1st Annual Black Docs Film Series Announced
Harlem Globetrotters, Bill Duke, BET Program, and Celebrity Doctors to Contribute / Down Low, Steppin, Hood and Ghetto Lifestyles, and Sports Legacies included.
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5/16/2006 7:13:01 AM

Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc. (501(c)(3)) (NGAF), producers of the Black History Month Film & Discussion Series and the Urban Film Series Tour, announced today that Landmark Theatre will host the First Annual Black Docs Film Series. Black Docs will be be produced from May through August, at Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema, located at 555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC. All members of the public are invited to come and support the May 25th opening featuring the Official Public Premiere of the Harlem Globetrotters' recently completed documentary, The Team That Changed The World. Tickets prices range from $7.50 - $10.50 and can be purchased at Landmark Theatre. The four-month fundraising event will benefit NGAF's upcoming community programming and help send its 2007 Urban Film Series Tour to underserved communities in the United States.

Sticking true to the motto of Connecting Communities with History and Progressive Cinema, Black Docs is the only program of its kind in that it focuses exclusively on documentaries related to urban lifestyles and issues. "The program has been in development for over a year due to the over 150 quality submissions we have received for the annual February tour," says Corey Jennings, founder and project coordinator. "Many filmmakers have little or no programs available that provide exposure to documentaries of this sort," says Jennings.

Who: Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc.

What: 1st Annual Black Docs Film Series

Where: Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema

When: May 25th, June 29th, July 27th and August 24th, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: Students/Seniors: $7.50; Adults: $10.50; Group Rate (4 or more): $9. Prices may vary per month.

Official Black Docs Schedule

May 25 – Basketball ~ The Official Public Premiere
Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed The World (2005)

Invited Guests: Coaches John Thompson II & III

About the Documentary: The new award-winning documentary about the team that defied all challenges and defined the role of minority athletes in entertainment and sports. Winner of a 2006 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism. Narrated by Chuck D, featuring celebrity interviews and footage with Phil Jackson, Henry Kissinger, David Stern, Larry Brown, John Chaney, Bill Cosby, Bob Cousy, Connie Hawkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Isiah Thomas and others. Witness how, in 1948, the all-black Globetrotters challenged and took on the all-white World Champion Minneapolis Lakers amid a hostile climate of segregation and discrimination, and their historic trip to Cold War Berlin in 1951 as ambassadors of democracy. Website: www.HarlemGlobeTrotters.com

June 29 – Down Low ~ The Official Premiere Screening
Project W.O.W.: A Look Into the Lives of Men Having Sex With Men (as seen on BET) (2005)

Featuring a Q&A with Talk Show host and producer Lisa Durden, recently featured interviewing author JL King and others on BET.

About the Documentary: A shocking documentary never-before witnessed, probing into the secret world of men having sex with men while masquerading as heterosexuals in a dangerous gamble with lifes of female partners. The spread of HIV/AIDS becomes the pawn in the battle stretching from prison to the pulpit. Website: www.LisaDurden.com

July 27 – Ways of Life ~ Two World Premieres
Steppin: A Way of Life

About the Documentary: As popularly recognized from R. Kelly's Step to the Name of Love, a Chicago ballroom dance that is more than a style, but a way of life for many.


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