ANNA ROSE HOLDER AND MICHAEL ANGELO WALLACE TODAY ON REELBLACK RADIO

Tune in to 900amwurd Friday at 11:00am for Reelblack Radio. Stephanie Renée and I will talk with artist MICHAEL ANGELO WALLACE and actor NAKIA DILLARD about their new film, SLEEP STUDY, which screens Saturday at the Clef Club. We will also speak with THE FITS filmmaker, ANNA ROSE HOLDER about her new film, which opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse. Listen live at  www.900amwurd.com

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Movie Meetup - THE FITS Sunday 1:25pm at Ritz Bourse

Since its important to support indie films in their opening weekend, lets get to gether this Sunday to check out the Sundance hit, THE FITS, this Sunday afternoon 1:25pm at thRitz at the Bourse, 4th and Ranstead (bet Market and Chestnut). Event is Dutch Treat. Movie tix are $7.75.

LISTEN TO REELBLACK RADIO FRIDAY AT 11:30am. We will talk with the films Writer/Producer/Director ANNA ROSE HOLMER. Listen Live at www.900amwurd.com

I’ve seen this film and it is one of the most unique pieces of pure cinema I’ve seen in a long time. The young actors are fantastic. This is definitely worth your time and will stay with you for a while.

Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother, and instead eagerly absorbs the dance routines and masters drills from a distance, and even pierces her own ears in an effort to fit in. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes more complicated. Gorgeously shot and with a mesmerizing score, THE FITS is a transformative experience and a marvelous portrait of adolescence.

Sleep Study - Red Carpet Premiere 6/25

In his first directorial venture, Michael Angelo Wallace, one of Philadelphia’s most accomplished artists, has taken on a subject that will instantly hit home with everyone, especially the Millennials – the ever growing desire to make more money and also get enough restive sleep to be ready for the next day. ‘Sleep Study’, premiering on Saturday, June 25 at the Philadelphia Clef Club, is an artist’s look into what happens when a man makes an ill-fated decision to get enough of both.
Marcus is the archetypical, new-age man who takes countless turns in his bed every night. He also needs money more badly than ever. Not willingly to lose out on his cherished dreams, he decides to volunteer for a sleep study at a research facility. It marks the beginning of a nightmare from which one can only pray that one wakes up.
The Hollywood style movie premier, hosted by Comedy Centrals Tommy Smoov McMillan, this will be an exclusive evening where guest can walk the red carpet and take selfies with new talent such as Cobby Jackk, who plays Marcus and popular actors such as Philadelphia’s Nakia Dillard, best known for his role in the HBO acclaimed series, ‘The Wire’.
‘Sleep Study’ is written and directed by Michael Angelo Wallace, who doesn’t believe in playing it small. Born in Philadelphia, he learned to paint and set new trends with a vibrant, illuminating style. He went on to perfect his technique at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts, and later at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Considered a modern day renaissance man, he has excelled as a musician, dancer, actor, professional boxer and kick-boxer. While everyone hears music, he ‘hears’ colors, and uses music as the cornerstone of his artistic work.
The legendary Philadelphia Clef Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is where ‘Sleep Study’ was shot. The premier event will bring together an evening full of visual art, new musical performances, and a never before seen journey of a man’s quest for reclaiming his only life. The show arrivals begin at 7 pm and the screening will start at 8 pm at the Philadelphia Clef Club, 738 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST 6/10 AT UNITED BANK BLDG.

We remember the life of Muhammad Ali with a rare public screening of William Greaves classic documentary, ALI THE FIGHTER (1971).  Screening will take place Friday June 10, 2016 7pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. Suggested donation $5.00

Director William Greaves’s compelling documentary about boxer Muhammad Ali chronicles the champ’s 1971 bout against Joe Frazier. Greaves goes behind the scenes of the event, capturing footage of the training, press conferences, negotiations and celebrity attendees as well as graphic film of the “fight of the century.” Part biography, the movie also details Ali’s earlier days in Louisville, Ky., when he was known as Cassius Clay.

Movie Meetup - PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW 6/6 at Ritz Bourse

Let’s support the release of the new documentary, PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW this Monday 7:30pm at the Ritz at the Bourse (4th Street between Market and Chestnut).  I’ve seen this film.  It is definitely a must see for those who believe dreams do come true.

If COSI is open, we can go there after for coffee and discussion.

tix available in advance at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia/ritz-at-the-bourse/film-info/presenting-princess-shaw

PRINCESS SHAW WILL BE OUR GUEST ON REELBLACK RADIO THIS FRIDAY JUNE 3 at 11:30AM.  LISTEN LIVE AT www.900amwurd.com

In every corner of the world, random people post personal video clips online. Most clips flounder in a sad limbo of indifference and anonymity—unless your YouTube handle happens to be Princess Shaw. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw, belting out soulful originals and posting a cappella clips on YouTube, usually reaching just a handful of viewers. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, is an Israeli musician living on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv who mashes up YouTube videos from all over the world to create new musical pieces. Princess Shaw has no idea that he has found hers. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bona fide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

DICK GREGORY - ON THE MOVIES


Comedian/Activist/Author DICK GREGORY shares his thoughts on recent Oscar favorites Concussion, Spotlight and The Big Short plus gives his unexpurgated opinions on Selma, Miles Ahead and Barbershop 3 in this exclusive clip. Camera: Les Rivera Interviewer: Mike D. Help us grow. Like/Comment/Subscribe.

PIFVA CINEMA SPEAKEASY - WHEN KARMA CALLS 6/22

The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association is proud to present a night of films by Eli and Lu Bevins. Wednesday June 22, 2016 7:30pm at L’Etage, 6th and Bainbridge (above Beaumonde Creperie). Admission is FREE. Filmmakers will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

When Karma Calls - Following the mysterious outbreak of parallel punishments, a blogger searches for answers to a supernatural force driven by karma. (51 min)

My Dear Arthur - A mother suspected of witch craft takes her own life and her son’s to avoid death by the townspeople. She puts their spirits in a painting in hopes to live again through the souls of a couple who purchases the painting 400 years later. (9 min)

The Exit - A woman contemplates in her diary different scenarios to exit the abusive relationship she’s in but her reality is far different from her thoughts. (4 min)

WIN PASSES TO SEE “PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW”

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving FIVE lucky readers a passes to see PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.  Presenting Princess Shaw opens in NYC, LA and on Amazon and iTunes this Friday.  It comes Friday June 3 to Philadelphia at the Ritz at the Bourse.  Passes are good for any screening 6/6-6/9. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “PRINCESS SHAW” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be selected at random and passes mailed on June1.  Good luck!

The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur Youtube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Kutiman “transforms sampling into a multimedia art”, whether at his home on a kibbutz in Israel or at a live performance at the Guggenheim in New York. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bona fide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

Reelblack Recommends - ARNEZ J | This Weekend at Helium Comedy Club

Reelblack recommends you check out comedian ARNEZ J May 26-29 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street in Philadelphia.

To those in the know Arnez J. is quickly emerging as one of the hottest, most talked about comedic artists in the game. His raw energy, talent and comedic skill quickly landed Arnez the coveted hosting slot on BET’s longest-running comedy series “ComicView” for two seasons joining the ranks of hosts such as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. His hilarious new comedy special “Racially Motivated” is now available on Netflix.

This show is 21+ (18+ with parent). Tickets will be available for pick up at the box office prior to the show (they are generally available 1.5-2 hrs prior to showtime.) Get Tix HERE

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