James Baldwin In Paris (1971) | Philadelphia Premiere 2/10

In honor of the release of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Reelblack presents a pair of rare documentaries featuring the late author, including the Philadelphia premiere of MEETING THE MAN: JAMES BALDWIN IN PARIS (1971). Followed by a discussion.
Friday February 10 at 7:15pm. At the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia 19104. Suggested donation: $5.00

Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris
Terence Dixon, UK/France, 1971, digital projection, 31m
An extremely rare film document photographed by Jack Hazan (Rude Boy, A Bigger Splash) in several symbolic locations, including the Place de la Bastille. As Hazan recounts: “Things don’t go to plan for him and the film crew when a couple of young black Vietnam draft dodgers impose themselves on the American. Baldwin wrestles with being a role model to the black youths, denouncing Western colonialism and crimes against African Americans while at the same time demonstrating his mastery and understanding of the culture he supposedly despises.”

Special thanks to Jake Perlin and Rich Blint, who programmed The Devil Finds Work - James Baldwin On Film series at Lincoln Center in 2016.

Movie Meetup for Sleepless This Saturday 1/14

Lets support opening weekend of SLEEPLESS, the new thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union.  Pledge to attend the 11:50am show at the UA Riverview in South Philly.  Afterward, join us for lunch at Ruby Buffet for discussion and giveaways.

Event is DUTCH TREAT.  Get tix in advance at http://www.fandango.com/uariverviewplazastadium17rpx26imax_aadib/theaterpage?date=1/14/2017

SLEEPLESS stars Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, White House Down) as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground.

Free Screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13th on 1/13 at AAMP


“The Oscar for this year’s Best Documentary belongs to 13th, Ava DuVernay’s incendiary, indelible and indispensable document about the myth of racial equality in America.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Join Reelblack and the African American Museum (701 Arch Street) in Philadelphia for a FREE screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13TH. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues addressed in this film. Panelists will be announced shortly. This screening is presented as part of AAMP’s annual MLK Weekend Celebration sponsored by Citizens Bank. Community partners: 900AM-WURD, BlackStar Film Festival, Scribe Video Center, Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

Confirmed to moderate is 900AM WURD Program Director Stephanie Renee.  Panelists for Friday’s screening are

Mitchell Chance, public speaker and author of The Great Hijack https://www.amazon.com/Great-Hijack-stealing-Talented-through/dp/1539478823

William L. Goldsby, Chair Reconstruction Inc. Author, Reconstructing Rage https://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Rage-Transformative-Incarceration-Spirituality

El Sawyer, Filmmaker and Social Justice Activist http://pullofgravityfilm.com/bios/

Kevin Shird
National Youth Advocate, Author of ‘Lessons of Redemption’ and ‘Uprising in the City’ https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Redemption-Kevin-Shird/dp/1908518235

Doors: 6:00 pm

Screening: 6:30 pm

More about 13TH

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. A Netflix original documentary.

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Win an official dad hat from the Golden Globe nominated #hiddenfences movie. Send an email with your full name and mailing address to reelblackinc@aol.com With the phrase “Fences Hat” in subject line. Good luck!

Win Passes To See Placido Domingo Live From The Met

Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera celebrate 11 years of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series with “The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 Season” on the big screen.
Reelblack is giving five lucky readers a pair of passes to see NABUCCO on Saturday January 7 at 12:55pm.  We have passes to local theaters in the city as well as in the suburban areas.

ENTER TO WIN BY SENDING AN EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE to reelblackinc@aol.com.  Winner will be selected at random and notified this evening.

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

The fall season performances are below.
NABUCCO (Verdi)- First time in HD & Starring Plácido Domingo
Saturday, January 7 (LIVE) - 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Wednesday, January 11 (ENCORE) - 6:30 p.m. local time
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Gounod)- New production
Saturday, January 21 (LIVE) - 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Wednesday, January 25 (ENCORE) - 6:30 p.m. local time
RUSALKA (Dvo?ák)- New production
Saturday, February 25 (LIVE) - 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Wednesday, March 1 (ENCORE) - 6:30 p.m. local time

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


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HULU is the only streaming service you can watch A&E and History Channel’s acclaimed ROOTS Miniseries, just in time for the holiday’s.  In celebration, Reelblack is offering one lucky reader a FULL YEAR’S SUBSCRIPTION to HULU ($144 value).  For those looking to “cut the cord,” Hulu is the best place for streaming current hit TV shows on demand, plus they have tons of original shows, kids shows and hit movies.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME and PHONE NUMBER in the body of the message and THE PHRASE “ROOTS HULU CONTEST” in the Subject line to Reelblackinc@live.com Winner will be announced at the end on next week.
Get a free trial of HULU here: http://www.hulu.com/start


Reelblack is giving four (4) lucky readers passes for two to see Metropolitan Opera’s live theatrical broadcast of L’AMOUR DE LOIN (Saariaho) featuring Grammy Winning Central High School alum ERIC OWENS. The event will be broadcast via satellite to participating theaters through Fathom Events on Saturday December 10 at 12:55pm ET and then re-broadcast Wednesday December 21 at 6:30pm.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS (so we can determine best theater) and PHONE NUMBER in the body of the message and THE PHRASE “METROPOLITAN OPERA” in the Subject line to Reelblackinc@live.com Winner will be announced Thursday night.

Tix may be purchased at http://www.fathomevents.com/event/lamour-de-loin-live/more-info/details
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT / 10:55 a.m. MT / 9:55 a.m. PT
Run Time: 3 hours (approximate)
Language: French (with English subtitles)
Special Fathom Features: Go behind the scenes with the Met’s stars! During intermission, interviews with cast, crew and production teams give a revealing look at what goes into the staging of an opera.
The broadcast of Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin will be presented live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, December 10 at 12:55 p.m. ET / 9:55 a.m. PT, followed by an encore on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. local time.
One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romanceL’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), has its Met premiere this season. The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.
Click here for complete information about The Met: Live in HD season.
Casting and cinema locations are subject to change.
Photo: Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor The Neubauer Family Foundation.
Global sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is also provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.


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 noirOld 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.

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