Seattle Premiere of award winning documentary “25 To Life”
December 1, 6 p.m., Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
SEATTLE (November 19, 2014) — In honor of World AIDS Day, a special film screening of the documentary 25 to Life will be presented by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and the Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU) a program of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner is the latest release from AFFRM, which the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a proud founding collaborator. 25 to Life chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV-positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption as he embarks on a new phase of life with his HIV-negative wife. The film journeys with Brawner and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. The Seattle presentation is one of 25 cities to present the film on World AIDS Day.
Monday, December 1
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave South, Seattle, 98144
6 p.m. Doors open
6-7 p.m. Informational tables, HIV & Hepatitis testing
7-8:30 p.m. 25 to Life Seattle Premiere
8:30-9 p.m. Panel discussion
This contribute-what-you-can film screening event is made possible by the Seattle Pride Foundation and individual donations.
To contribute to the Rev Gwen Hall & Lois Peterson Scholarship Fund at The Pride Foundation, use this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/959195
This special screening event will include a panel discussion with HIV stakeholders and community members affected by the disease. Additionally, many local community groups are coming together to share information about their organizations, including African American Reach and Teach Ministries, Center for AIDS Research, Center for Multicultural Health, Gay City, Gilead Sciences, and Hepatitis Education Project. Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Multicultural HIV/Hepatitis Action Network, Project Handle, People of Color Against AIDS Network and the Seattle Pride Foundation. HIV testing will be provided by Center for Multicultural Health and Hepatitis C testing will be conducted by the Hepatitis Education Project throughout the evening.
25 to Life is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, TheGoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access.
LHPAI is partnering with Sojourner Truth Ministries and the Rev Gwen Hall & Lois Peterson Scholarship Fund at The Pride Foundation; funds raised will go towards scholarships that support students who identify as LGBTQ or straight-ally, with emphasis given to students of color who are studying religious/spiritual studies or social work, and especially students whose area of focus is HIV/AIDS.
AFFRM, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (www.affrm.com), is a grass roots network of Black Film Festivals that empower Black independent filmmakers through simultaneous theatrical distribution in their respective markets.
Seattle HIV Vaccine Trial Unit (HVTU) is a program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in collaboration with the University of Washington. The Seattle HVTU is a local site for the HIV Vaccine Network (HVTN), an international effort to test and find an HIV vaccine that will work safely in diverse populations worldwide.
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