Movie Meetup For SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU This Sunday at Studio Movie Grill

Lets support the opening weekend of SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (the Michelle and Barack first date move) by pledging to attend the 12:45pm screening this Sunday 8/28 at Studio Movie Grill (53 S. 69th Street in Upper Darby, PA).  Event is dutch treat.  Tix are $9.00 (reserved seats/without food) and can be purchased at box-office or in advance at  https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Locations/Pennsylvania/Upper-Darby/2016/8/28

Let’s meet in lobby at 12:25pm and head into theater around 12:35pm.

Be sure to check out dis out ticket link Carolee shared. Up to half off a mission. No reason not to take advantage https://www.groupon.com/deals/studio-movie-grill-107?bypass=true

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to a sweet first kiss outside of a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream parlor. www.southsidewithyou.com

Movie Meetup - Morris From America | This Sunday at PFS Roxy

Lets support the opening weekend of the Sundance e Film Festival Hit, MORRIS FROM AMERICA this Sunday at 4:45pm at the PFS Roxy Theater 2023 Sansom Street.  Event is Dutch Treat.  Tix are $11.00 and may be purchased at the box office or in advance at https://filmadelphia.secure.force.com/
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Depending on turnout, we may go to Shake Shack or someplace close for giveaways and discussion.
MORRIS FROM AMERICA
CHAD HARTIGAN | USA | 2016 | 91 MIN | R
A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, Morris from Americacenters on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas, in an incredible breakout performance) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water-a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.
Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chad Hartigan (This is Martin Bonner), Morris from America won two prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and a Special Jury Award for Robinson, who has been receiving tremendous praise for his touching and nuanced performance in his first dramatic role. Poignant and funny in equal measure, Morris from America is a delightfully original take on growing up, following your dreams, and finding your voice.
Cast: Craig Robinson, Markees Christmas

PFS Presents - MOVIES ON THE BLOCK

Philadelphia Film Society, will be launching an incredible free seasonal community screening program, Movies on the Block. This will be the second year of Movies on the Block in Philadelphia, an initiative designed to support established community organizations in neighborhoods that have little access to film by providing film programming and facilitating engagement.
For more details visit http://filmadelphia.org/mob/
PFS will partner with the Philadelphia community to choose weekly lead partners through a public application process coupled with demographic and cultural asset information. To ensure diverse participation and successful program delivery, each community partner will be deeply involved in the Philadelphia community.  All partners will work with PFS to develop Movies on the Block events in collaboration with other community leaders, stakeholders and organizations.
Each Movies on the Block event will feature a screening of an outstanding film paired with interactive community partner activities, performances, educational demonstrations, giveaways and more. In a new, cross-event partnership for this year, PFS will work with Yoga on the Banks to provide free “Yoga on the Block” sessions before each film, in order to promote an accessible, healthy lifestyle. All events are free and open to the public.
Fri 8/26
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join the Philadelphia Film Society, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Juniata Park & Ferko Playground, and Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia - Juniata Park in celebrating the power of film and the Juniata Park/Feltonville community at this FREE family-friendly screening and event!
This event and screening of Academy Award-nominated BOY AND THE WORLD is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome! The event will take place rain or shine (indoor space available) and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seats and snacks… as well as the whole family!
Before the film screening, enjoy FREE airbrush tattoos from SkinDeep, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, exercise demonstrations with Fitness 215, snacks, giveaways, and more!
VENT DETAILS
LOCATION: Juniata Park/Ferko Playground  1101 E Cayuga St. Philadelphia, PA 19124
RAIN SITE: Juniata Boys and Girls Club  1001 E Cayuga St. Philadelphia, PA 19124
6:30 PM: Event Activities Begin
7:40 PM: Estimated Film Start Time
Fri 9/9
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join the Philadelphia Film Society, Aquinas Center, and Newbold Neighbors Association in celebrating the power of film and the Newbold/Point Breeze community at this FREE family-friendly screening and event!
This event and screening of film festival favorite MOON MAN is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome! The event will take place rain or shine (indoor space available) and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seats and snacks… as well as the whole family!
Before the screening, enjoy FREE interactive arts workshops with ColorWheels, multicultural community garden tours with Youth Entrepreneurship Project, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, face painting, performances from local musicians, snacks, giveaways, and more!
LOCATION: Aquinas Center 1700 Fernon Street
RAIN SITE: St. Thomas Aquinas Cafeteria 18th and Morris St.
5:30 PM: Event Activities Begin
7:18 PM: Estimated Film Start Time
Sat 9/17
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join the Philadelphia Film Society, Neighborhood Bike Works, People’s Emergency Center, Belmont Charter School, and Smart Garden in celebrating the power of film and the Belmont/Mantua community at this FREE family-friendly screening and event!
This event and screening of film festival favorite SHAKE THE DUST is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome! The event will take place rain or shine (indoor space available) and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seats and snacks… as well as the whole family!
Before the screening, enjoy FREE garden tours with Smart Garden, African dance classes with performer and educator Cachet Ivey, live drumming from Emi Ife Performing Arts Collective, interactive experiences with The Academy of Natural Sciences, community wellness workshops with Yoga on the Banks, a visit from the Free Library of Philadelphia Book Bike, entertainment from emcee Brother IB, information from Mighty Writers, Lil Filmmakers, Earthship Philly, Community Education Center, The Franklin Institute, the The Nehemiah Davis Foundation and Eat Right Now, a basketball tournament, snacks, giveaways, and more!
LOCATION: Belmont Charter School 4030 Brown Street
RAIN SITE: Belmont Charter School Cafeteria
5:30 PM: Event Activities Begin
7:05 PM: Estimated Film Start Time

Interview With The Makers of SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU


RBTV’s MIKE D. Got a chance to spend a few minutes with actors TIKA SUMPTER and PARKER SAWYERS as well as writer/director RICHARD TANNE to discuss their Sundance film Festival hit SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU, which comes to theaters nationwide on August 26.

