Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson - Let’s Be Cops on Reelblack TV

RBTV’s Mike D. spent a few moments with DAMON WAYANS, JR. and JAKE JOHNSON, stars of the new comedy LET’S BE COPS.  In this exclusive clip we ask both actors what decisions led them to show business, the importance of web comedy and what was the most fun part about shooting their new comedy, which hits theaters August 13.  Camera Darrell Horne and Shelbie Brown.  Edit: Mike D.  www.letsbecops.com

Readings at the X

READINGS AT THE X
Every Tuesday at 7pm from July 8th to August 26th at Malcolm X Park, on Pine Street between 51st and 52nd streets

July 8th:  GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BOY by Ted Lange.  This Philadelphia premiere reading is the story of George Washington’s slave Billy who, after helping secure American independence from England, seeks his own freedom from America’s first president.

July 15th: UNITY VALLEY by Rhone Fraser. Set in 1799, Richard Allen’s church hosts slaves from Jamaica transported by David Barclay seeking to emancipate them. Tensions flare when different ideas on what emancipation means surface. Featuring ARNOLD KENDALL as David Barclay, DAMIEN WALLACE as Richard Allen, CARLENE TAYLOR as Mintas, TIFFANY BARRETT as Amelia, and introducing SHAYNE POWELL as Prince.

July 22nd:  THE JOURNALS OF OSBORNE P. ANDERSON by Ted Lange. This world premiere reading is the story of John Brown through the journals of his revolutionary collaborator, Osborne Anderson, the lone survivor of the raid on Harper’s Ferry, who fought in the Union Army and lived long enough to write about it. Featuring NORMAN MARSHALL as John Brown and BRIAN ANTHONY WILSON as Osborne.

July 29th:  VOICES FROM HARPER’S FERRY by Dominic Taylor. This play is set primarily in the Kennedy farmhouse where the historic 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry took place. These collaborators debate and decide the best strategy for abolition. Based on the Narrative of Osborne P. Anderson. Featuring WALTER DESHIELDS as Osborne.

August 5th:  LADY PATRIOT by Ted Lange.  This reading is the Philadelphia premiere of a play that received critical acclaim at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival.  Set during the Civil War, the inner sanctum of Confederate President Jefferson Davis has been breached.  Information is leaking to the enemy…who is the spy? No one is privy to this information except Jefferson’s closest advisors and servants.  Featuring ZUHAIRAH MCGILL as Mary Bowser.

August 12th. NEGRO PRINCIPLES - ACT 1 by Rhone Fraser.  Harlem 1928. A. Philip Randolph is editor of the radical paper The Messenger funded by his his wife Lucille Green Randolph’s beauty and barber shop.  What happens when keeping the shop alive means defying marriage vows? Featuring CAROLINE CLAY as Lucille and BIANCA LAVERNE JONES as Delia.

August 19th. NEGRO PRINCIPLES - ACTS 2 & 3 by Rhone Fraser.  Harlem 1928, four days later. Lucille is pressured by her patrons to ask her husband to tone down the militancy of his paper that she funds. At a time when the organization he leads, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, is hungry for a workers strike, how does he respond?

August 26th.  STORIES FROM THE SISTER CIRCLE by Momma Sandi. Saundra Yvette narrates what she overhears at her mother’s kitchen table conversations from 1967 to 1971.  She discovers the bond her mother shared with her three sisters, Ethel Mae, Cleola, and Odessa, and learns why alcohol addiction becomes a viable option for her mother.

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Win Tickets To MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) at UA King Of Prussia This Wednesday 7/23

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is giving 5 lucky readers tickets to see MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY) at UA King of Prussia this Wednesday Night at 7:30pm

Visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/monty-python-live-mostly/more-info/details to purchase advance tickets to the event!

ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND PHONE NUMBER IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and the PHRASE “MONTY PYTHON” IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO contests@reelblack.com Winners will be selected at random and notified on Tuesday afternoon.

Fathom Events and Picturehouse Entertainment invite you to experience comedy legends Monty Python’s long-awaited reunion when Monty Python Live (mostly) is broadcast LIVE to cinemas nationwide on Sunday, July 20 with rebroadcasts on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24.


For the first time in over three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will be performing live on stage together at London’s famed 02 Arena. At a combined age of just 361, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Python-esque twists.

ABOUT MONTY PYTHON:

Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world’s finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionized comedy. Monty Python first hit our screens with the Flying Circus, which saw 45 episodes broadcast over four BBC series between 1969 and 1974. The Pythons were an instant success and became the face of British comedy.  They went on to achieve overwhelming international acclaim with the huge success of films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975, Life of Brian in 1979 and their final film, The Meaning of Life in 1983.

Rated R.  Show runs approximately 3 hours.

Good luck!

Win Tickets To See BOYHOOD (In Theaters July 25)

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is giving 10 lucky readers tickets to see BOYHOOD, a groundbreaking story filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast! BOYHOOD opens in Philadelphia at the Ritz Five July 25th.

The admit two complimentary passes are good for any Monday-Thursday show beginning July 28.

ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and the PHRASE “BOYHOOD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO contests@reelblack.com Winners will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday morning.

SYNOPSIS:      Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

Rated R.

