The reviews are in for VANISHING PEARLS:

“ILLUMINATING.” -The New York Times

“ENLIGHTENING.” - The Los Angeles Times



If you’re in NY and LA, you have until Thursday to see VANISHING PEARLS at Imagenation Rawspace and Downtown Independent, respectively.


04/25:  Cinema Detroit  in Detroit, MI

04/26 Bronzelens Film Festival at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA

04/26 Pure Artistry Literary Café in Montgomery, AL

04/26 & 04/27 ArtEmerson in Boston, MA

04/27 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle

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Coming to Philly May 21.

VANISHING PEARLS Coming to Philly on May 21

ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), today announced the acquisition of Slamdance 2014 Official Documentary Selection, VANISHING PEARLS. Marking the directorial debut of Louisiana native Nailah Jefferson, VANISHING PEARLS will be released on April 18, 2014 in NY and LA to coincide with the fourth anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder Ava DuVernay.

The film will have a special, one night only screening on May 21, 2014 at Philadelphia’s International House.

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. The filmmaker delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 Million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of African-American fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.

AFFRM_logo“Nailah has created a breathtaking documentary set against one of the worst environmental catastrophes in US history by highlighting the economic and cultural losses with a strikingly personal approach. We’re pleased to work with this exciting new documentarian in connecting VANISHING PEARLS with its audience,” explained ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of AFFRM.

Reelblack Presents SIDEWALK STORIES 25th Anniversary 6/25 at IHouse (Filmmaker In Person)

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film plays host to a special 25th Anniversary screening of the indie classic SIDEWALK STORIES (1989). Recently restored from the original negative, writer/director/star CHARLES LANE will be on hand for a post-film discussion.

Wednesday June 25 @7pm International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

Admission $10 Adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack and IHouse Members

On a wintry Greenwich Village street, portrait artist Charles Lane (the writer/director himself) battles a bullying, giant fellow artist, strokes attractive businesswoman Sandye Wilson’s cheek a little more than needed to get those proportions right, then gets stuck with adorable tot Nicole Alysia when her gambler dad gets knifed - all in black and white silence… and without the use of a single inter-title. An homage to Chaplin’s The Kid (and other movies) set in a then-tough Village environment (Lane squats in a wreck slated for demolition) and clearly capturing the plight of the homeless, Sidewalk Stories retains a magical sense of the fable, until a final, startling switch to… Winner of the Prix du Public at the Cannes Film Festival, Sidewalk Stories became a hit independent film around the world, but then disappeared: it’s never been on DVD or home video. Approx. 97 min. DCP, restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and released by Carlotta Films US.


The Race and Sports Lecture


A Film Screening: Little Ballers

A Film by

Crystal McCrary

Executive Produced by

Lupe Fiasco & Amar’e Stoudemire

Set against the backdrop of New York City, LITTLE BALLERS tells the story of 4 diverse eleven-year old boys and their legendary coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship.  For these young men, basketball is a passion and holds a special meaning: escaping poverty, getting an education, living the American dream and bonding with a father, but more than anything, basketball offers them hope.

LITTLE BALLERS features interviews with NBA players Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, and Tyson Chandler. Post-screening discussion with Bill Rhoden and Little Baller’s Director Crystal McCrary.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Room G60, Jon. M. Hunstman Hall

38th & Walnut Streets



Reelblack and PEC Continue its monthly screening series on Second Fridays with the Philly Premiere of Mark Harris’ BLACK COFFEE.   Friday May 9 at 7pm at 4017 Lancaster Avenue. Admission $5.00 (refreshments included).

Robert (Darrin Henson) picked the wrong time to meet his soul mate! After being fired from his own father’s company, he feels like his luck has run out - until Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis) enters into his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan’s ex-husband (Lamman Rucker) vows to get her back and Robert’s gold-digging ex-girlfriend (Erica Hubbard) returns with an agenda of her own. With the help of his cousin (Christian Keyes), Robert’s about to find out how much good can come out of a bad situation in this charming romantic comedy about finding common grounds.

Nadine Patterson Brings TANGO MACBETH to Harlem 4/23 Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Tango Macbeth Presented by Nadine Patterson
Wednesday, April 23 6:30PM - 8:13PM

at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY, 10027

$11.00 General

Shakespeare, dance and world music! A theater company rehearses Macbeth. A film crew documents their every move. The drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film. It’s unlike any version of Macbeth you have ever seen.
Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with us and experience one of the world’s greatest dramas! Since the days of Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) African Americans have been producing multi-ethnic and explosive renditions of Shakespeare’s work. TANGO MACBETH continues that tradition. Music by Lenny Seidman and choreography by Zane Booker propel audiences to see this classic tale in a new light. If you love Shakespeare, this film is for you. If you are not familiar with Shakespeare, this film is for you! Nadine Patterson’s documentary-fiction hybrid creates an earthy, gritty and at times elegant space where the story unfolds. The film features riveting performances by Brian Anthony Wilson (Detective Holley on “The Wire”) and new comer Alexandra Bailey. 

Buy tickets today & get 1 FREE, Limited offer
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Scribe Producer’s Forum 4/22 Featuring Marco Williams

Tuesday, April 22, 7:30PM
International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

On Tuesday, April 22, 5:00PM, at Scribe Video Center, Marco Williams presents a Master Class: The Documentarian as Healer

2014 Guggenheim Fellow Marco Williams’s The Undocumented (USA/Mexico, 2013, 88 min) tells the story of these migrants who died while trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life, and follows them on their long journey home, shining a light on an often-forgotten but very human side of the ongoing national conversation about immigration reform. FILMMAKER IN PERSON.

