MIKE D. AT KEYSTONE COMIC CON 9/15 | Philadelphia Convention Center

Reelblack founder MIKE D. will be featured on the AFRO PUNKS AND BLERDS Panel moderated by comic book author and filmmaker DAVID WALKER at Their Weekend’s Keystone Comic Convention.
The panel will take place this Saturday 9/15 at The Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 113A from 4:15-5:15pm
Full info on tix at https://www.keystonecomiccon.com

BRUCE!!! - ABFF Winner Kicks of Reelblack Season 16 10/12/18

On Friday October 12 at 7:30pm Reelblack kicks of its 16th Season with the Philadelphia Premiere of BRUCE!!! (2017), written, directed and starring Eden Marryshow, who will be onhand for a post-film Q&A. BRUCE’!! hs won top awards at The American Black Film Festival and Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. It’s a coming of age story about a man that’s probably too old to come of age!

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Director at the American Black Film Festival, this DIY comedy from Brooklyn-bred writer-director-star Eden Marryshow centers on Bruce—a human leech with no job, no ambition, and a less-than-stellar track record with women. That all changes when he meets Keira (Chester), falls hopelessly in love, and is finally forced to grow up…in his 30s. Drawing inspiration from John Hughes’ 80s classics, Marryshow fashions a brash, sharply written portrait of a loser turning his life around.

at The Bank 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 I Pay-What You-Wish

WILMINGTON ON FIRE 10/5 at AAMP - Filmmaker In Person

On Friday, October 5, the African American Museum in Philadelphia partners with Reelblack to host a special screening of filmmaker Christopher Everett’s poignant documentary Wilmington on Fire. Rosewood has long been infamous, but Wilmington came first and was even more devastating in its effects. In 1898, Wilmington was North Carolina’s largest city, with a majority black population, a thriving black middle class, and a biracial Republican-Populist fusion government. On November 10, an armed mob of Democrat -backed white supremacists opened fire on African American neighborhoods, slaughtering hundreds and driving thousands out of the city for good. (Filmmaker In Person) at The African American Museum in Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA 19106 $8 in Advance/ $12 at the door


Friday September 14 at 7:3opm A Tribute To Aretha Franklin To mark the passing of one of the greatest voices in the history of recorded music, Reelblack will screen two films starring Aretha Franklin from 1968–Aretha’s breakout year. One, a seldom-seen documentary on the Queen of Soul and the other a live concert that was originally televised in Europe and has yet to see a stateside release. Come celebrate and sing along with us.

at The Bank 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104 I Pay-What You-Wish


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a copy of  PERSONAL PROBLEMS on DVD, courtesy of our friends at Kino/Lorber

If you are in Philadelphia, the film screens Friday August 17 at the Lightbox Film Center in West Philadelphia. Details at IHousephilly.org

The film may be purchased online through Amazon or directly through Kino Lorber https://www.kinolorber.com/product/personal-problems-dvd

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE ”ALL EYEZ” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced 9/1. Good luck!

This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby’s The Landlord. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades!

New HD restoration, reconstructed from the original 3/4” U-matic camera tapes, with remastered audio | Previously unseen preliminary version, directed by Bill Gunn in 1979 (39 Min.) | Deleted and extended scenes | Original six-part radio drama (1977) | Interviews with creators Ishmael Reed, Steve Cannon, and actor Sam Waymon | “Improvisation Jamming,” an essay by Nicholas Forster on the production and release of the film | Q&A footage from the restoration premiere (2018) | Theatrical trailer


BlackStar is a gathering of filmmakers, supporters and enthusiasts who will attend screenings and participate in panels, workshops, and conversations to expand the vision and understanding of the global Black experience and closely related communities of color.

BlackStar will expose over 4,000 people to independent films by and about people of African descent and indigenous communities from across the world. The festival amplifies the often-unheard voices of independent artists who through high quality, genre-defying film are facilitating an exchange of ideas and stories.

This year the Festival will take place August 2-5, 2018 in Philadelphia at Lightbox Film Center, Institute of Contemporary Art, Pearlstein Gallery, and World Café Live. Reelblack is proud to be a Community Partner for seven consecutive years.

Over the four days of the festival, we will host approximately 80 films from 4 continents, panel discussions, meetups and workshops with fellow esteemed artists and cultural workers, a youth program, and a closing awards ceremony.

Overall, the festival aims to provide a 360° view about art and its place in our daily lives, and celebrate the varied landscape of Black life and its many manifestations—be they political, social, or ancestral.


