Reelblack Presents PHILLY SHORTS Tonight at IHouse

Reelblack Presents Philly Shorts (2012-2014/1115min/ Various Directors) Reelblack shines the spotlight on some of Philadelphia’s brightest talent with a special night of short films. New work from a dozen directors will be showcased followed by a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers. Presented in Collaboration with PIFVA and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the Black Film Advisory Committee.
$50 cash prize will be given to the Favorite Short of the night (voted on by you).
Bring extra loot for James’ Side of the Road Jerk Chicken and Friutygirl Iced Tea and Cupcakes. Griotworks will also be in the building with T-Shirts.
Reelblack will also have DVDs and T-Shirts for sale.
Stay for a very special Q&A and to sing Happy Birthday to Reelblack Team member Cheryl Williams.

At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in West Philly.

$10 adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack Season 11 and IHouse members. Featuring:

Birthday Present (dir. Cedra Walton 15:00)
Brenda (dir. Rashawn Tucker & Talyr Williams 10:00)
A Child Of God (by Floyd Marshal and Angelique Marshall 20:00)
Choices (by Jacobi Simmons and Mike A. Pender 17:00)
I Dream (dir. Vernon Jordan 5:00)
Laying Down My Burdens (dir. Karen Waller-Martin 2:30)
Talk It Out ( dir. Derek Thompson 15:00)
Therapy (dir. Kenneth Oyegun 11:00)
Trip and Mary Jane (by Atif R. Lanier and Mike A. Pender 22:00)
Gold sponsors for tonights event are Cherry Hill Jaguar, Minuteman Press and All Oceans Interactive.

Meet RIO 2 Director Carlos Saldanha

RBTV’s MIKE D sat down with director CARLOS SALDANHA to discuss his latest project, RIO 2.  The ICE AGE creator talks about the changes in computer animation in the past 20 years, the role of a director in animation and offers words of advice in this exclusive clip.  RIO 2 is in theaters now.  Camera: Rob Kates.

Win A Copy of RIDE ALONG Blu-Ray Combo Pack

Reelblack and Universal Home Entertainment are giving away 2 copies of Tim Story’s comedy Ride Along (2014), starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Tika Sumpter, which comes out Tuesday on Blu-Ray/DVD.

For the past two years, high school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has been trying to show decorated detective James (Ice Cube) that he’s more than just a video game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister. When Ben finally gets accepted into the police academy, James invites him on a ride-along designed to scare the hell out of him and ultimately demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it. Also starring John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne, Ride Along is an action-packed comedy with big thrills and even bigger laughs.

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Take
  • Kev & Cube’s Wild Ride: Audiences will experience Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s electrifying chemistry in a short feature that shows first hand how these two megastars fed each other creatively, how Hart’s energy fueled the process, and what he learned about dedication and focus by working with Ice Cube.
  • An Explosive Ride: Ever wonder what it would be like to be beaten up by Laurence Fishburne? This trip behind the scenes will expose the hilarious exchanges between the stars and their stunt doubles.
  • You Gonna Learn Today: An inside look at the film’s many hilarious off-script moments including b-roll, dailies and alternate takes that showcase the stars’ incredible comic gifts.
  • Anatomy of the Big Blast: Watch as the cast and crew prep for the movie’s most explosive sequence!


The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday.  Good luck!

VANISHING PEARLS Coming to Philly on May 21

ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), today announced the acquisition of Slamdance 2014 Official Documentary Selection, VANISHING PEARLS. Marking the directorial debut of Louisiana native Nailah Jefferson, VANISHING PEARLS will be released on April 18, 2014 in NY and LA to coincide with the fourth anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder Ava DuVernay.

The film will have a special, one night only screening on May 21, 2014 at Philadelphia’s International House.

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. The filmmaker delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 Million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of African-American fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.

AFFRM_logo“Nailah has created a breathtaking documentary set against one of the worst environmental catastrophes in US history by highlighting the economic and cultural losses with a strikingly personal approach. We’re pleased to work with this exciting new documentarian in connecting VANISHING PEARLS with its audience,” explained ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of AFFRM.

Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic Tonight at 4017 Lancaster Avenue

Please join us Friday April 11 at 7pm for a very special screening of RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC. Preceded by the short film CAN’T SELL DRUGS IN THE LIB NO MORE by Milton McGriff.

