"Even Me" Nominated For Best Short Documentary at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival
-- The film addresses the rise in HIV/AIDS among senior citizens of color - a subject matter not addressed in any other documentary. --
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Los Angeles, CA (January 25, 2013) -- Coined "The Little Film That Could," Megan Ebor's short documentary film, Even Me, has continued to thrive reaching audiences all around the country. The filmmaker made an unlikely debut at the 12th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival as her background is not in filmmaking but in Social Work. In fact, this documentary film started as a school research project completed while a graduate student in Social Welfare at UCLA, June of 2012, and has catapulted into a full-blown social movement. As an official selection of the 21st Pan African Film & Arts Festival and nominated for Best Short Documentary the momentum continues in 2013.
Even Me addresses the rise in HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minority older adults 50+ a subject matter that you will not see addressed in any other documentary. It features direct and brutally honest stories from HIV positive women and men of color residing through out various communities in Los Angeles, CA. The faces of HIV/AIDS captured in this film, are surprisingly different from what one would expect - driving home the point that age is not a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.
"The month of February holds great significance for Even Me as both Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) are observed during this month. Our people are being decimated by this disease, and older adults of color are often left out of this discussion," says Megan.
Since completion of the film, it has been invited to screen at The National Medical Association Convention in New Orleans (NMA), which is the largest, and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. Even Me was awarded an honorable mention in the best documentary category at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 2012 and was an official selection at the United Nations Global Wake-Up Festival, African American Women in Cinema Film Festival and The Florence Short Films Showcase. The Even Me Outreach Campaign (EMOC) has also hosted several free screenings at a number of universities, organizations, and health centers. Megan Ebor was awarded a Commendation from the Mayor of Camden New Jersey, her hometown, to recognize the impact of the Even Me Outreach Campaign.
"I am most grateful to be a part of such an effort to serve my community. I am forever changed by the subjects in this film, their stories are impacting lives all over the country and I am thankful for their courage," says Megan. This film will make you laugh, cry and reflect. The approach taken to address such a historically stigmatized topic is strategic and beautifully executed making it easier to absorb.
The screening schedule for February begins in Atlanta, GA at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, continuing with a screening at Clark Atlanta University. The tour travels to South Carolina to the Florence Short Film Showcase, and ends in Los Angeles.
Even Me will screen twice at the 21st Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival held on February 7-18, 2013. Show times for Even Me begin on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm and on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm at the Rave Cinemas in Baldwin Hills. For more information please visit www.paff.org.
For a complete listing of screenings for Even Me please visit www.evenmefilm.com or send an email to email@example.com.
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