Down Low Takes Center Stage in Nation's Capital at NGAF's Black Docs Film Series Hosted by Landmark Theatre

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Producer and TV Host Lisa Durden follows her work with B.E.T.'s The Down Low Exposed | Event to Coincide with National HIV Testing Festivities | 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 its First Annual National HIV / AIDS Awareness Film & Discussion as a part of NGAF's First Annual Black Docs Film Series on June 29th. TV host Lisa Durden, fresh off her reknown interviews on BET's The Down Low Exposed and Michael Baisden's top-rated nationally syndicated afternoon talk show, will be on hand for a lengthy discussion after a premiere presentation of her groundbreaking documentary, Project W.O.W., which takes a deep and never before seen look into the lives of men on the down-low. Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema, located at 555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Ticket prices are $7 in advance at or at E Street Cinema. All members of the public are invited to come and support this groundbreaking documentary, present questions and share their experiences on the various issues surrounding the down low and HIV/AIDS Awareness.

Community leaders and health organizations are invited to participate. NGAF also invites members of the public to submit questions beforehand. Please send all appropriate inquiries to NGAF at Info at

About Black Docs: 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.

Press/Media: Members of the press should contact us at or (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).


Who: Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc.

What: 1st Annual NGAF National HIV Testing Day Film & Discussion: The Down Low

Where: Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema

When: June 29th, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: $7.00.


Official Black Docs Schedule

May 25 – Basketball ~ The Official Public Premiere

Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed The World (2005)


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:

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:

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:

Visit, NGAF's official marketing resource, or, for more and to learn about the cities, films, themes and participants selected for this year's series.

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