Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away five copies of MR. CHURCH on DVD, courtesy of Codeblack/Lionsgate. The movie will be released onDigital HD and On Demand on 10/21 and DVD and Blu-Ray October 25. It can be pre-ordered here.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “MR. CHURCH” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners will be announced on 10/25.
Academy Award® nominee Eddie Murphy (Best Supporting Actor, Dreamgirls, 2006) and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) star in the heart-warming film Mr. Church, arriving on Digital HD and On Demand October 21and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) October 25 from Codeblack Films and Lionsgate. Currently in theaters, the film was produced by Cinelou Films and Envision Media Arts. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Bruce Beresford (Director, Tender Mercies, 1983) and written by Susan McMartin (TV’s “Mom”), Mr. Church challenges the notions of family and unconditional love. The “touching account of an unlikely friendship marked by love and respect” (The Hollywood Reporter), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and also stars Xavier Samuel (Love & Friendship), Lucy Fry (TV’s “11.22.63″), and Natascha McElhone (TV’s “Californication”).
Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
The Mr. Church home entertainment release bonus material includes interviews with the cast, a “Food on Film” featurette, and a look at the true story the film is based on. Mr. Church will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) for $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
On Friday October 14, Reelblack kicks off its 14th Season with a special celebration and screening at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in W. Philly. From 6-8pm, join us in fellowship with a special indoor/outdoor party featuring all-you-can-eat chicken, franks, burgers and veggies catered by SIDE OF THE ROAD JERK CHICKEN. At 8pm, we will host the Philadelphia Premiere of HONEYTRAP, the latest release from ARRAY–the film distribution company founded by Ava DuVernay.
We will also debut new designs/colors of Reelblack T-Shirts and you can pick up your membership buttons.
HONEYTRAP is the harrowing rite-of-passage drama inspired by a 2009 real-life crime of love, betrayal and murder. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Jessica Sula (Skins, ABC Family’s Recovery Road) Lucien Laviscount (Fox’s Scream Queens), Naomi Ryan (GUARDIANSOF THE GALAXY) and Ntonga Mwanza (LEAVE TO REMAIN).
Girlhood and gang culture collide in HONEYTRAP as 15-year old Layla (Sula) contends with bullying at a new school by transforming herself inside and out. The teen’s compulsive journey for love and acceptance soon becomes fatal in this cautionary tale based on headline news adapted by writer/director Rebecca Johnson.
The 2016 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, presented by Comcast, NBC10, Telemundo62, and Comcast Spectacor, is excited to announce its 9th annual festival, which will take place from November 10-20, 2016. The festival will feature over 70 films, intimate discussions with filmmakers, celebrity chef catering, live musical performances, a two-day academic conference, live theater performances by local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists, and more! Special guests anticipated to attend include Danny Pudi (NBC’s Community), Cambodian Rapper Prach Ly, Japanese chef Chigumi Obayashi, and dozens of participating filmmakers.
The festival opens on Thursday, November 10 at 7PM with the Philadelphia Premiere of The Tiger Hunter, a comedy drama starring Pudi as a young Indian man who relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer. Director Lena Khan and Pudi are expected in attendance for a Q&A, followed by a reception featuring music by DJ Rekha. The festival closes on Sunday November 20 with Mele Murals, about a young generation of Native Hawaiians who are reclaiming their indigenous culture through graffiti art. Director Tad Nakamura and graffiti legend Prime will conduct a film Q&A and live mural painting. Admission includes entry to the Closing Night Reception catered by local Hawaiian food truck Poi Dog, and will feature the unveiling of a limited edition Hawaiian ice cream flavor from Little Baby’s Ice Cream.
PAAFF also presents the Regional Premiere of Oscar-winning filmmaker David Goodman’s film Singers in the Band, a feature documentary that offers an unflinching look at the US military’s role in the South Korean sex trade. Goodman, a Philadelphia native, will be in attendance for the Q&A.
Two features of particular relevance to the Reelblack audience that have African American connections are Bad Rap, a feature doc about Asian American rappers directed by NY-based Salima Koroma and Dying to Kill starring actor Dwayne Perkins in the leading role. A short feature called Doubles with Slight Pepper about an Indo-Caribbean family in Trinidad that was Executive Produced by Spike Lee.
