, in collaboration with The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement
(AFFRM), International House
and Haven Youth Center
, is proud to host the Philadelphia Premiere of the acclaimed documentary 25 TO LIFE
. Mike L. Brown’s directorial debut, about a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years, will screen on Monday December 1, 2014 7pm
at International House
, 3701 Chestnut Street in University City.
Admission is $10 adults | $8 students and Seniors | $5 Reelblack and IHouse members. The film’s subject, William Brawner, will be on hand for a post-film Q&A. Tickets may be purchased in advance here!
The Philadelphia premiere is one of over a dozen screenings of the film that will all take place on December 1st
in honor of World AIDS DAY. To raise awareness, Reelblack has enlisted the help of several promotional partners, including 900 AM WURD, Bebashi, BlackStar Film Festival, The Center For AIDS Research at Penn, GALAEI, The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, GriotWorks, On Point Communications, The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia FIGHT, Sincerely Syreeta, The Philadelphia Film Society, The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, The Philadelphia Sunday
Sun, Queer Times, Q Flix Philadelphia, Scribe Video Center.
“I am overwhelmed at the support of our promotional partners,” said Reelblack founder Michael Dennis. “Because it is set in Philly, I have been tracking this film for a while and am very excited that it was selected as AFFRM’s eighth release. It is an important film that has the power to save lives.”
“I hope that everyone who watches this film can take an honest look into their lives to see how to overcome the various obstacles that are presented to us on a daily basis,” said Brawner.
25 TO LIFE | Official Synopsis
25 TO LIFE chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man (and Philly native) who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. An official selection of The American Black Film Festival, 25 TO LIFE is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The GoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access and is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner.
Follow the film journey on Twitter: @25TOLIFEFilm | @AFFRM | @Reelblack