Tune in Friday at 11am ET for Reelblack Radio on The Mojo. Mike and Steph will speak with Filmmaker AYOYKA CHENZIRA (and Philly native), who recently released a DVD boxset of her pioneering film and video work. We will also talk with director SYDNEY FREELAND whose 2017 Sundance hit, Deidra and Laney Rob A Train recently debuted on Netflix and writer/director JAMAL HILL, whose DUECES drops tomorrow on Netflix.
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Reelblack is proud to host a very special screening of KNUCKLEHEAD, starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, Alfre Woodard and Amari Cheatom. Screening will take place on Friday April 14, 2017 at 7:15pm atthe United Bank Bulding, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in University City. Admission is $7 adults / $5 Reelblack Members, Students and Seniors.
Following the screening, writer/director BEN BOWMAN and actor/producer GBENGA AKINNAGBE will join us live via Skype for a Q&A.
When his brother (Amari Cheatom - Night Catches Us, Newlyweeds) is shot, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe - The Wire, The Good Wife) is left without a protector in Brooklyn’s housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard - 12 Years a Slave, Luke Cage) Langston must take his future into his own hands. He sets out to find the one doctor he believes can cure him, a celebrity magazine columnist who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails. If Langston can become “mentally excellent”, it will mean moving into an apartment of his own with his girlfriend, who may herself be a creation of his wishful thinking. Plunged into the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical marketing, the search for his mysterious doctor and hero leads to some surprising discoveries. Langston strives for independence from his prior life, from his mother, and from his fractured mind. Released by RLJ Entertainment in the U.S. and Canada in the fall of 2016, KNUCKLEHEAD has received critical praise and won awards at film festivals across the North America, including the VH1 Audience Award (2015, ABFF).
Thursday April 13, 2017 At the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street (next door to the Cinemark Theater). Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:10. BYOB. Admission is Free.
APRIL 13 – REEL BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS TV MOVIES OF THE 1970s
Dummy (1979 / 75 minutes)
Levar Burton plays a deaf mute wrongly accused of rape and murder. Based on the real-life case of Donald Lang, this Emmy-nominated film co-stars Paul Sorvino as hearing impaired lawyer Lowell Myers.
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977 / 100 minutes)
Adapted from the novel by Don Robertson, Jimmie Walker plays a high school basketball player stricken with sickle-cell anemia. Tony nominated director Gilbert Moses enlists a strong supporting cast, which includes James Earl Jones, Kevin Hooks and Debbie Allen (re-teamed with her Good Times co-star Walker in her movie debut).
Guest Host and Curator: Mike D.
NAMOUR is a film about why life can feel like it’s passing us by. Chronicling the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Kalim Saleh), a valet driver for a trendy Los Angeles restaurant caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family. NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker (and Philly resident) Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.
NAMOUR debuts on Netflix starting March 15 via ARRAY.
Winners will be announced next week. Good luck!
Reelblack is giving three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see DRUMLINE LIVE this weekend at The Merriam Theater.
ENTER TO WIN BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE. Winners will be selected at random and notified Tuesday afternoon.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film, is proud to host the Philadelphia release of NAMOUR, by Heidi Saman. This marks the fifteen acquisition by ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s film distribution collective. Writer/Director Saman will be on hand for a post film Q&A.
This Special Event will take place at 7:15pm on Friday March 10 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA Tickets are $7.00 adults/ $5.00 Students, Reelblack & BlackStar Members and Seniors.
Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at https://namourphilly.eventbrite.com/
A sparse and stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Karim Saleh (IRON MAN 2, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Waleed Zuaiter (20th CENTURY WOMAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OMAR) and new comer, Wedad Abdou.
NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.
Reelblack is giving three lucky readers a pair of passes to see RUSALKA on Saturday February 25 at 12:55pm. We have passes to local theaters in the city as well as in the suburban areas.
This is the final show of the Fall season.
