Landmark Theatre Hosts Launch of NGAF's Annual Black Docs Film Series

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Harlem Globetrotters, Bill Duke, BET Program, and Celebrity Doctors to Contribute | Down Low, Steppin, Hood and Ghetto Lifestyles, and Sports Legacies Included | Exclusive focus on Documentaries Related to Urban Lifestyles and Issues.

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: http://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 lives of female partners. The spread of HIV/AIDS becomes the pawn in the battle stretching from prison to the pulpit. Website: http://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.

Hot Ghetto Mess

About the Documentary: A documentary narrated by DC’s own Lazy Lamont, former co-host of the Russ Parr Morning Show. Featuring the work of one of America’s most popular websites which challenges the African American community with how it is looking and acting, including some of the most hilarious and suddenly shameful presentations. You have seen America’s Funniest Home Videos, now see Hot Ghetto Mess and you will never, ever forget this program. Website: http://www.HotGhettoMess.com

Featuring a Brief Q&A with filmmakers Mel Devonne (Steppin: A Way of Life) and Jam Donaldson (Hot Ghetto Mess).

August 24 – Perseverance ~ Mid-Atlantic Premiere

The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise And Fulfill A Dream (2006)

Featuring a Q&A with The Doctors and The Spark Media and Duke Media (Bill Duke) Team, including filmmaker Andrea Kalin.

About the Documentary: From the NY Times Bestseller, comes a gritty, provocative true-life story of three friends from the 'hood, Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis, and George Jenkins, who made a pact in high school to find a way to go to college and then medical school. They not only accomplished this, but they're now spreading the word to inspire other inner-city kids to stay off of drugs, out of gangs and to take the educational route to a better life. THE PACT captures the pathos of the men's individual journeys, the integrity of their voices and the power of their rare friendship. Their stories affirm the values that ultimately sustained and drove them: courage, tenacity, and faith. And they give tribute to the life of the mind and its power to turn dreams into reality. Website: http://www.thepactthemovie.com

From the Filmmakers: "The impact of this documentary goes far beyond its feel-good message: this is a film that presents positive images of Black men who have achieved success not because of their ability to rap or play ball, but because of hard work and their pursuit of education. The Pact is not another 'ghetto success story'. What's different is that unlike most people who escaped the 'hood', the three doctors came back by choice," says Bill Duke.

"In our celebrity-obsessed world, George, Sam and Rameck are real life heroes whom kids can look up to as role models. Real-life stories don't get much more inspiring. By telling it like it is, by talking about their many mistakes along the way, the three doctors empower youth to believe in themselves, to believe that they can dream big too, no matter what the obstacles," says Andrea Kalin.

Visit http://www.InsiderEntertainment.com, NGAF's official marketing resource, or UrbanFilmSeries.com, for more and to learn about the cities, films, themes and participants selected for this year's series.

Press/Media: Members of the press should contact us at (202) 409-7240. Please forward us your media credentials (media source, circulation/viewership, affiliation, title, and complete contact information) and state your request(s) as exact as possible (interview, article, pictures, attendance).

Sponsors: Sponsorship, signage and other marketing opportunities are available. Name sponsor opportunities are still available. Contact us at (202) 409-7240.

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