Does artistic expression trump offensive content? How does censorship impact our understanding of history?
In 1968, United Artists chose to withhold the distribution rights for 11 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons due to the offensiveness of racial stereotypes presented in them. Since that time, successive rights holders have upheld this ban on broadcast and theatrical screenings, and the short cartoons have only been shown once, in 2010, in a screening held by Warner Bros. However, copies do exist on VHS and DVD and we invite you to a special screening of all 11 of these controversial works!
Join Michael Dennis and Dr. Beverly Richards for this viewing, followed by a lively conversation on art, culture, race and history! Michael Dennis is a filmmaker and the founder of Reelblack, a full-service film and video production company dedicated to creating and promoting “good movies ’bout Black Folks.” Dr. Beverly Richards is the owner and curator of the A Cinema Apart Collection which includes African American Film memorabilia from the 1920s through 1950s. A Cinema Apart provides Vintage and hard-to-find African American films and products to enthusiasts across the globe. All Censored 11 shorts are presented courtesy of the A Cinema Apart Collection.
This program is presented in conjunction with Plan-Ta-Shun: Works by Colin Quashie.
$10 Adults, $8 Students with ID and Seniors, $5 AAMP, Reelblack Members and Children.
AAMP members must register and/or sign-in first to access online discounts. FREE On-Street parking after 6:30pm.
*Reelblack Members please contact Reelblack_presents@yahoo.com to obtain your ticket discount code.
Get Tix at http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html
Reelblack and PEC present the Philadelphia Premiere of LAST NIGHT (2015) on Friday July 10 at 7pm. At The United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132. Admission is $5 (includes refreshments). Writer/Director HAROLD JACKSON III will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.
Part Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset series, part Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and part jazzy love letter to DC. A serendipitous, down to earth, gritty slice of four people’s lives. LAST NIGHT is a romance drama starring Judi Blair, Danny Gavigan, Benton Greene and Nedra McClyde. Sky’s (Judi Blair) last night in Washington DC before moving to North Carolina with her boyfriend (Benton Greene) becomes a whirlwind of emotions when a chance meeting with an attractive stranger (Danny Gavigan) tests her will.
WINNER: Best Screenplay and Audience Award at the 2015 American Black Film Festival.
View the trailer at http://www.lastnightthefilm.com
Reelblack Presents, in collaborration with The Painted Bride Art Center host the Philadelphia premiere of the acclaimed documentary, THAT DAUGHTER’S CRAZY. The film’s subject RAIN PRYOR, and the film’s producer, DARYL SLEDGE and SAM ADELMAN will be on hand for a DVD signing post film Q&A.
Screening will take place Friday July 24, 2015 7pm at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tickets are $10/ adults, $8/ Students and Seniors and $5/ Reelblack and Painted Bride members. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite at thatdaughterscrazyphilly.eventbrite.com .
That Daughter’s Crazy, directed by Elzbieta Szoka and produced by Paradox Smoke Productions, is a portrait of Rain Pryor, daughter to legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Rain grew up during an era when race, ethnicity and religion caused her constant internal and external conflict. The award-winning film unveils her vibrant and complicated life as a black Jewish girl, looking for self- identity and recognition in Hollywood, and as a woman coming to terms with the loss of her father, while learning to be a mother. That Daughter’s Crazy takes scenes from Rain’s one-woman stage show and intertwines them with personal interviews and anecdotes from Rain, her grandmother Bunny, and her mother Shelley for an intimate depiction of life as one of Richard Pryor’s progenies.
Wanting to find a way to share her artistic talents despite the barriers in Hollywood, Rain says “I wasn’t black enough to be black, I’m not white enough to be white…unique wasn’t in yet.”
