NGAF Announces Awards for 2006 Black Docs Film Series, Plus Call for 2007

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Inaugural Year an Overwhelming Success | Selects Landmark to Host Extended 2007 Series | Announces Call for 2007 Programs

Today, Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc. (501(c)(3)) (NGAF), producers of the Black History Month Film & Discussion Series and the Urban Film Series Tour, has announced the winning films for its inaugural Black Docs Film Series program which was hosted by Landmark's E Stret Cinema, and received unprecedented success.

The Pact was voted Best Documentary. Harlem Globetrotters: The Team that Changed the World has received two awards, Audience Choice and Best Production. Project W.O.W., a look into the lives of men on the down low, has received the Best Topic award. Most Urban goes to Hot Ghetto Mess. Finally, the Visionary Award goes to Steppin: A Way of Life.

NGAF has also announced its call for films, sponsors, and participants for its 2007 programs, and that it has selected Landmark Theatre as the host for many of its 2007 programs.

About Black Docs

"Black Docs" is the only program of its kind in that it focuses exclusively on documentaries related to urban lifestyles and issues. After receiving well over 150 submissions for its annual programs, NGAF designed Black Docs as an additional programmatic outlet for films and issues that deserve greater recognition and discussion. After just one month into the program, demand began multiplying, leading to sell-out screenings. Additionally, Black Docs received well over a dozen articles and requests for interviews from primary news sources. "We designed the 2006 program as a pilot to see how the public would respond," says Corey Jennings, founder and project director. "Never once did envision that word of mouth would lead to hundreds being turned away due to an overflow of demand. This shows that people want programming that means something to their lives and their communities," says Corey.

2007 Call for Films, Sponsors and Participants

NGAF will produce four programs in 2007. NGAF's flagship program, the Black History Month Film & Discussion Series, will continue in its fourth year as the Urban Film Series Tour. NGAF will expand Black Docs and visit other Landmark Theatres across the nation. NGAF will enter the pilot stage for its inaugural Urban Film & Discussion Series program, a monthly event focusing on fiction films related to urban life and issues. NGAF will commit more resources to filmmakers and motion picture companies by providing individual screenings and marketing assistance.

In 2006, NGAF gave its first Spiritual Legacy awards, which are provided to notable persons or associations that deserve recognition. U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne, received the Spiritual Legacy Award for his commitment to children and education, as well as his work with Africa. Gospel music historian, Dr. Joan R. Hillsman, also received the Spiritual Legacy Award. Deadlines for NGAF's 2007 programs are as follows:

  • Urban Film Series Tour, a/k/a, Black History Month Film & Discussion Series - Deadline: December 22, 2006
  • Black Docs Film Series - Deadline: February 10, 2007
  • Urban Film & Discussion Series - Deadline: March 10, 2007
  • Individual Screenings and Film Marketing Assistance - Deadline: Rolling
  • Spiritual Legacy Award Nominations - December 22, 2006

Sponsors, press, artists, directors, filmmakers, speakers, authors and vendors are sought for NGAF's 2007 programs. Instructions and details are all provided at Additionally, cities and states are advised to contact NGAF as soon as possible to schedule the Urban Film Series tour, rather than waiting till NGAF announces its selected locations.

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