Landmark Theatre Hosts Mid-Atlantic Premiere of The Pact to Conclude NGAF's 2006 Black Docs Film Series

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Bill Duke and Spark Media turns New York Times Bestseller into documentary masterpiece. Bill Duke and Spark Media team on hand for Q&A. Film to inspire children in urban areas. Completes inaugural year of Black Docs Film Series.

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 on August 24th, Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema will host the conclusion of the First Annual Black Docs Film Series with the mid-Atlantic premiere of "The Pact," a New York Times best seller turned documentary, produced by Bill Duke and DC's own Spark Media. The Bill Duke and Spark Media team will be on hand for a Q&A and the program will include a specially-taped welcome and introduction from Bill Duke. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $9.75; $8 for students and seniors. Discounted tickets are available ($9 and $7) in advance at http://www.UrbanFilmSeries.com.

Who: Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc.

What: Mid-Atlantic Premiere of The Pact

Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema (555 11th Street NW, WDC)

When: August 24th, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $9.75; $8 students and seniors.

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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. 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.

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.

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.

Official Black Docs Schedule

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

June 29 – Mid-Atlantic Premiere: "Project W.O.W.: A Look Into the Lives of Men on The DL" (2005)

July 27 – Two World Premieres - "Steppin: A Way of Life" (2004) and "Hot Ghetto Mess" (2005)

August 24 – Mid-Atlantic Premiere: "The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise And Fulfill A Dream" (2006)

Website: http://www.thepactthemovie.com

Visit UrbanFilmSeries.com for more and to learn about the cities, films, themes and participants selected for this year's series.

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