Friday April 11, 2014 at 4017 LANCASTER AVENUE on the main corridor. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).
This moving portrait of legendary comedian Richard Pryor chronicles his life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise as one of the most respected comic actors of the 20th century. Often misunderstood during the height of his celebrity, the late superstar has never been profiled this extensively. Marina Zenovich’s revealing and entertaining film lays bare the demons with which he struggled, and it reminds us just how daring and dangerous artistic freedom can be.

Zenovich has created a definitive cinematic profile of the comedy icon. Featuring appearances from comedy royalty Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, Paul Mooney and a host of others, the film offers unprecedented access to members of his family and inner circle. Totally unbiased, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic features rarely seen footage of the artist at work and delves deeply into the public and private lives of this very complex man. Zenovich continues to exercise her methods of revelation with this remarkable film, easily engaging those who may be unaware of Pryor’s struggles and triumphs beyond the silver screen.

—Loren Hammonds, Tribeca Film Fest


Image Entertainment releases MARK HARRIS’ BLACK COFFEE on DVD today.  Black Coffee enjoyed a limited theatrical release earlier this year.  One of Mark’s earlier films, BLACK BUTTERFLY, screened at Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema.  Support quality independent film.  Catch BLACK COFFEE at Walmart, Amazon and Redbox.

Get your tickets! Dollars & $ense: Crowdfunding - How to fund your big, bold ideas

Do you have a great new business idea but no money to start it? If so, you can’t afford to miss WURD’s interactive panel discussion on Crowdfunding, the hottest way to raise money to turn your dream into reality.

Whether it’s Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Rockethub, these funding strategies provide companies with a unique opportunity to bridge what is termed “the black entrepreneurial gap” — the notion that Black entrepreneurs start businesses at higher rates than others, but lag behind in owning sustainable operational businesses. Lack of capital is the main reason.

At Dollars & $ense - Crowdfunding: How to Fund Your Big, Bold Ideas, you’ll learn how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise money to launch or build your business. Presented in partnership with Philly Tech Week and Wilco Electronic Systems, at this workshop you’ll get hands on advice from people who have created successful campaigns that have raised tens of thousands of dollars.


General Admission: $25
WURD Members: $20
(WURD Members, please call the station at (215) 425-7875 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday to get your exclusive discount code)

Breakfast and workshop materials are included with the ticket price.

Our Program

Chris Rabb, Adjunct professor at Temple University, Fox School of Business

Brigitte Daniel
Executive VP, Wilco Electronic Systems & FCC Advisor


Daryl H. Bryant
CEO & Founder of

Issa Rae
Creator, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” (and a forthcoming HBO pilot!)

Tim Reese
Managing Partner, National Minority Angel Network

Evita Robinson
Founder, Nomadness, LLC


Community Jazz Project Tonight at Reuben’s Marc

Tonight at Reuben’s Marc (8131 Stenton Avenue in Mt. Airy) Friday 4/4 at 8pm. COVER :$10

The Community Jazz Project’s 2nd floor is proud to present the legendary Sam Reed & his band. In observance of Jazz Appreciation Month, Sam will be highlighting the music of the “Mighty Burner”, Philly’s own Charlie Earland. Charles was one of the great Soul-Jazz Organist of his Day. Although influenced by Jimmy Smith & Jimmy McGriff, Charles soon developed his own swinging style.

Sam Reed was the former Band director for the world renowned Uptown Theater in Philadelphia. During his tenure he added Jazz shows to what was at that time an R&B, Blues and rock and roll venue.

For some years, Sam Reed was also the musical director for Teddy Pendergrass, and in the early 1970s, he was the “horn contractor” for Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records. Sam will be joined by Sonny Keaton on the organ, Wayne Morgan on drums and George Parakis on the guitar. The lovely & talented Barbara Yates will be the featured vocalist.

