REELBLACK PRESENTS - FREE OF EDEN 8/11 at THE BANK in W. PHILLY

Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier teams up with his daughter, Sydney Tamiia (in her starring debut) as teacher and mentor in Free of Eden (1998). The compelling story of a teen who wants to leave the Eden projects but doesn’t know how. The elder Poitier stars as a successful businessman who returns to his old neighborhood to deliver a eulogy. Struck by his words, Nicole reaches out to him for mentorship. If you enjoy movies like Finding Forrester or My Fair Lady, this movie is for you. produced for Showtime, this gem has never been released on DVD. With a very special guest joining us via Skype to share insights into the making of the film. At The Bank, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission $7 adults / $5 students/seniors/Reelblack members.

THE 6TH ANNUAL BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL - AUGUST 3-6

The leading celebration of independent black cinema returns to Philly Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6. Now celebrating its sixth anniversary, the @blackstarfest is the only event of its kind in Philadelphia—focusing on cinema of the African Diaspora and global indigenous communities—the four-day weekend festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers, patrons and enthusiasts from all over the world to come together.

This year’s festival honors filmmaker Ava DuVernay with the Richard Nichols Luminary Award at the annual awards ceremony on Saturday, August 5 at World Café Live, featuring music by Pharaohe Monch, Danni Cassette, Cakes da Killa, Jacqueline Constance and DJ Jovi Baby.

The theme of this year’s festival is Resistance, examining political and social uprisings around the world and in the U.S., from the upheaval of the 1960s to the Los Angeles riots in the 1990s to the uprising in Ferguson and the current moment of unrest.

Among the 12 feature films are the world premieres of the drama Ironwood (Dir. Shahin Izadi) and Black & Sexy’s romantic comedy Hello, Cupid (Dir. Dennis Dortch, Numa Perrier, Tina Cerin) as well as the regional premieres of the Haitian magical realist tale Ayiti Mon Amour (Dir. Guetty Felin) and the documentaries Footprints of Pan Africanism (Dir. Shirikiana Aina), Horace Tapscott Musical Griot (Dir. Barbara McCullough), Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (Dir. Stanley Nelson), Whose Streets (dir. Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis) and Wilmington 10 (Dir. Haile Gerima).

The festival will also screen more than four dozen short films in the documentary, narrative and experimental categories. Among them are Gabourey Sibide’s The Tale of Four, inspired by Nina Simone’s song “Four Women”; Terence Nance’s dystopian They Charge for the Sun; Carrie Hawke’s documentary about black queer identity black enuf*; and Shola Amoo’s Dear Mr. Shakespeare, a retelling of Othello.

Reelblack Is A Part of 11 Days of Love

Love Now Media presents 11 Days of Love Stories, a series of workshops and events throughout the city of Philadelphia from July 5th - July 15th.
REELBLACK is proud to be a community partner in this series.
On Thursday July 6, Reelblack Founder MIKE D. will screen an early short film of his that involves the theme as part of the Day 2 Short Film Showcase.
In celebration of our anniversary, Love Now Media has partnered with some of Philadlephia’s most impactful groups and organizations to produce a series of love themed events.
Love Now Media is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to tell stories through media production and communications initiatives that lean towards justice, wellness, and equity. We want the events to be accessible to all so most of the events are pay-what-you-wish. If you are excited about the events and able to pay more, please do!
Here’s the full list of events. Except, the finale event which we will announce at a press conference.