Ahead of her time in many ways, Rain knew she was different from an early age, and that fact only became more apparent as she grew older. In That Daughter’s Crazy, viewers learn that Richard Pryor leaves the family home before Rain is a year old, while her mother struggles to make ends meet in the ‘middle class’ section of Beverly Hills. While growing up, Rain spends time at her father’s mansion and eventually moves in with him as a teenager. She shares his affections with an entourage of hookers and partygoers, but despite all this, she describes Richard as an involved and loving father. So, not only does the girl in the mirror with cocoa-colored skin and wild hair look different, she has a famous father with an extremely public lifestyle. Long before the age of social media in the 1980’s, Beverly Hills High is the gossip capital of the world. The school is crawling with the children of celebrities, so “inside” news travels fast and Rain is bullied and mocked relentlessly and regularly. She learns to adapt to the environment, capturing her father’s attention when she’s able, while navigating her mother’s growing hostility towards his indulgent way of life. http://www.thatdaughterscrazy.com/
Tune in today to The Mojo on 900AMWURD. At 10:30AM, THE NO-MAADZ will be Steph’s in studio guests. Led by actor/musician SHELDON SHEPHERD (Better Mus COme), The No-Maadz have a new CD produced by Sly and Robbie out now and they will be performing at REEF tonight 6/26.
At 11:00AM, filmmaker and journalist SACHA JENKINS will be calling in with Mike and Steph to talk about his new film FRESH DRESSED, which opens today at The Roxy and On Demand.
At 11:30, Comedian GODFREY (Fox TV’s Bullseye) will check in to talk Black Movies and his current projects, including his recent WTF podcast and appearance at Helium Comedy Club this weekend.
Listen live at http://900amwurd.com
Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065
What: Luther’s Favorite Soul Food Celebration
Where: The POD Café, Greene and Upsal Streets Philadelphia, PA 19119
When: Friday June 26, 2015 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $23.00 (includes dessert, beverage and gratuity)
To celebrate Black Music Month and the tenth anniversary of the passing of Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005), Reelblack and The POD Café have teamed to bring you a night of great food and video highlights from Vandross’ career.
Enjoy a chicken or fish meal prepared by The POD Café’s new chef, Dianne Tillman while watching a special 1 hour video tribute to Luther compiled by Reelblack featuring rare footage and interviews that trace his entire career.
Seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the door but we encourage tickets be purchased in advance so we can anticipate crowd size.
Get your tickets now at LutherCelebration.eventbrite.com
Thanks to all the Filmmakers and cast members who were a part of last nights Philly Shorts. Congrats to Rhassan Nichols whose How To Win was voted favorite film and Brittany Rafalak (Consumption) and Devin Hampton (Silky Smooth Individual) who tied for second. Thank you @davidohphilly and @pifva for sponsoring the prizes.
RBTV’s MIKE D. was so impressed by STEPHEN “tWitch” BOSS’ (Ellen, So You Think You Can Dance) appearance in MAGIC MIKE XXL (in theaters July 1) that he decided to give up filmmaking and become an exotic dancer, In this exclusive interview, tWitch mentors the young hopeful.
I just finished listening to Dan Buskirk podcast where I was his guest. You’ll have to pack a lunch if you plan to get through it all. Luckily, Dan breaks it up into chunks at natural breaks. My personal review–for those that know me, or want to know why I do the things that I do, this is by far the most talking about myself that I’ve ever done. I tried to shout out as many people who have helped me along the way. Doing the podcast was very cathartic, and a little depressing. It made me think, “I’ve been doing this a long time.” And at the same time realize, “I’ve been doing this a long time!” I feel blessed. That being said, If you want to know more about me, this is the place to start. Feedback appreciated.
Reelblack closes Season 12 by shining the spotlight on some of Philadelphia’s brightest talent with a special night of short films. New work from a eight directors will be showcased, followed by a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers. Presented in Collaboration with PIFVA, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and the Black Film Advisory Committee. Filmmakers in attendance.
Tuesday June 23, 2015 7pm at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street. Admission $10 adults/ $8 students and seniors / $5 Reelblack and IHouse members.
This year’s films are:
Consumption by Brittany Rafalak
The Devil and Red Wine By Maurice Paramore
How Tow Win by Rhassan Nichols
Mama Jo by Jos Duncan
Momma Said Clean Up by Kindred The Family Soul and Konee Rok
Odyssey To Save Ulysses by Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter
Silky Smooth Individual by Devin Hampton
Skyler by Eiko Fan
Cash prize awarded to the favorite film of the night.
Get tix in advance at http://ihousephilly.org/calendar/philly-shorts0