Released: 4/13/2010

2010 BASUAH Film Festival


Contact:  Mark Hunter, Black Male Health & BASUAH Coordinator,
                 Winnebago County Health Department
Phone:    815-720-4268
Date:       Tuesday, April 13, 2010
For Immediate Release
The Rockford BASUAH Coalition Presents the Second Annual Film and Performing Arts Festival
to Promote HIV/AIDS Prevention in Winnebago County
The Rockford BASUAH Coalition is hosting a two-day Film and Performing Arts Festival to highlight the importance of HIV prevention. The festival will take place on Friday, April 23rd and the following Friday, April 30th.  Both events are free and open to the entire community.
Friday April 23, 2010 - “Sister’s Night Out
This ladies-only event will be held at the Riverfront Museum, 711 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL. The doors will open at 6:00 pm with short films beginning at 6:30 pm, and the feature film “Tangy’s Song” showing at 7:00 pm, with a special appearance by the star of the film, Tangy Major.  Attendees will be treated to free pampering services throughout the evening: chair massage, manicures, facials, and a chocolate fondue.  Door prizes will also be given. Hearty appetizers will be available (while supplies last) after a Q/A discussion after the movie.
Friday, April 30, 2010 - “Red Carpet Night
This night features local actors in mini-drams depicting real-life issues around HIV/AIDS and the barriers that prevent people from receiving HIV prevention education, testing and treatment. The performances are under the direction, of Barbara Welch in collaboration with Sonya Kirkpactrick. The event will be held at the Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. HIV testing will be available through the services of the Total Health Awareness Team. Door prizes and hearty appetizers will also be available.

The BASUAH project (Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS) is an HIV/AIDS education and testing campaign sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2005, to address the alarming trend of HIV infection among the State’s African-American community. 
The local BASUAH initiatives, which began in August of 2006, is a collaborative effort with many community organizations and partners. Our goal is to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in our community by supporting current HIV/AIDS education and screening programs, in addition to creating innovative outreach programming.
For more information contact the Winnebago County Health Department’s, Black Male Health and BASUAH Coordinator, Mark Hunter at (815) 720-4268.
The BASUAH HIV/AIDS Coalition Partners:  Winnebago County Health Department,  Crusader Community Health , Black Male Health Community Action Team, Black Healthcare Initiative Coalition, Rockford Health Council, City of Rockford, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Allen Chapel AME Church, Miles Memorial CME Church, Liberty Baptist Church, National Council of Negro Women, Diversity of Rockford, Total Health Awareness Team, Living Word Light of the World Ministries Int’l, Ellis Heights Weed and Seed, Rock River Training, Young Life, Rockford Public Library (Montague Branch) and Stand Against Cancer.