Honorees

Warrington Hudlin

Warrington Hudlin

Founding President

Black Filmmaker Foundation

Biography

Warrington Hudlin is an organizer, disruptor, and content creator.

He is the producer of the landmark African American films, HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, and BEBEKIDS, as well as the television specials, COSMIC SLOP and UNSTOPPABLE. His early films, BLACK ATYALE and STREET CORNER STORIES, have been restored and archived at Yale University. Hudlin’s most recent productions in are in Virtual Reality (VR): KUNG FU #ME TOO and CINEFEMME CYPHER.

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). For over 20 years Hudlin has organized and hosted the annual BFF Summit.

Hudlin is the Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Moving Image. He is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow and recipient of the Inaugural Diversity Award from the NYC Mayor’s office. He is 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 Film Festival All Access Program (TAA).

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 special 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.