Day 1 - Love + Men, Wednesday, July 5th at 7pm
PhillyCAM located at 699 Ranstead Street
TV Broadcast with Live Studio Audience
Hosted by Gregory Corbin, this “The View” style studio television broadcast features some of Philadelphia’s most impactful men talking hot topics in love, dating, male vulnerability, marriage, and society. Interactive audience games. Come dressed for your studio audience close up. Mingle with refreshments after the show. $PayWhatYouWish https://lovenowmedia.ticketleap.com/lovemen/
Day 2 - Love + Short Films, Thursday, July 6th at 7pm
Scribe Video Center located at 4035 Walnut Street
Full Web Series Premiere of Revolutionary Love Stories and other Love Shorts
Love Now Media will premiere all 6 episodes of the documentary web series Revolutionary Love Stories, followed by 3 short narrative films about love by other filmmakers, including Mike Dennis of ReelBlack. $PayWhatYouWish, $5 min
Day 3 - Love + Justice, Friday, July 7th at 6pm
Philadelphia Printworks located at 845 S. 55th Street
Wellness and Self Care for Social Justice Workers
Wellness tools and resources for social justice workers. A love storytelling workshop at 6pm, followed by the Love and Justice event at 7pm with a panel discussion on wellness tools, resources, and community solutions to housing, therapy, and creating safe spaces. Enjoy a wellness station, get a t-shirt printed, dance, mix, mingle, swap resources, or chill. DJ YesInDeed. Drinks and Refreshments included. Live T-Shirt Printing ($10) and 3 Wellness Stations: Free chair massages sponsored by Hand & Stone, Love on Location Storytelling booth, free 15-minute therapy sessions sponsored by the Ladipo Group. $PayWhatYouWish

Day 4 - Love + Time Travel, Saturday, July 8th at 2pm
Sturgis Community Center, 220 W. 65th Avenue
Time Travel Workshop, Love On Location Video, Games, & Activities
Spark future memories with at Time Travel Workshop led by Rasheedah Phillips. Blast to the past with games, activities, and love stories. A Love On Location Video Booth will be on site for people to share stories based on interactive prompts.
About the Community Futures Lab:
The goal of the Community Futures Lab is to collect, preserve, and share memories and stories for future generations. We are looking for anyone who has ever lived in the neighborhood to come out and participate. https://lovenowmedia.ticketleap.com/lovefuture/ $PayWhatYouWish, $5min
Day 5 - Love + Body, Sunday, July 9th at 2pm + 3:30pm
Sound Space Philadelphia, 2511 W. Girard Avenue
Love Themed Yogetree with Helanah + Afrofusion with Sanchel Brown
Yogetree at 2pm Want to reconnect to yourself and your higher purpose? Curious how wellness and self-care can support your personal journey? Want to learn how to use mindfulness to strengthen your self-love? Here to celebrate all that is you and all that you can become - Join us for a wonder-filled Yogetree workshop, facilitated by @hellohelanah, focused on extracting the creative expression of self-care within. Come ready to move your body, focus your energy and connect with your community. Dress in comfy clothes and bring your yoga mat, journal and water bottle. See you then!
Afrofusion at 3:30pm - Tell a love story with through your body. This Afrofusion dance workshop focuses on healing the body and reconnecting with divine self love. Workshop led by Spirit Dancer Sanchel Brown.
Yogetree - $20
Afrofusion - $15
Both workshops for $25
Teens - One or both - $10
Day 6 - Love + Ladies + Power, Monday, July 10th at 7pm
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
All Ladies Concert + Open Mic Jam Session Celebrating Women’s Empowerment
Hosted by: Sincerely Syreeta
Featuring: Robyn Hood and Erika Hicks
With: DJ Leesh Boogz
With Performances by:
Nikki Powerhouse
Jani Coral
Briana DeVoue
JaE the Artist
Sanchel Brown
$10 in advance | $12 at the door
Lobby area will feature women focused non profits and resources for women + vendors
Day 7 - Love + Beauty + Barbering, Tuesday, July 11th 4pm-6pm
Beckett Life Center, 1400 N. 16th Street
with Guest Raelia Lewis of America’s Next Top Model
Beauticians, Barbers and attendees share stories about self love and looking good. Hair and beauty demonstrations and barbering tricks. Product giveaways. Refreshments. Guest Speaker, America’s Top Model Finalist, and North Philadelphia Native, Raelia Lewis. $PayWhatYouWish
Day 8 - Love + Art, Wednesday, July 12th at 6pm
The Art Dept. located at 1638 E. Berks Street
Emily Carris leads a love and art quilting project made with collaged paper with inspiration from objects, images, and outfits spark memories about the time you felt most loved. Bring your own object or choose something from the Art Dept. $PayWhatYouWish
Day 9 - Love Stories + Acoustics, Thursday, July 13th at 8pm
Here’s 2 Cool Stuff, 1213 South Street
Storyteller Jos Duncan with Musician Lloyd Alexander
With inspiration from the West African Griot-style of storytelling, Jos Duncan shares an interactive, music driven, epic tale of Love. Musician Lloyd Alexander provides the acoustics for this mini-concert. Drinks and refreshments will be available. $10 advance, $12 at the door
Day 10 - Love + Jazz, Friday, July 14th at 7pm-9pm
Amari’s Restaurant located at 5037 Baltimore Avenue
Featuring V. Shayne Frederick, Khalil Munir, & Taylor Samuels + open mic
An evening of love themed stories, music & song with the incomparable and smooth V. Shayne Frederick, multitalented storyteller and tap dancer Khalil Munir, and one of the best vocalists on the face of the earth, Ms. Taylor Samuels. Followed by an open mic for love stories from the audience. Amari’s menu will be available to enjoy food during the event. BYOB. $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Day 11 - Love Finale Event — Surprise Location –

