National Black History Month Film & Discussion Series in DC
2008 Theme – “The Black Hand Side”
History and Spirituality of African-Americans Reflected Upon
Slavery, 60’s Riots, Racial Preferences, Legendary Accomplishments, and
Challenges of New Times Examined
Local Films, Local Heroes and Local Filmmakers Highlighted
Program Moves to Original Weekly Format for 5th Anniversary
Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2007 — Today, Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc. (501(c)(3)) (NGAF) announced that Landmark’s E Street Cinema (11th and E Streets, NW) has been selected to host its highly-anticipated 5th Annual National Black History Month Film & Discussion Series. The series will take place each Thursday throughout February from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The selection of films and the 2008 title theme of “The Black Hand Side” were also announced. Tickets will be available at Landmark Theatre, or online at UrbanFilmSeries.com beginning February 2nd.
In recent years, the February program has gone on tour and kicked-off NGAF’s Urban Film Series Tour as a major festival affair. The expansion of NGAF’s Urban Film Series programs allows the February program to return to its original weekly format which allows for greater concentration of issues and films that may often get overlooked at other times of the year.
Who: Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc.
What: 5th Annual National Black History Month Film & Discussion Series ��� “The Black Hand Side” Series
Where: Landmark E Street Cinema, 11th & E Streets, NW, Washington, District of Columbia (Metro Center Metro, Across from ESPNZone)
When/Details: 7:00 p.m. Sharp – Each Thursday, February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2008
- Thursday, February 7th – Two-Fistedness
Brush Strokes (6:30 min), Willie Lynch Letter & the Making of A Slave (15 min), and Revolution ’67 (83 min)
- Thursday, February 14th – The Strong Black Hand
Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capital Hill (57 min) and Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey (56 min)
- Thursday, February 21st – Palms of Blackness
Drawing Angel (19 min) and Too Saved (78 min)
- Thursday, February 28th – The Back Hand
68o and Clear (12 min), A Loud Color (7 min), Back To You (36 min), and Chocolate City (45 min)
Ticketing: Tickets will be available beginning February 2nd at Landmark Theatre or online at http://www.UrbanFilmSeries.com and range from 10-15 dollars each day, or 25-40 dollars for the entire series.
Press/Media Requests: Members of the press should contact us at press (at) urbanfilmseries.com or (202) 409-7240. Please state your request(s) as exact as possible (interview, article, pictures, attendance) and provide your media credentials (me
dia source, circulation or viewership, affiliation, and contact information).
About “The Black Hand Side” Series
“The Black Hand Side” series is comprised of four distinct programs:
- The Strong Black Hand
- Palms of Blackness
- The Back Hand
Each are a reflection of different shades of the history of the Black Experience in America. The programs will examine slavery, the 60’s riots, racial preferences, family love, spirituality, legendary accomplishments, and the challenges of new times in Urban America. Local filmmakers, local heroes and locally produced films will be highlighted throughout the series.
Two-Fistedness takes a look at the war of racial preferences that has dominated American history. The Strong Black Hand picks-up where Two-Fistedness leaves off, by delving into the accomplishments of Judge Thelton Henderson, an American hero. Palms of Blackness examines the spiritual independence and family bonds that connect urban America. The Back Hand focuses on today’s challenges and issues in urban America, including guns, crime, family obligations, gentrification, urban revitalization, and Hurricane Katrina’s devastating effects.
February 7th: Two-Fistedness
Brush Strokes (1990), produced by Emmy Award winner Ken Kimmelman, is an award-winning animated film originally produced for the United Nations, showing, through humor, the rediculousness of prejudice.
Willie Lynch Letter & the Making of A Slave (2002), produced by Lavinnia Bright Collins is a pictorial look at the history of Black America, from slavery to emancipation, challenging Black America to overcome modern-day community challenges.
Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno’s critically-acclaimed Revolution ’67 (2007), is an illuminating account of urban rebellions of the 1960s, focusing on the six-day Newark, New Jersey, outbreak in mid-July 1967, that began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America’s struggles over race and economic justice. Visit for more.
February 14th: The Strong Black Hand
Abby Ginzberg’s critically acclaimed Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey (2005), is a timely and unforgettable story about Judge Henderson, the first black attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Kennedy Justice Department in the 1960’s, his commitment to integrity and human rights, and his profound influence on the American judicial system.
February 21st: Palms of Blackness
Drawing Angel (2007), directed by Howard University alumna, Rosalyn Coleman Williams, and produced by Craig T. Williams, is an award winning short film featuring Michelle Graci (Miss USA contestant, Miss New Jersey Miss Congeniality, The Devil Wears Prada, Law and Order, All My Children, and Guiding Light), Vanessa Williams (Soul Food, Murder One, Melrose Place, New Jack City, Law & Order, and The Cosby Show), and Williams’ son, Omar Wiseman. Lonely and new to New York City, Samantha (Graci) meets Levi (Wiseman), a 9-year old boy displaced by Hurricane Katrina who takes risks for their friendship.
Too Saved (2007) produced entirely in the District of Columbia metropolitan area by native Washingtonian, Shuaib Mitchell, is an inspirational and spiritually enlightening love story that asks whether we are really prepared for what we ask of God. Lisa, (Lolita Clayton) is determined to marry a man who “knows the Lord”, but when her boyfriend Bobby (James “J.J” Johnson) becomes a Christian and gets with the “church program,” all hell breaks loose.
February 28th: The Back Hand
68o and Clear (2007), produced by award-winning director, Dawn Westlake, is a breath-taking story of an 11-year old mugger who saves the life of a suicidal widow. The film makes its United States Premiere after screenings in China, Rwanda, United Kingdom, and Swaziland.
A Loud Color (2006) is an award-winning film produced by Brent Joseph, who spent years trying to open an African-American community center, only to have Hurricane Katrina stike during the first summer in which he was finally able to open. Joseph sorts through the debris of his life and discusses the importance of history, heroes, and self-esteem in the black community, and shows why making his dream a reality is more important now than ever before.
Back To You, produced entirely in the District of Columbia (2008) by native Washingtonians Lionel and Leslie Green, with strictly local cast, makes its festival World Premiere. Back To You tells the story of a husband and wife that aspire to make it in the music industry but find themselves unable to cope with personal ambitions and everyday marital life. Their children are stuck in the middle and their son, Chris (Lionel Green, Jr.) steps in to save the family.
Chocolate City (2007), produced entirely in the District of Columbia (2008) by Sam Wild and native Washingtonian, Ellie Walton, explores the rapid gentrification of the U.S. capital through the eyes of a group of black women forced from their city centre homes to make way for massive reconstruction.
About NGAF’s Urban Film Series Programs
The Urban Film Series is a fund-raising and programmatic arm of NGAF. Its mission is to connect communities with history and progressive cinema, and provide exposure of the arts and the motion picture industry to many communities across the United States. The Urban Film Series also produces the annual Black Docs Film Series, Urban Film Series Tour, and The Urban Film & Discussion Series. To date, well over 600 films from across the world have been received for NGAF’s film-related programs.
The Annual Black History Month Film & Discussion Series is a month-long program designed to bring needed programs and discussions to communities and families.
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