HVTU, SCCA partner for Langston Hughes film festival April 16

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s HIV Vaccine Trials Unit and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will present an evening of three short films and discussion on the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Black community

The Hutchinson Center's HIV Vaccine Trials Unit and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will present three short films during the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Tuesday, April 16, 7-9 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle.

Langston Hughes Film Festival poster

The evening will feature three short films and discussion with the filmmakers.

"Even Me" offers an intimate portrait of ethnic minority older adults living with HIV/AIDS in an effort to dispel myths that depict older adults as asexual and therefore not at risk. Film director Megan Ebon will be present for the post-screening discussion.

"Ending Silence, Shame and Stigma; HIV/AIDS in the African American Family" Shot over a period of five years, this 28-minute documentary explores the affects of HIV/AIDS on the African American community. The interview subjects give voice to the range of individuals, both affected and infected with HIV, as well as the complex social issues factoring into the high rate of infection among African Americans. Director Kat Cheairs will take part in a panel discussion following the film.

"Bumming Cigarettes" A 22-minute film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young African American lesbian woman, who is in the process of taking an HIV test, and a middle-aged gay African American HIV-positive man. Tiona McClodden is the film's director.

The price is $10 for an adult ticket. Purchase tickets at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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