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.
We remember the life of Muhammad Ali with a rare public screening of William Greaves classic documentary, ALI THE FIGHTER (1971). Screening will take place Friday June 10, 2016 7pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. Suggested donation $5.00
Director William Greaves’s compelling documentary about boxer Muhammad Ali chronicles the champ’s 1971 bout against Joe Frazier. Greaves goes behind the scenes of the event, capturing footage of the training, press conferences, negotiations and celebrity attendees as well as graphic film of the “fight of the century.” Part biography, the movie also details Ali’s earlier days in Louisville, Ky., when he was known as Cassius Clay.
Let’s support the release of the new documentary, PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW this Monday 7:30pm at the Ritz at the Bourse (4th Street between Market and Chestnut). I’ve seen this film. It is definitely a must see for those who believe dreams do come true.
If COSI is open, we can go there after for coffee and discussion.
tix available in advance at https://www.landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia/ritz-at-the-bourse/film-info/presenting-princess-shaw
PRINCESS SHAW WILL BE OUR GUEST ON REELBLACK RADIO THIS FRIDAY JUNE 3 at 11:30AM. LISTEN LIVE AT www.900amwurd.com
In every corner of the world, random people post personal video clips online. Most clips flounder in a sad limbo of indifference and anonymity—unless your YouTube handle happens to be Princess Shaw. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw, belting out soulful originals and posting a cappella clips on YouTube, usually reaching just a handful of viewers. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel, better known as Kutiman, is an Israeli musician living on a kibbutz outside Tel Aviv who mashes up YouTube videos from all over the world to create new musical pieces. Princess Shaw has no idea that he has found hers. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bona fide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.
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The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association is proud to present a night of films by Eli and Lu Bevins. Wednesday June 22, 2016 7:30pm at L’Etage, 6th and Bainbridge (above Beaumonde Creperie). Admission is FREE. Filmmakers will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.
When Karma Calls - Following the mysterious outbreak of parallel punishments, a blogger searches for answers to a supernatural force driven by karma. (51 min)
My Dear Arthur - A mother suspected of witch craft takes her own life and her son’s to avoid death by the townspeople. She puts their spirits in a painting in hopes to live again through the souls of a couple who purchases the painting 400 years later. (9 min)
The Exit - A woman contemplates in her diary different scenarios to exit the abusive relationship she’s in but her reality is far different from her thoughts. (4 min)
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving FIVE lucky readers a passes to see PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Presenting Princess Shaw opens in NYC, LA and on Amazon and iTunes this Friday. It comes Friday June 3 to Philadelphia at the Ritz at the Bourse. Passes are good for any screening 6/6-6/9. Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “PRINCESS SHAW” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to email@example.com
Winners will be selected at random and passes mailed on June1. Good luck!
The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur Youtube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Kutiman “transforms sampling into a multimedia art”, whether at his home on a kibbutz in Israel or at a live performance at the Guggenheim in New York. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bona fide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.
Reelblack recommends you check out comedian ARNEZ J May 26-29 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street in Philadelphia.
To those in the know Arnez J. is quickly emerging as one of the hottest, most talked about comedic artists in the game. His raw energy, talent and comedic skill quickly landed Arnez the coveted hosting slot on BET’s longest-running comedy series “ComicView” for two seasons joining the ranks of hosts such as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. His hilarious new comedy special “Racially Motivated” is now available on Netflix.
This show is 21+ (18+ with parent). Tickets will be available for pick up at the box office prior to the show (they are generally available 1.5-2 hrs prior to showtime.) Get Tix HERE