People Places Events In History Terms Organizations
Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > News > Post Content

25 To Life has World Premiere at American Black Film Festival In NYC - June 22, 2014 (2830 hits)

25 to Life, a debut feature-length documentary by award-winning director and Spike Lee protégé Mike L. Brown, will have its world premiere as part of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in New York at SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd Street) on Sunday, June 22 at 11:30am. 25 to Life, the story of a man seeking redemption after keeping his HIV/AIDS status a secret for 25 years, is among some 20 films screening at the 18th annual ABFF, which is holding its 2014 Festival in New York City from June 19-22.

25 to Life is about one man’s coming-of-age with HIV, its ripple effect on his extended community, and his ongoing work to redeem himself by telling the truth. The film tackles the tough social issues of s*x, race, and manhood, providing unprecedented access into a life and a family living with the HIV virus.

The film follows William Brawner, a Philadelphia man who contracted the HIV/AIDS virus from a blood transfusion as a child. Will’s young mother, grandmother and aunt kept his HIV status a guarded secret, fearing its stigma, and provided him with a fun-loving childhood to distract him from his illness. As he approached adulthood, he suppressed the reality of his HIV status, stopped taking his medications, and turned to promiscuity and partying.

After a sobering talk with his doctor, Will surprised everyone when he disclosed his HIV-status in a very public way. Will’s revelations provoked an eruption of emotions from family, ex-girlfriends, friends, and strangers alike. In 25 to Life, he confronts these questions head-on.
Today, a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS is not necessarily a death sentence, but still relegates its carriers to lives shrouded in stigma and uncertainty as they battle to pursue normal lives. More than 35 million people are currently living with HIV worldwide, and 2.1 million of these are adolescents (10-19 years)

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, HIV incidence was highest in the 1980’s - reaching 130,000 - followed by declines, and has remained relatively stable since at about 50,000 new infections per year. Today, more people are living with HIV than ever before, as people are living longer with the disease and new infections remain relatively stable.

25 to Life is the first full-length film from New York-based filmmaker Mike L. Brown. Brown began his film training at Howard University where he worked closely with filmmakers Bill Duke (Sister Act 2, Rage In Harlem) and Haile Gerima (Sankofa). Michael holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he was mentored by Spike Lee and worked on When the Levees Broke. Mike received NYU's Carl Lerner Award for Best Film with Social Significance for his award winning short, A Riot in the Dark. He has directed and produced several short films including the recently filmed The Feeling You Get, starring Julito McCullum (The Wire). Mike has worked as the personal videographer to Sean "Diddy" Combs' where he contributed to Combs' fashion documentary, If I Were King.

25 to Life is produced by Leah Natasha Thomas (3.5 Minutes, Murder in Black and White) and Khaliah Neal (3.5 Minutes, An Illuminated Life). Its executive producer is Ron Simons, CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, whose previous credits include Blue Caprice, Mother of George, Gun Hill Road and Night Catches Us. Simons is also a Broadway producer whose credits include Tony-nominated hit “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and Tony-winning plays “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” and “Porgy and Bess.”

25 To Life has been fortunate to receive support from a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness space in addition to filmmaking and funding support. Housing Works has partnered for the premiere. Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, with a mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy. The Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, IFP, Firelight Media, GoodPitch, Active Voice, Jerome Foundation and Tribeca All Access are also amongst the films supporters.

25 To Life is Unrated with a running time of 81 minutes.

25 TO LIFE is a retrospective of a young man’s life with HIV/AIDS and a document of his struggle to carve out an open honest future after living a controversial past.

Film Trailer:
http://vimeo.com/33186133

For more information:
On the Web: 25toLifefilmsite.com
Instagram: 25tolifefilm
Twitter: 25tolifefilm
Facebook: facebook.com/25tolifefilm

Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Monday, June 16th 2014 at 7:23PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
How You Can Support First Generation College Students with Denny's and The Tom Joyner Foundation!
Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Hosts Preview of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Paid Marketing Fellowship Opportunity for HBCU Grads!
War Garden Dedication at Alabama State University: 100 Year Anniversary of World War I & Local Gardens
Microsoft Is Hiring!
Congresswoman Adams Statement Following President Trump’s HBCU Executive Order
HBCU Presidents Converge On The White House To Meet With President Trump And Leaders
Cheyney University, the Nation's 1st HBCU, to Celebrate 180th Anniversary March 1
Forward This Article Entry!
News Home
Employer Showcase
>> more | add
Latest Jobs
Microfilm Operator/Technician I (6270) with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.
SURG TECH (OR)-CERT with Premier Health in Dayton, OH.
Retail Supervisor for Textbook Services (6261) with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.
ITTA- Interactive Media Technology Programmer (6168) with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.
SURG TECH (OR)-CERT with Premier Health in Dayton, OH.
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
vanita daniels just joined a new club (i luv africa). 11:33AM
vanita daniels just became a new member. 11:23AM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ "when was the last time you were poisoned?" ~'. 01:46PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled 'redemption from the matrix, free from government imposed ignorance becoming & operating as a secured '. 04:33PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~ "the jihad vs. the crusade" ~'. 03:51PM
tanisha everage just became a new member. 10:31AM
tazadaq shaah just posted a blog entitled 'redemption from the matrix, free from government imposed ignorance becoming & operating as a secured '. 02:41PM
channin bassett just edited his profile. 08:47PM
channin bassett just became a new member. 08:45PM
tazadaq shaah just posted a blog entitled 'why you are a corporate slave, debtor, legal fiction iuic :for the israelites and true believer '. 02:46PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~ 'the proclamation' ~'. 01:37PM
tazadaq shaah just posted a blog entitled 'edification for iuic sovereignty misinformation stultifying creditors status correction '. 08:41AM
>> more | invite friends