Casting and cinema locations are subject to change.
Reelblack is giving five (5) lucky readers passes for two to see OLD STONE, the acclaimed Chinese psychological thriller, which opens this Friday (12/9) at the Ritz at The Bourse (4th and Ranstead) in Philadelphia. Pass is good for any screening next week Monday-Thursday.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRERSS in the body of the message and THE PHRASE “OLD STONE PASSES” in the Subject line to Reelblackinc@live.com Winner will be announced Thursday night.
In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.
When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.
Join us in support of 25th Anniversary restoration of Daughters of the Dust the afternoon of Saturday December 10 at the Ritz at the Bourse, 4th Street between Market and Chestnut at 1:10pm.
Afterward, we will walk down the street to Cosi Coffee Shop for discussion and giveaways (including a few Daughters of the Dust posters kindly provided by Cohen Media Group).
25 years after its world theatrical premiere at Film Forum, Julie Dash’s groundbreaking DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST returns in a stunning new restoration. Set in the legendary Sea Islands off the South Carolina/Georgia coast in 1902, the film follows a Gullah family (descendants of West African slaves) on the eve of its migration to the North. Led by a group of women who carry with them ancient African traditions, the extended family readies itself to leave behind friends, loved ones and their insulated way of life. Can these women hold fast to their sacred religious beliefs and customs, or will they be swept into the race toward an era of science and industry? This richly costumed drama, structured in tableaux to reflect the art and icons of African tradition, testifies movingly to the secret celebrations and packed-away sorrows of African-American women.
The feature will be preceded by the short film SPACE TRADERS (1994/ dir. Reginald Hudlin), from the seldom-seen sci-fi anthology, COSMIC SLOP.
EMERGENCY CONTACT: Can 30-something Roxanna Biltmore handle the matters of her heart concerning her high school crush or will she try something new with Vince Cotton? Watch this woman go from NO emergency contacts to two.
SPACE TRADERS: A conservative African American politician (Robert Guillame) must choose between his people’s survival and appeasing his white colleagues when space aliens propose to share their profound knowledge in exchange for all black people on earth.
Everyone is always asking me how do I break into movies? How do I get quality actors attached to my projects? How do I get people to read my material? Tri-state area here’s your chance to learn firsthand from one of the hottest young directors in the business. Filmmaker @jamalhill is conducting a one day seminar around @brotherlylovethemovie this Saturday. This is something you don’t want to miss! Space is limited make sure you cop your tickets today.
What: Reelblack and PEC Present JAY-Z: UNPLUGGED (10th Anniversary)
When: Friday November 11, 2016 at 7:15pm
Where: United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in W. Philly
Cost: $5.00 (includes refreshments)
On Friday, November 11 real black and PEC host a special 10th anniversary screening of Jay-Z Unplugged. Not on DVD or Youtube, this is Hov at his best. Admission is $5.00 (refreshments included) show starts at 7:15.
As an added bonus, we will be joined by a surprise guest who perform that night on the show via Skype!
Following the success of Blueprint, Jay-Ztook a break from the studio productions of Timbalandand Just Blazeand stepped into acoustic surroundings for a taped edition of MTV’s long-running Unplugged series. With the talents of the Roots as his backing band, Jay-Z fails to miss a step and feels just as comfortable in the unplugged arena as he does with drum machines and a mixing desk in front of him. The skills of Rootsdrummer Ahmir Thompson emulate even the slightest nuance from the originally programmed electronic beats, and Jay-Z fails to take this for granted, gently shifting from one song to the next in medley form with ease. –Allmusicguide
Winners will be announced next week. Good luck!
Lets support the opening weekend of LOVING, Sunday November 13th at 4:15pm at the Ritz Five 214 Walnut Street. Event is Dutch Treat. Tix are $10.00 and may be purchased at the box office or in advance at www.landmarktheaters.com/philadelphia
Time is subject to change but we are aiming for the showing closest to 4pm.
As a special treat, actor Christopher Mann will be joining us for the meetup. He’ll share his experience portraying Theoliver Jeter (Mildred Loving’s father) in the film and take pictures with us!
JEFF NICHOLS | USA | 2016 | 123 MIN | PG-13
In Loving, acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter) celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry—and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter)
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, Martin Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon
THREE STORIES by Eiko Fan
1700 Spring Garden Street
Monday November 14 4:30pm at Community College of Philadelphia
10 years after immigrating from Japan where traditionally, carvings of Buddha were made from a single piece of wood, Eiko Fan’s wood sculpture reached a turning point. Eiko”s style evolved from this tradition to include flexible, inventive use of wood and body movements of mime and dance, encased in wooden costumes. Eiko then created a movie set in which her sculptural creatures could interact. Produced on 16mm film in 1981-1982 in collaboration with Rudy Burckhardt, a very well known photographer/filmmaker from New York, this film is a time capsule of Eiko”s life 35 years ago. Eiko later went on to perform “Live Wood Sculpture” performances internationally and even included her children in this production.
Artist Eiko Fan will be present for a post-screening Q&A and a presentation on her work.