For tickets and list of theaters, visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/the-met-live-in-hd-2016-17-season/more-info/the-met-live-in-hd-2016-17-season
THE SMASH HIT WEST END MUSICAL The Bodyguard is based on the Oscar nominated film and features irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and of the biggest selling songs of all time - “I will Always Love You”.
February 21-26 at the Kimmel Center.
Deborah Cox will not be performing on the following dates:
Saturday Feb 25 at 2:00pm
Sunday Feb 26 at 6:30pm
Reelblack is giving away a a pair of tix to see it to one lucky reader. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND PHONE NUMBER in the body of the message and the phrase THE BODYGUARD in subject line to Reelblackinc@aol.com
HARRY BELAFONTE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY TO BE CELEBRATED WITH A DAY OF SCREENINGS AND A LIVE EVENT IN QUEENS 2/4
A conversation with Walter Mosley about the legacy of his friend Harry Belafonte anchors a trio of screenings: The Strolling ‘20s, Kansas City, and Carmen Jones
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Astoria, New York, January 30, 2017—Actor, musician, activist, and humanitarian Harry Belafonte will turn 90-years-old on March 1, 2017. On this occasion, Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate his legendary career as an artist and activist—a little early—on Saturday, February 4, with a three-film retrospective and conversation with Belafonte’s friend, the best-selling author Walter Mosley. The Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration will feature screenings of The Strolling ‘20s, a television special produced by and starring Belafonte and featuring Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more, that has hardly been seen in 50 years; Robert Altman’s Kansas City, which features Belafonte’s favorite of his own performances; and Otto Preminger’s classic Carmen Jones, in which he stars opposite Dorothy Dandridge.
This program is the fourth annual Black History Month collaboration between the Black Filmmaker Foundation and the Museum of the Moving Image and is organized and moderated by Warrington Hudlin, President of the Black Filmmaker Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the Museum of the Moving Image. Previous programs include Massa’s Gaze, Endangered by the Moving Image, and The Color of Comedy. This program is part of the Museum’s ongoing series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
Admission to Individual programs is $15. A day pass including admission to all programs is available to the public for $25 ($20 students/seniors). All events in the Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration are free for Museum members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above. See below for schedule and descriptions or visit movingimage.us/belafonte
SCHEDULE FOR ‘HARRY BELAFONTE PRE-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION’ (FEB. 4, 2017)
All screenings take place in the Redstone Theater at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, Queens, New York.
The Strolling ‘20s
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1:00 P.M.
Produced by Harry Belafonte. Directed by Charles Dubin. 1966, 60 mins. Digital projection. With Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Sammy Davis, Jr., Duke Ellington, Gloria Lynne, George Kirby, Brownie McGhee, Sidney Poitier, Nipsey Russell. The great poet Langston Hughes wrote the script for this star-studded hour-long TV special that was designed to evoke the “tempo, feeling, and spirit of Harlem in the 1920s.” This was Belafonte’s first TV production, broadcast on CBS.
A Conversation with Walter Mosley: The Living Legacy of Harry Belafonte
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2:15 P.M.
Walter Mosley, the prolific author best known for his Easy Rawlins mystery novels including Devil in a Blue Dress, will talk about his friend Harry Belafonte’s living legacy as an artist and activist, in a conversation with Warrington Hudlin.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 3:30 P.M.
Dir. Robert Altman. 1996, 116 mins. 35mm. With Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Steve Buscemi. Robert Altman’s lovingly crafted film set in his hometown is a period gangster film, filled with jazz, kidnapping, drugs, and featuring Belafonte’s favorite of his film performances. As Roger Ebert wrote, Belafonte “shows a hard-edged side not often revealed in his performances, plays Seldom Seen as a wise, canny, proud black gangster.”
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6:00 P.M.
Dir. Otto Preminger. 1954, 105 mins. DCP. With Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge. Following up on his successful 1953 screen debut Bright Road, Harry Belafonte co-starred again with Dorothy Dandridge in this early CinemaScope musical, which adapts the love story of Bizet’s Carmen to World War II. Belafonte plays the young soldier Joe and Dandridge is the alluring parachute-factory worker, Carmen Jones.