PAUL MOONEY on DELAWARE AVENUE This Sunday

Another living legend, MR. PAUL MOONEY will perform this Sunday at HIBACHI HIBACHI GRILL 325 N. DELAWARE AVE(BACK OF DAVE & BUSTER’S) COMEDY ON THE WATERFRONT(ONCE A MONTH) COME ENJOY A NIGHT OF LAUGHTER A GREAT TIME *SUNDAY JULY 20TH TWO BIG SHOWS DRS OPEN 6:30PM & 9PM *TICKETS G.A $30 V.I.P SEATING $40 MORE AT THE DOOR *STARRING THE LEGEND PAUL MOONEY FEATURING COMEDIAN SKEET HOSTED BY MALCOLM HILL AND A HOST OF CELEBRITY SPECIAL GUEST. FOR MORE INFO 267.670.5443 CLICK HERE for tickets.

Dick Gregory This Weekend In New Hope

Rare Area Appearance! An Evening With The Legendary
Dick Gregory For The People …
Comedian, Activist, Philosopher, Anti-Drug Crusader, Author, Actor, Recording Artist.

TWO SHOWS! Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20 at 7pm.  The RRAZZ ROOM The Ramada, 6426 Lower York Road New Hope, PA, 18938

Tickets $35 plus 2 drinks.  http://www.therrazzroom.com/

Classes at Scribe

MAKING THE CONCERT FILM

Saturdays July 26; August 2, 16

Sat 1-3PM |Wednesday, Aug 13 6-11PM (Shoot Day) |4 Sessions| Fee: $150

Instructor: Michael Dennis

Reelblack’s Mike D will teach you the basics of shooting and editing live performances.

For more info, CLICK HERE

MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION
Starts Wednesday, July 30
Wed 1-5PM | 6 Sessions | Fee: $225

Instructors: Bryan Green and Sulayman Tahir

Collaborate with Philadelphia emcees, musicians, indie rock bands and hip-hop instrumentalists and learn the basic elements of shooting and editing an entirely unique and creative music video!
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INTRO TO FINAL CUT PRO X

Starts Monday, July 21
Mon 7-9PM | 4 Sessions | Fee: $90

Instructor: Tayarisha Poe

Learn FCP X’s workflow and how to make effective use of FCP X’ most powerful features  LEARN MORE

8 WEEK HD VIDEO PRODUCTION
Starts Tuesday, July 29
Tues 7-9PM, Sat 10:30-12:30PM | 16 Sessions | Fee: $250

Instructor: Paul Hinson

Covers all major aspects of scripting and shooting a short non-fiction film in HD video. Over 8 weeks, students will refine their idea and shoot it using Scribe’s Sony NEX-EA50UH. Limited to 6 participants
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FREE SCREENING - DEATH METAL ANGOLA 7/17 in CLARK PARK

BlackStar Film Festival in conjunction with The Awesome Fest co-present the Philadelphia Premiere of DEATH METAL ANGOLA, directed by Jeremy Xido, running time 83 mins.

Thursday 7/17 at 9pm  Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore in West Philly.

Synopsis: War ravaged and potentially the richest country in Africa, Angola is the epicenter of the African hardcore music scene. Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breathe rock and roll. They run and live in the Okutiuka orphanage in Huambo, Angola and have a dream. They are going to mount the first ever national rock concert, bringing together for the first time the best and the brightest in Angolan hardcore death metal, thrash metal and melodic death-core.
Link to Trailer: (http://youtu.be/ z86Re_LsJr0 )

Info on Awesome Fest: This years’ theme is, “The Soundtrack of Awesome” a celebration of movies that rock. For the 5th straight summer, all outdoor screenings and concerts are completely free to attend.
Link to Awesome Fest: (http://theawesomefest.com/)

Area Filmmakers In The Spotlight at PHILAFILM (Now Playing)

Tango Macbeth

Tango Macbeth

The work of several Philly area filmmakers is featured in this year’s PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, which kicked off Wednesday night with a celebration of work by the late Ernest “Tron” Anderson.

Thursday night Jersey’s own BELINDA WILSON will showcase her latest feature, WOMEN’S PLAYGROUND at 7:20pm at the African-American Museum.

Friday night things move over to the Clef Club, where TONY LANKFORD will showcase an episode of his popular series REVELATION BLUE at 5:00pm.  At 7:35pm R. STEVEN BERRY will show his comprehensive documentary JAZZ IN PHILADELPHIA.

Saturday things move back to the Museum, where NADINE PATTERSON will screen TANGO MACBETH at 3:00pm then participate on a panel on Film Financing and Distribution at 4:15pm
Admission is $8.00 Adults/ $4.00 Students and Seniors  For a complete list of films and events, visit
http://www.philafilm.org/2014-festival/

Meet The Makers of AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD Tonight In Cherry Hill

An American In Hollywood - Official Trailer
An American In Hollywood - Official Trailer

2013 Urbanworld Film Festival and 2014 New Voices In Black Cinema Selection AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD opens this Friday through AMC INDEPENDENT.

Locally, it will play fve times a day at least through Thursday at AMC Cherry Hill and AMC Neshaminy.  CLICK HERE FOR SHOWTIMES.

New York-born writer-director Josiah leads his childhood friends-two aspiring actors, a struggling assistant director, and an aspiring stand-up comedian-to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. But as Josiah develops a relationship with budding actress Ayoka and each of his friends confronts the challenges of cracking Hollywood’s glass ceiling, they soon begin to grasp the system they are up against and the price of being heroes in their new world.

Director Sai Varadan and members of the cast will be in attendance at the Saturday 8:45pm screening in Cherry Hill.  Introduce yourself and say you’re down with Reelblack and you’ll be invited to a special after-party (location TBD).

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