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Up Next for AFFRM’s Multi-Platform Distribution Label – Mike L. Brown’s Documentary ’25 to Life’

Up Next for AFFRM's Multi-Platform Distribution Label - Mike L. Brown's Documentary '25 to Life'

In the feature documentary “25 to Life,” William Brawner, a young African American man who contracted HIV at just 18 months old – something he and his immediate family kept a secret for 25 Years, from his friends, extended family, and lovers, many who Brawner had unprotected sex with – finally, at 27 years old, decides to publicly disclose his secret, to the shock and anger of many friends, family, and past girlfriends, as you’d imagine. The film follows Brawner as he confronts his promiscuous past, and tries to forge a new open honest life with his HIV negative wife.

The film, a Ford Foundation grant winner, which we first got our attention on this blog 3 years ago, has now been picked up by ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), the announced was made today. 

The feature directorial debut of Mike L. Brown, which also received support from the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, Good Pitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab and Tribeca All Access, Array will release “25 to Life” for a one-week engagement in Los Angeles on November 28, 2014, followed by one-night engagements worldwide, beginning on World Aids Day on December 1, 2014.

“Director Mike Brown’s focused exploration of manhood as witnessed through William provides an important entry into a rarely seen aspect of the Black family dynamic. Peeling back the stigmatic layers of HIV and AIDS allows for a vital and open dialogue. We’re pleased to work with this new documentarian in connecting ’25 to Life’ with its audience,” said ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of AFFRM, with producers Leah Thomas and Khaliah Neal.

More on the film via its website: www.25tolifefilmsite.com.

Screening dates and locations follow below:

NOVEMBER 28

LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

DECEMBER 1

NEW YORK IMAGENATION RAW SPACE

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL HOUSE

WASHINGTON, DC ANACOSTIA ARTS CENTER

CHICAGO DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

SEATTLE LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

HOUSTON HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

DETROIT CINEMA DETROIT

MONTGOMERY, AL PURE ARTISTRY LITERARY CAFE

TACOMA, WA GRAND CINEMA

GREENSBORO, NC THE ARTIST BLOC

OAKLAND MINDSEED SOUND STAGES

DENVER SIE FILM CENTER

HONOLULU HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART

CHARLOTTE, NC THE LITTLE ROCK CULTURAL CENTER

LONDON BRIXTON RITZY

MIAMI AMERICAN ART INITIATIVE

DECEMBER 8

BOSTON ARTSEMERSON

APRIL 9

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

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