Warrington Hudlin is a media community organizer, celebrated filmmaker, film curator, and Internet producer. His creative work challenges the false dichotomy between social concerns and popular entertainment.
Warrington Hudlin is best known as the producer of popular feature films, HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, and BEBE KIDS. He is currently involved in both transmedia and disruptive media projects.
Hudlin's television producing credits include IRON RING, a martial arts reality series and UNSTOPPABLE, a conversation with the legendary pioneers of African America cinema: Melvin Van Pebbles, and the late Gordon Parks and Ossie Davis, and the award winning HBO drama trilogy, COSMIC SLOP (he also wrote and directed one of the episodes).
Hudlin is the President of BFF (aka the Black Filmmaker Foundation), Founder & Chief of the dvRepublic.org and Cast and Crew of Color.org online communities, and the CEO of the Warrington Hudlin Organization.
Equally at home with digital media as traditional film and television, Warrington Hudlin is the Executive Producer of several online destinations including Cast and Crew of Color.org, dvRepublic.org, Changing the Frame.com, Weapons of Misdirection.com, and Where My Ladies At.com. Hudlin recently produced MARTIAL ARTS CHALLENGERS, reality series on YouTube shot completely on cell phones.
Hudlin serves as the Executive Producer of the BFF Lab (a non profit incubator of multi-cultural, socially concerned, entertainment driven, new media). With funding from the Ford Foundation, the BFF Lab commissioned digital films by a new generation of filmmakers of color including THE ANTI-VIGILANTE; THE BREACH; HATERS; and ONCE UPON A RIDE.
The first online interactive narrative produced in the BFF Lab, WEAPONS OF MISDIRECTION, was funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and won a 2005 Webby Award as best political website. The BFF Lab's most recent online narrative, WHERE MY LADIES AT, was funded by the Ford Foundation.
Warrington Hudlin's success in identifying and developing new talent led to a contract with MTV networks to set up a Lab to assist with their diversity outreach during the launch of the Spike TV channel. In the Lab and for the channel, Hudlin executive produced three TV pilots: BIG HEAD PEOPLE; HERE COMES MUSTAFA; and WATCHMEN: DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY. Subsequently, The N Channel (MTV Networks) adopted this Lab model and contracted with Hudlin to scout and develop new talent for the network. In this Lab, Hudlin executive produced the TV pilot, KATRINA.
Warrington Hudlin is a member of the board of trustees and guest film curator at the Museum of Moving Image in NYC. He is is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and the the board of directors of Public Knowlege (an advocacy group working to defend our rights in the emerging digital culture).
Hudlin serves on the advisory board of the Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Program, Asian Cinevision, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), Yale in Hollywood Film Festival, the NYC Working Group on Diversity in Television and Film Production, and the national advisory board of the Intel Computer Clubhouse. Hudlin is a founding member of the Executive Council of Internet Week/New York.
Hudlin has programmed film festivals and series in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean and was the co-founder and curator of the Acapulco Black Film Festival, which was held in Mexico from 1997 to 2001.
For his service to the film and television industry, Hudlin received the inaugural Diversity Award from the Mayor of the City of New York, the Melvin Van Peebles Trailblazer Award from the American Black Film Festival, the Pioneer Award from African American Women in Cinema, the Trailblazer Award from the Hip Hop Association, and the Revolution Award from Imagenation.
Warrington Hudlin is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, and a graduate of Yale University.
Warrington Hudlin credits his ancestors for the foundation on which his accomplishments are built. His father, Warrington Hudlin Sr., built a successful insurance brokerage and became one of the first African Americans to represent a major insurance company. His grandfather, Edward Hudlin, was a jockey who, following his return from military service in France during World War I, became a stone mason and contractor known for building "rubblestone" houses. His great-grandfather, Richard Hudlin, was a journalist and the third African American in history to establish a motion picture company. His great-great-grandfather, Peter Hudlin, 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 know as the Underground Railroad
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