The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full film line-up of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 20 - October 30 on four theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
Opening on October 20th with Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and closing on October 30th with Arrival, the 11-day Festival will showcase over 110 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee who chooses each selection from multiple international festivals throughout the year.
“We are thrilled to celebrate a milestone year for the Philadelphia Film Festival and to have the opportunity to showcase some of the best films of the year right here in Philly.” said Executive Director, J. Andrew Greenblatt. “From our Opening Night screening, La La Land, which was the talk of the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, to the Closing Night screening of Arrival, this year’s prodigious line-up fully embodies what the Philadelphia Film Festival truly is: a community filled with film lovers brought together to experience today’s most thought-provoking and innovative films!”
“As we celebrate 25 years of Philadelphia Film Festival, we are extremely proud to announce that it’s once our best lineups. With over 110 works from world renowned directors, including tons of surprises, our lineup includes something for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Lerman, Artistic Director. “We’ve had pretty incredible success rate. Four out of the last 5 Best Picture winners made their Philadelphia debut at our Festival, so this is the chance to see it first!”
The Philadelphia Film Society is honored to have Damien Chazelle, recipient of the Academy Award nomination for best writing and adapted screenplay for Whiplash¸ and director of the Opening Night film, La La Land join us for the #PFF25 opening night.
Of interest are
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO - James Baldwin doc from Raoul PEck 10/22 and 10/29
OJ MADE IN AMERICA 10/23
MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy) on 10/24
HUNTER/GATHERER starring Andre Royo 10/24 and 10/25
ARRIVAL, photographed by Bradford Young (Selma) on 10/28
DUECES written and directed by JAMAL HILL and starring LARENZ TATE and MEGAN GOOD (grab these fast–only one screening– it will sell out) 10/29
I CALLED HIM MORGAN - Lee Morgan doc 10/28 and 10/30
Arthur Jafa is a filmmaker, visual artist and cultural theorist best known for his cinematographic work on films such as Spike Lee’s Crooklyn and Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust. Jafa will discuss the ways that light and sound, fram rates and sensor resolution can create a uniquely Black form of expression in film.
Tuesday October 18 7-9pm $20, $15 for PIFVA & Reelblack members, $10 for Scribe members
Tune in today at 11am ET to WURD-AM. Reelblack founder Mike D. and Mojo host Stephanie Renee will chat with filmmaker Frances McElro, whose movie Black Ballerina premiers 10/17 at International House; PFS Executive Director J. ANDREW GREENBLATT calls in to talk about the upcoming Philadelphia Film Festival and Mike shares his thoughts on WHAT NOW and THE ACCOUNTANT. Listen live at www.900amwurd.com
Monday, October 17, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
International House 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
of BLACKBALLERINA. BLACKBALLERINA tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson faced racism in pursuit of careers in classical dance. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion and opportunity across all sectors of American society.
CONSPIRACY OR COINCIDENCE? Conspiracy Brother checks in with Reelblack podcast’s Mike D. to expose the tricknology behind the release of Nate Parker’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION and the insiduous connection between Chris Rock and Tyler Perry. A Reelblack exclusive. The numbers don’t lie. Do the math then share your thoughts in the comments section below. Listen to our podcast at www.soundcloud.com/reelblack
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving two lucky readers a copy of THE BIRTH OF A NATION: NAT TURNER AND THE MAKING OF A MOVEMENT, courtesy of our friends at Artia Books.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “BIRTH BOOK” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to email@example.com
We will also be giving away a copy of the book at our Season 14 Kickoff Celebration in W. Philly on October 14.
This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations.
Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one man championing the spirit of resistance as he leads a rough-and-tumble group into a revolt against injustice and slavery.
Breathing new life into a story that has been rife with controversy and prejudice for over two centuries, the film follows the rise of the visionary Virginian slave, Nat Turner. Hired out by his owner to preach to and placate slaves on drought-plagued plantations, Turner eventually transforms into an inspired, impassioned, and fierce anti-slavery leader.
Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry who place Nat Turner and the rebellion he led into historical context. The Birth of a Nation reframes the way we think about slavery and resistance as it explores the passion, determination, and faith that inspired Nat Turner to sacrifice everything for freedom.