filmmakers (1980). Hudlin was the co-founder and curator of the Acapulco Film Festival (1997 to 2001).

Hudlin is the Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Moving Image and curator of two monthly film series, FIST & SWORD and CHANGING THE PICTURE. He is Disruptor Foundation Fellow at the Tribeca Film Festival and recipient of the Inaugural Diversity Award from the Mayor of the City of New York. He was a founding board member of the Independent Feature Project (IFP) and a founding the advisory board member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and the Tribeca All Access (TAA) program at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Warrington Hudlin grew up in the notorious city of East St. Louis and attended an experimental high school affiliated with the legendary artist/scholar, Katherine Dunham (who nominated him for a scholarship that paid his tuition to Yale). Hudlin graduated from Yale with honors and was later mentored by two more legends, Melvin Van Peebles and Harry Belafonte.

Warrington Hudlin's accomplishments are built on the foundation laid by his ancestors, beginning with his great-great-grandfather, Peter Hudlin, who escaped from a slave plantation in Virginia, married an indigenous woman from the Cherokee Nation, and became an agent in the US anti-slavery movement known as the Underground Rail Road. Their son and his great grandfather, Richard Hudlin, became a writer, newspaper publisher, and shortly before his death in 1918, started a motion picture production company.