Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of OJ: MADE IN AMERICA on Blu-Ray/DVD, courtesy of our friends at ESPN Video. The 5-disc boxset has a retail value of $39.95 and is in stores now. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “OJ 30 For 30” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to email@example.com
It is perhaps the defining cultural tale of 20th-century America, one that centers around two of our country’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity. Directed by Peabody and Emmy winner Ezra Edelman, “O.J.: Made in America” will explore these themes in tracing a personal journey, from how Orenthal James Simpson first became a football star, to why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife, his subsequent acquittal and why he is sitting in jail 20 years later for another crime.
Tune in today at 11:05 to Reelblack Radio on 900amWURD.com our guest will be Breaking A Monster Director LUKE MEYER.
Let’s support the opening night of the new music documentary, BREAKING A MONSTER this Friday 7:10pm at the Ritz Bourse, 4th and Ranstead (4th between Market and Chestnut). Tix are $10.00 adult / $7.00 Seniors and can be purchased at the box office or in advance at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia/ritz-at-the-bourse/film-info/breaking-a-monster
Breaking a Monster chronicles the break-out year of the band Unlocking the Truth and its amazingly talented 12- and 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins, friends from Brooklyn. Playing an energetic blend of heavy metal and speed punk (contrary to the stereotype that African-Americans don’t play hard rock), the youngsters often draw substantial crowds in Times Square. After an audience member records them performing and uploads the video to YouTube, they become an internet sensation, and their meteoric rise to fame begins. Acquiring a grandfatherly manager, Alan Sacks, a 70-year-old industry veteran who previously managed the Jonas Brothers, they are soon performing to acclaim at Coachella, and sign a rich 5-record deal with Sony—all while barely teenagers. Questions about the balance of art and commerce, perceptions of race and definitions of childhood all emerge on the band’s tumultuous journey. What makes the film special are the boys: smart, cute, savvy and charming—they know exactly what they want to achieve. An honest and heartwarming portrait that makes you smile.
Let’s support the Philly premiere of the restored print of AMATEUR NIGHT AT CITY HALL (1980) with legendary filmmaker ROBERT MUGGE (Black Wax) in attendance.
Thursday July 28, 2016 at PhilaMOCA 531 N. 12th Street.
I am a major fan of Mugge’s work. Reelblack recently had the honor of screening the restored print of Gil Scott Heron: Black Wax. Amateur Night is Mugge’s first film, an effort to document the cult of personality that was Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo. In light of current events (with Trump and Police brutality getting so much attention on the news), this is a perfect time to re-examine the legacy of one of the pre-cursors.
AMATEUR NIGHT AT CITY HALL:
THE STORY OF FRANK L. RIZZO (1978)
Filmmaker Robert Mugge in attendance!
This documentary on Philadelphia’s most polarizing mayor of modern times was filmed throughout 1977 and ran for two weeks at the Walnut Mall Cinemas during the blizzard of early 1978. Although the film was released before Rizzo’s controversial assault on radical group MOVE, it chronicles attacks he ordered on Black Panthers and on young people lounging in Rittenhouse Square, his failed polygraph test, and his routinely tough talk (”I’m gonna make Attila the Hun look like a faggot”). The film’s primary theme is “politics as show business,” and it includes many amateur musical performances from South Philadelphia’s Triangle Tavern. Among the many interviewees are broadcast journalists Andrea Mitchell and Larry Kane and stripper Blaze Starr who discusses her reputed affair with the self-proclaimed family man.
Doors 7, Movie 7:30
Screening as part of PhilaMOCA’s DNCinema series of politically-minded movies.
Contest has ended congrats to Barbara Clayton and Carole Dunn of Philadelphia, Ebony Singleton of Taylors, SC ; Sabrina Viruet of Woodbridge, VA and Amy Ziemer of Gilbert, WI who won copies of the DVD.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving five lucky readers a copy of THE PERFECT MATCH on DVD, just releasd by Codeblack/Lionsgate. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “PERFECT MATCH” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrence J and Pop Icon Cassie Ventura Get in the Game in this Romantic Comedy on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand July 19 from Lionsgate
- “Making The Perfect Match” Featurette
- “What’s Love Without Comedy” Featurette
- “Nobody’s Perfect” Featurette
- Chillin’ with the Perfect Cast - Cast & Director Commentary
Filmmakers Ryan Carmichael (But Not For Me) and Ralph Celestin (Boston2Philly) are our guests on today’s Reelblack Radio.
Watch the award-winning independent film BUT NOT FOR ME exclusively on www.FlixPremiere.com during this special one-night-only Online Red Carpet Premiere event Friday, July 15, 7pm-12am (start the movie anytime during that window).
Direct link to the Red Carpet: https://flixpremiere.com/red-carpet
After premiering at the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival, BUT NOT FOR ME has connected with audiences at festivals across the country, including the Virginia Film Festival and the Kansas City Film Festival, and has brought home awards for Best Score, Best Editing, and Audience Favorite. Now’s your chance to experience this remarkable gem on a screen of your choice.
In the noise of the city, find your soul in the beat.
It is with GREAT PLEASURE we inform you that the 90 Minute, Coming of Age Drama Boston2Philly, shot in over 30 locations throughout the great City of Philadelphia, involving over 300+ actors based out of the Philadelphia, New Jersey and NYC area, is finally ready for release!
The Theatrical World Premiere at the Ritz V Theater will be the first screening of the film just two days before the Private screening of Boston2Philly occurs organized by The Black Film Committee of Philadelphia.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of the 1994 cult classic, SUTURE on Blu-Ray/DVD, courtesy of Arrow Film/ MVD Entertainment Group. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “SUTURE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to email@example.com
Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts - by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee - and a truly unique piece of cinema.
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Reelblack and PEC celebrate with a special tribute to Aretha Franklin. ARETHA: THE QUEEN OF SOUL (1988/ 1 hour) is an American Masters documentary that covers her career up until she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ARETHA: LIVE IN PARIS ‘71 is a 20 minute concert film originally shown on French TV.
Friday July 8 at The United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).
Tune in to 900amwurd Friday at 11:00am for Reelblack Radio. Stephanie Renée and I will talk with artist MICHAEL ANGELO WALLACE and actor NAKIA DILLARD about their new film, SLEEP STUDY, which screens Saturday at the Clef Club. We will also speak with THE FITS filmmaker, ANNA ROSE HOLDER about her new film, which opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse. Listen live at www.900amwurd.com
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Since its important to support indie films in their opening weekend, lets get to gether this Sunday to check out the Sundance hit, THE FITS, this Sunday afternoon 1:25pm at thRitz at the Bourse, 4th and Ranstead (bet Market and Chestnut). Event is Dutch Treat. Movie tix are $7.75.
LISTEN TO REELBLACK RADIO FRIDAY AT 11:30am. We will talk with the films Writer/Producer/Director ANNA ROSE HOLMER. Listen Live at www.900amwurd.com
I’ve seen this film and it is one of the most unique pieces of pure cinema I’ve seen in a long time. The young actors are fantastic. This is definitely worth your time and will stay with you for a while.
Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother, and instead eagerly absorbs the dance routines and masters drills from a distance, and even pierces her own ears in an effort to fit in. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes more complicated. Gorgeously shot and with a mesmerizing score, THE FITS is a transformative experience and a marvelous portrait of adolescence.