Reelblack Recommends - Korean Film Series | Wednesdays at Art Museum

Joe Kim, founder of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is curating a Korean Film Series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that runs each Wednesday in April at 6pm.  The film series features a mix of contemporary Korean films, documentaries, and classics and showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the museum’s Treasures from Korea exhibition. Films are screened in the museum’s Van Pelt Auditorium and are $8 for general audiences, $5 for museum members and FREE for students with valid ID.  (Does not include museum admission, which is Pay What You Wish on Wednesdays after 5pm).

Featuring a mix of contemporary films, documentaries, and classics, this series showcases traditional and modern Korean culture with themes explored in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910.

APRIL 2: Chi-hwa-seon (Painted Fire)
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Chi-hwa-seon is a vivid portrait of the life of one of Korea’s greatest artists, renowned painter Jang Seung-eop. Celebrated filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director prize for this film, which follows Jang’s struggles with his artistic identity during turbulent political revolutions in late-ninetenth-century Korea. The screening is followed by a conversation with Hyunsoo Woo, the Museum’s Maxine and Howard Lewis Associate Curator of Korean Art; and Eugene Y. Park, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
(Includes strong sexual content and some gore)
APRIL 9: Sunny
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Sunny is a film about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend’s dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school. Featuring a soundtrack of 80s pop hits, this heartwarming film will alternately make you laugh and cry as these long-lost friends discover they can still change one another’s lives.
Feel free to come dressed in your 80’s best!

APRIL 16: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring
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From the brash actions of youth, through the dawn of adolescence, to the fullness of adulthood, one man’s life lessons are learned as seasons pass, his emotional inner life changing with the landscape around him. Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a lushly exotic, yet universal story about the human spirit and its evolution, from innocence to love, evil to enlightenment, and ultimately to rebirth. This screening is followed by a discussion with Aaron Mannino (multimedia artist, film programmer, writer), Donald Fredericksen (professor of film and Religious and Visual Studies at Cornell) and Rev. Sanghyeon Cheon (chair of Won Buddhist Studies program at the Won Institute).
APRIL 23: Planet B-Boy
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Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee (who grew up in Philadelphia) sought to answer the question of how South Korea became the epicenter of the global phenomenon known as breakdancing, which originated in the Bronx in the 1970s. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Las Vegas, and Seoul, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of international teams of dancers who struggle to fulfill their dreams. This screening is followed by a filmmaker discussion and a b-boy demonstration.
APRIL 30: The Yellow Sea
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Desperate to pay off mounting debts, a Korean man living in China (a joseonjok) agrees to carry out an assassination in South Korea. But soon the man finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy as he begins to uncover a vicious trap of betrayal and lies. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Yellow Sea is an impressive crime thriller from director Na Hong-jin (The Chaser).

Also, please check out:
Fri, March 28, 5-9:45pm: Art After 5 K-Pop Dance Party & Fashion Show (Free after museum admission)
Student designers from the fashion department of the Art Institute of Philadelphia kick off the evening by showcasing runway looks using professional models. This evening also features a K-pop (Korean pop) performance, a mini dance class, and a dance party in the museum DJ’d by Chops (produced for Kanye West, The Lonely Island and more)!

Korean Drama Series: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm (Mar 19, 26, May 7, 14, 21)
(Free after museum admission)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) is a South Korean drama about a girl who disguises herself as a boy while attending Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s highest educational institute, where no women were allowed. Each screening features three episodes and is presented by Drama Fever, the largest online video site for the distribution of international televised content.


To get tickets visit or call 215-235-SHOW (7469)
For questions and press inquiries please contact Joe Kim.
Special thanks to everyone at the museum and in particular the education and membership departments and everyone else who made this film series possible. Thanks also to our co-promotional partners:
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Thank You For Making #PHILLYSHORTS a Success!

There isn’t enough room to thank everyone who helped make last night’s PHILLY SHORTS showcase our biggest event of the season.  Thanks to all of the filmmakers, partners and sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible.  Shout out to all the fellow filmmakers and actors who came out to show love. Thanks to the AFFRM Mavericks who were a presence. Special thanks to International House that has been our home for the past several seasons and to our core team members Cheryl, Yvonne and Carolee, who have been holding it down for a while.
A complete list of films/filmmakers and a revised list of credits can be found in ourPROGRAM BOOK, which can be viewed or downloaded online HERE.
Please support the businesses who purchased ads in the program.
Photos from the night can be viewed HERE.
And congrats to our AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER DEREK THOMPSON, whose film TALK IT OUT was voted favorite film of the night (followed by A CHILD OF GOD by Floyd Marshall and BIRTHDAY PRESENT by Cedra Walton).
Our next shows:  BLACK COFFEE May 9 at 4017 Lancaster Avenue and VANISHING PEARLS May 21 at International House.
Love, Peace and Nappiness,
Mike D.


Reelblack Recommends - Godfrey At Helium This Weekend

GODFREY (FX’S Louie) will be performing at Helium Comedy Club, 20th and Sansom, April 16-19.  If you love comedy, you have to catch his act.

As one of the most dominant forces in the comedy circuit, Godfrey has been seen on stages from New York and Los Angeles to Dubai. Along with his own Comedy Central Special, his onscreen credits which include Zoolander, “30 Rock,” and a recurring role on “Louie.”

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 tickets HERE.

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