BLACK BALLERINA at The Bank 7/14

Reelblack and PEC are proud to host a very special screening of BLACK BALLERINA, a documentary that shows how dancers of color face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Screening will take place Friday July 14, 2017 at 7:15pm at The Bank 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Admission $7.00 adults/ $5 Students, Seniors an Reelblack Members.

Director FRAN McELROY will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

It tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face the same barriers, including body type.  The film refutes a persistent myth that ours is a post-racial culture and compels viewers to think about issues of diversity, inclusion and equality from a different perspective. Their stories demonstrate how far we still have to go across all sectors of American society, life and employment.In production since 2011, the documentary runs 53:20 minutes. It will premiere on (station) on (date and time).BLACK BALLERINA is produced by Shirley Road Productions, an award-winning, Philadelphia-based production company founded in 1991. The documentary is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Women in Film.

Producer/Director: Frances McElroyOutreach Producer: Nadine PattersonEditor / Associate Producer: Meg SarachanPrincipal Cinematography: Eric Sennhenn & Gregg EasterbrookContent Consultant: Joselli Audain Deans, Ed.D

Main characters:

• Joan Myers Brown – dreamed of becoming a ballerina; unable to pursue ballet as a young girl of color in the 1940s, she ultimately founded Philadanco, a renowned contemporary dance company• Raven Wilkinson – the first African-American woman to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo• Delores Browne – a principal with the short-lived New York Negro Ballet, she turned to teaching after finding too many obstacles in her pursuit to dancing professionally in ballet• Ashley Murphy – a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem• Amanda Smith – a dancer with Charlotte Ballet• Bianca Fabré – a ballet student who had difficulty navigating the path to a career before abandoning her dream• Virginia Johnson – former ballerina and current Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem• Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux – Artistic Director of Charlotte Ballet• Roy Kaiser – Artistic Director Emeritus of Pennsylvania Ballet

LENA HORNE CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE 6/9 in W. Philly

To celebrate the Centennial of Lena Horne’s birth, we will screen the long out-of-print (never released on DVD) Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music along with other rare clips of America’s firs African-American pin-up.

Friday June 9, 2017 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Admission $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Reelblack Members/ Students and Seniors.

ARRAY’S THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD (Philly Premiere) 6/6

Scribe Producers Forum brings filmmaker Damani Baker to Philly for the premiere of his new film, which was recently acquired by ARRAY Releasing. at Lightbox Film Center 3701 Chestnut Street. Admission $10/ adults $7/Reelblack Members and Students $5 / Ihouse and scribe members.

Dir.Damani Baker, Grenada/USA, 2016, 78 min.

With filmmaker Damani Baker in person

The House on Coco Road is an intimate portrait of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California in 1983 to participate in the Grenada’s Afro-centric Socialist Revolution only to find her family in harm’s way of a U.S. military invasion. This is a story of a larger tale of black activism embodied by Haughton and a group of tireless women who put their lives on the line, daring to build a different type of country and a better world.

Damani Baker is an alum of Filmmaker Magazines “25 new faces in independent film”. His career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations and advertisements. Baker’s first feature documentary about the life and music of Bill Withers, Still Bill, opened theatrically in 2009. Baker is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College’s Film and New Media Department.

Producers’ Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

WIN A DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST BLU-RAY

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away seven one copy of the recently released Blu-Ray of the 25th Anniversary edition of Julie Dash’s DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, courtesy of Cohen Media Group.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “DAUGHTERS BLU-RAY” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced Friday 6/9. Good luck!

WIN A “GET OUT” BLU-RAY DVD COMBO

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away seven (7) Blu-Ray/DVD combos of Jordan Peele’s breakout hit GET OUT, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “GET OUT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com
Winners will be announced Friday. Good luck!

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

  • Digital Copy of Get Out (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Unveiling the Horror of Get Out
  • Q&A Discussion with Writer/Diretor Jordan Peele and the Cast
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • WIN A COPY OF THE WATERMELON ON ON DVD

    Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away two DVDs of the recentlyreleased 20th Anniversary restoration of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, Cheryl Dunye’s landmark black queer film, courtesy of First Run Features.
    Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “WATERMELON WOMAN” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

    Winners will be announced Friday.  Good luck!

    *****
    Now remastered for its 20th Anniversary, with Pristine 2K HD Restoration overseen by 13 Gen, “The Watermelon Woman” was released on DVD and VOD January 31, 2017.

    Set in Philadelphia, “The Watermelon Woman” is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman.” While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards’ life, Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana (Guinevere Turner, “Go Fish”), a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future.

    Win Express Tix To The CARS 3 TOUR This Saturday

    This weekend, CARS 3 ROAD TO THE RACES Tour rolls into the Cherry Hill Mall. Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie, take photos with life-size characters from the film, and participate in various fun activities. Reelblack is giving away 5 family-4-packs  that grant winners EXPRESS race-lane entry into the tour on Saturday, May 13.
    Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “CARS 3″ IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

    Winners will be announced late this afternoon.  Good luck!

    YOUNG MC IS TODAY’S GUEST ON REELBLACK RADIO

    Tune in today at 11am ET to Reelblack Radio. At 11:10am we will chart with filmmaker BRETT STORY, whose documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapres, Premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens on May 8.
    At 11:30, Grammy-winning rapper MARVIN YOUNG (Young MC) will call in to discuss JUSTICE SERVED, a new film he directed and co-stars in, which will be released on VOD on Tuesday.
    Tune in/listen live at www.900amwurd.com

    FREE SCREENING - DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST AT AAMP 5/5

    Films at AAMP: Daughters of the Dust Screening & Artists Talk
    Friday, May 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
    Cost: Free with RSVP
    In conjunction with our latest special exhibition, Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration presented in collaboration with Scribe Video Center, theAfrican American museum in Philadelphia presents a special screening of the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash’s landmark film, Daughters of the Dust.
    At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina - former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions - struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The story unfolds over the course of a family picnic, the last supper. Along the way, the film saturates us with impressionistic colors, African symbolism, Geechee-Gullah rituals, cooking, dialect, and the sound of field cries, all expressing the complex resonances of the Lowcountry lifestyle.
    The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy,Daughters of the Dust still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences can now see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.
    This event is free and open to the public, and is part of Art Sanctuary’s month long Celebration of Black Arts festival lineup. Doors for this event will open at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the event will kick off with a Tone Poems & Light Stories: The Great Migration artist talk, which will be followed by the film screening. RSVP today!

    Win A Download of I Am Not Your Negro

    Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a three download codes for LIKE I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO from FandangoNOW, the premium on-demand video service from Fandango.
    Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “NOT YOUR NEGRO” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

    Winners will be announced Friday.  Good luck!

    *****

    Directed by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro has ignited conversation since its theatrical release as it dives into the Civil Rights Movement and topics that are still very relevant in today’s conversation about American injustices. Adapted from James Baldwin’s unfinished book, “Remember This House,” and narrated by Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), the documentary revisits the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, while relaying a powerful message that’s vital to all Americans.

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