Special Thanks: PR Collective. Camera: SABATAJ Edit: Mike D.

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside With You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to a sweet first kiss outside of a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream parlor. www.southsidewithyou.com

Win A Copy of ROOTS (2016) on DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving five lucky readers a copy of ROOTS (2016) on DVD, which releases 8/22 via Lionsgate.  Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “ROOTS” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com
Record Breaking Miniseries Starring a Critically Acclaimed Ensemble Cast Arrives
on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 23 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (June 13, 2016) - A powerful reimagining of the essential American story, HISTORY’s Roots arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) August 23 from Lionsgate. Debuting on Memorial Day, the premiere episode of Rootswas watched by 14.4 million total linear viewers over the course of all premiere week telecasts. Based on the Alex Haley novel and inspired by the wildly successful 1977 series about one family’s struggle to resist the institution of American slavery, Roots is the can’t-miss television event of the year.
“Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America,” said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer and the original Kunta Kinte. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever.”
The 4-part miniseries is brought to life by an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Anna Paquin (TV’s “True Blood”), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (TV’s “The Tudors”), Mekhi Phifer (The Divergent Series), Tip “T.I.” Harris (Ant-Man), Matthew Goode (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), alongside breakouts Regé-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby.
The classic American saga is reimagined for a whole new generation. This epic 4-part miniseries tells the story of Kunta Kinte, a West African youth sold into slavery. This time, we follow Kunta and his family through the generations, up to the Civil War.
The home entertainment release of Roots includes an in-depth behind-the-scene featurette and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $26.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
·      ”Roots: A History Revealed” documentary

HIDDEN FIGURES TRAILER DROPS


During this year’s Olympics, 20th Century Fox debuted the FIRST trailer for their upcoming film, HIDDEN FIGURES, based on the incredible untold true story of the brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe. In theaters this January.

WIN MEET THE BLACKS ON DVD (In Stores August 2)

Congrats to Nurel Storey of Glenolden, PA who won the OJ 30 for 30 DVD.

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving five lucky readers a copy of MEET THE BLACKS on DVD, which comes out Aug 2 from Codeblack/Lionsgate. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “MEET THE BLACKS” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Beverly Hills isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be in Meet the Blacks, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand August 2 from Lionsgate and Codeblack Films. When Carl Black comes into some unexpected money, he decides to give up his hustling lifestyle, take his family and leave Chicago behind, but…they realize they picked the worst time to move.The laugh-out-loud cast includes Mike Epps (The Hangover), Gary Owen (Ride Along), Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club), Bresha Webb (Ride Along 2), Lil Duval (”BET’s “ComicView”), Andrew Bachelor (Fifty Shades of Black,), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), with George Lopez (TV’s “George Lopez”) and Mike Tyson (The Hangover).
In a send-up of the hit franchise The Purge, Carl Black moves his family to Beverly Hills in hope of a better life, but their arrival coincides with the city’s annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.
The home entertainment release of Meet the Blacks includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, the “Hit the Gas” music video, “Don’t Hate Wiring” parody commercial, and outtakes. Meet the Blacks will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
  • “The Making of Meet the Blacks” Featurette
  • “Hit the Gas” Music Video
  • Behind the Scenes of “Hit the Gas”
  • “Don’t Hate Wiring!” Parody Commercial
  • Outtakes


Relblack Recommends - The BlackStar Film Festival

Philly’s own BlackStar Film Festival has announced its full slate of films and events for the 2016 edition. Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the pre-eminent showcase of independent black cinema takes place Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7.
The 2016 program includes 64 films from five continents, representing this year’s theme of “Migration,” which examines the pathways of the African diaspora (and others) through the lens of both emerging and established cineastes.

Highlights include:

- The Richard Nichols Luminary award presented to Julie Dash (”Daughters of the Dust”).
- Conversation with filmmakers Zeinabu Irene Davis and Christine Turner.
- Two feature films, “Dreamstates” and “9 Lives,” that were shot entirely on iPhones.
- “Shooting a Feature on an iPhone” - A Conversation
- ”Tell Me Sweet Something,” the opening night feature by Akin Omotoso, a romantic comedy set in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- ”Univitellin,” a new short narrative film by Terence Nance, about a modern day Romeo and Juliet who meet on a city bus.
- ”Nana Dijo,” a short documentary by Bocafloja and Cambiowashere, about the African diaspora in the Americas and the complexity of black identity across borders.
- An awards ceremony and gala at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts featuring performances by Oshun, Laurin Talese, Blitz the Ambassador and Saul Williams.
- Tahir Jetter’s Sundance 2016 selection “How To Tell You’re a Douchebag.”
The program also includes special events like the Youth Screening, artist talks and an opening reception at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown. Filmmakers, critics and film-loving audiences will gather in Philadelphia for the influential event Ebony magazine has named “the black Sundance.” All events take place at International House Philadelphia, unless otherwise specified.
Passes and tickets are now on sale for the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival. For more information on the festival and its programs, visit http://blackstarfest.org.

(via Shadow And Act)

Reelblack Recommends - Hailie Gerima at BlackStar Symposium

BlackStar and ICA co-present a special public conversation between filmmaker/scholar John L. Jackson, Jr. and legendary director and professor Haile Gerima discussing politics, love, black aesthetics, philosophy, self-definition, and depictions of the black body in cinema.
When
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT) -
Where
International House - 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP Now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-on-black-aesthetics-tickets-26735247846

Win A Copy of O.J. Made In America on Blu/Ray DVD

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 reelblackinc@aol.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.

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