THE RODNEES: WE MOD LIKE DAT (2005) at The Bank 7/13

On Friday July 13 at 7:30pm, Reelblack hosts a rare public screening of Bronx arrest/filmmaker LINDLEY FARLEY’S musical satire on cultural appropriation.
Four African-American lads from Brooklyn can’t cut it in hip-hop, discover The Beatles, and become modern-day British Invasion-style singers
Filmmaker Lindley Farley in attendance in conversation with cinematographer Mike D.
Friday July 13 at 7:30pm The Bank 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Doors: 7pm Pay-What-You-Wish (includes refreshments).


The critically acclaimed film, The Gospel According to Andre opens this Friday at The Ritz Bourse 4th and Ranstead. Reelblack is giving away 2 passes to see it during its weekday run of engagement.
Two ways to win:
1) Tune in to this Friday’s live broadcast of Reelblack Radio on 96.1 FM/900AM WURD. Filmmaker Kate Novack will be calling in at 12:05pm ET. In the second half of the show, we will give away a pass for two to see the movie at any Monday-Friday screening at the Ritz.
Listen live online at 900amwurd.com
2) Send an email with your full name and mailing address to reelblackinc@aol.com one winner will be chosen at random on Friday.
Good luck!
André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.
Novack’s film draws fascinating, heretofore unexplored connections, between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.
Produced by the team who brought viewers The First Monday in May and Page One: Inside The New York Times and featuring commentary from fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, The Gospel According to André is an indispensable addition to the growing canon of fashion documentary.
Opens: Friday June 8, Ritz at the Bourse 400 Ranstead Street
Running time: 94 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Official Website: https://www.thegospel accordingtoandre.com/

Prince 60 - A Reelblack Birthday Celebration (6/8) at The Bank

Friday June 8, 7:30pm
Pay-What-You-Wish ($7.00 suggested)
The Bank • 3750 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia

Its hard to believe, but Prince Rogers Nelson would have turned 60 years old on June 7. On Friday June 8, Reelblack will host a replay of the 2 hour tribute we put together in honor of his transition in 2016. night of rare documentary and video performances of PRINCE ROGERS NELSON. We will screen a seldom seen British documentary showing highlights of his career, then round out the night with over an hour of his best performances Compiled by Reelblack founder Mike D, the clips will span his entire career, from his earliest TV appearances, rare bootlegs, interviews and classic scenes from his films. Come celebrate and sing along with us.

Bring The Beat Back / A Salute To Lady B 6/15 at AAMP

Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
$7 Advance | $10 Door | Free to Members
T?he African American Museum in Philadelphia , 701 Arch Street

In celebration of Black Music Month, Reelblack teams with the African American Museum in Philadelphia to premiere two film projects centered on Philly hip-hop, both featuring footage that has largely gone unseen, until now. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Philly rap pioneers like Lady B, MC Breeze, and Funk Wizard Snow alongside Bring The Beat Backfilmmakers Mike D. and Tito Irizarry.

A SALUTE TO LADY B. (2011/ 18 minutes/ dir. Mike D.) is a short documentary created for Lady B.’s 30th Anniversary in radio, but was never screened because of rain. In addition to hosting Street Beat, Philly’s longest-running hip hop radio show, she was the very first female MC to make a record. Featuring interviews with Russell Simmons, Jill Scott, “Fly Ty” Williams, E-Vette Money, World B. Free, Will Smith and more.

BRING THE BEAT BACK: A RECONSTRUCTION (2018/ 40 minutes. / dir. Mike D./ camera Tito Irizarry) While working as a video editor at KYW-TV in 2001, filmmaker Mike D. conceived the idea of making a film about the history of Old School Philly Rap. Working with cameraperson/ producer Tito Irizarry, research was done and a trailer was cut. A first chapter, PHILLY BOY: A MOVIE ABOUT MC BREEZE (AKA JOEY B. ELLIS) was completed, however money could not be raised to complete subsequent episodes. In 2018, Mike decided to go back through the original footage and create a reconstruction of the story. While by no means definitive, Bring The Beat Back tells the story of the birth of Hip Hop in the City of Brotherly Love, as told by some of its pioneers. Features exclusive interviews and performances with Lady B, MC Breeze, Schooly D, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chuck Chillout, EST and Larry Larr, DJ Cash Money, E-Vette Money, Lawrence Goodman, Chuck D, Baby DST, and Funk Wizard Snow.

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