A Fundraiser for Betty Leacraft 4/8

A Fundraiser for Betty Leacraft
Fiber Mixed Media Artist

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Community Education Center (CEC)

3500 Lancaster Avenue
Greetings, Family & Friends:
We’ve all heard the phrase: “Being in the right place at the right time.” Well, a once in a lifetime opportunity has just happened for Betty Leacraft who was recently invited to submit an entry in a special international traveling group exhibition in South Africa in July 2014.
The exhibition, Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela, will celebrate this giant among men and the service he gave to his country. Featured quilt art will premiere at the International Quilt Africa Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa and tour the United States for two years. The exhibition is organized by Michigan State University Museum of Art and The Women of Color Quilters Network, Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder.
You are invited to a special gathering of Betty Leacraft and friends.
This event will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30pm–8pm at the Community Education Center, located at 3500 Lancaster Avenue.
Join us for a fundraising fellowship, a presentation or two, light refreshments, a raffle, silent auction and selected items for sale.
On April 8th we welcome your donation of $25.00, $35.00, $50.00 or more.

Raised: $1,500.00 to date.

Goal: $5,000 by the May 8, 2014 deadline

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a secure donation of

$25.00, $35.00, $50.00 or more by visiting the PayPal link below.


Mail your check / money order made payable to:
Betty Leacraft
P.O. Box 42643
Philadelphia, PA 19101-2643
Memo: Betty in South Africa

Much appreciation!

In the behalf of Betty Leacraft

Event Sponsor: The Community Education Center (CEC)

Reelblack Recommends - Korean Film Series | Wednesdays at Art Museum

Joe Kim, founder of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is curating a Korean Film Series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that runs each Wednesday in April at 6pm.  The film series features a mix of contemporary Korean films, documentaries, and classics and showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the museum’s Treasures from Korea exhibition. Films are screened in the museum’s Van Pelt Auditorium and are $8 for general audiences, $5 for museum members and FREE for students with valid ID.  (Does not include museum admission, which is Pay What You Wish on Wednesdays after 5pm).

Featuring a mix of contemporary films, documentaries, and classics, this series showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910.

APRIL 2: Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire)
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Chi-hwa-seon is a vivid portrait of the life of one of Korea’s greatest artists, renowned painter Jang Seung-eop. Celebrated filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director prize for this film, which follows Jang’s struggles with his artistic identity during turbulent political revolutions in late-ninetenth-century Korea. The screening is followed by a conversation with Hyunsoo Woo, the Museum’s Maxine and Howard Lewis Associate Curator of Korean Art; and Eugene Y. Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
(Includes strong sexual content and some gore)
APRIL 9: Sunny
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Sunny is a film about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend’s dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school. Featuring a soundtrack of 80s pop hits, this heartwarming film will alternately make you laugh and cry as these long-lost friends discover they can still change one another’s lives.
Feel free to come dressed in your 80’s best!

APRIL 16: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
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From the brash actions of youth, through the dawn of adolescence, to the fullness of adulthood, one man’s life lessons are learned as seasons pass, his emotional inner life changing with the landscape around him. Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a lushly exotic, yet universal story about the human spirit and its evolution, from innocence to love, evil to enlightenment, and ultimately to rebirth. This screening is followed by a discussion with Aaron Mannino (multimedia artist, film programmer, writer), Donald Fredericksen (professor of film and Religious and Visual Studies at Cornell) and Rev. Sanghyeon Cheon (chair of Won Buddhist Studies program at the Won Institute).
APRIL 23: Planet B-Boy
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Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams. This screening is followed by a filmmaker discussion and a b-boy demonstration.
APRIL 30: The Yellow Sea
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Desperate to pay off mounting debts, a Korean man living in China (a joseonjok) agrees to carry out an assassination in South Korea. But soon the man finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy as he begins to uncover a vicious trap of betrayal and lies. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

Also, please check out:
Fri, March 28, 5-9:45pm: Art After 5 K-Pop Dance Party & Fashion Show (Free after museum admission)
Student designers from the fashion department of the Art Institute of Philadelphia kick off the evening by showcasing runway looks using professional models. This evening also features a K-pop (Korean pop) performance, a mini dance class, and a dance party in the museum DJ’d by Chops (produced for Kanye West, The Lonely Island and more)!

Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm (Mar 19, 26, May 7, 14, 21)
(Free after museum admission)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.


To get tickets visit or call 215-235-SHOW (7469)
For questions and press inquiries please contact Joe Kim.
Special thanks to everyone at the museum and in particular the education and membership departments and everyone else who made this film series possible. Thanks also to our co-promotional partners:
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