BLACK BALLERINA at The Bank 7/14

Reelblack and PEC are proud to host a very special screening of BLACK BALLERINA, a documentary that shows how dancers of color face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Screening will take place Friday July 14, 2017 at 7:15pm at The Bank 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Admission $7.00 adults/ $5 Students, Seniors an Reelblack Members.

Director FRAN McELROY will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

It tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face the same barriers, including body type.  The film refutes a persistent myth that ours is a post-racial culture and compels viewers to think about issues of diversity, inclusion and equality from a different perspective. Their stories demonstrate how far we still have to go across all sectors of American society, life and employment.In production since 2011, the documentary runs 53:20 minutes. It will premiere on (station) on (date and time).BLACK BALLERINA is produced by Shirley Road Productions, an award-winning, Philadelphia-based production company founded in 1991. The documentary is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Women in Film.

Producer/Director: Frances McElroyOutreach Producer: Nadine PattersonEditor / Associate Producer: Meg SarachanPrincipal Cinematography: Eric Sennhenn & Gregg EasterbrookContent Consultant: Joselli Audain Deans, Ed.D

Main characters:

• Joan Myers Brown – dreamed of becoming a ballerina; unable to pursue ballet as a young girl of color in the 1940s, she ultimately founded Philadanco, a renowned contemporary dance company• Raven Wilkinson – the first African-American woman to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo• Delores Browne – a principal with the short-lived New York Negro Ballet, she turned to teaching after finding too many obstacles in her pursuit to dancing professionally in ballet• Ashley Murphy – a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem• Amanda Smith – a dancer with Charlotte Ballet• Bianca Fabré – a ballet student who had difficulty navigating the path to a career before abandoning her dream• Virginia Johnson – former ballerina and current Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem• Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux – Artistic Director of Charlotte Ballet• Roy Kaiser – Artistic Director Emeritus of Pennsylvania Ballet

LENA HORNE CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE 6/9 in W. Philly

To celebrate the Centennial of Lena Horne’s birth, we will screen the long out-of-print (never released on DVD) Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music along with other rare clips of America’s firs African-American pin-up.

Friday June 9, 2017 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Admission $7.00 Adults, $5.00 Reelblack Members/ Students and Seniors.

ARRAY’S THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD (Philly Premiere) 6/6

Scribe Producers Forum brings filmmaker Damani Baker to Philly for the premiere of his new film, which was recently acquired by ARRAY Releasing. at Lightbox Film Center 3701 Chestnut Street. Admission $10/ adults $7/Reelblack Members and Students $5 / Ihouse and scribe members.

Dir.Damani Baker, Grenada/USA, 2016, 78 min.

With filmmaker Damani Baker in person

The House on Coco Road is an intimate portrait of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moves her children from Oakland, California in 1983 to participate in the Grenada’s Afro-centric Socialist Revolution only to find her family in harm’s way of a U.S. military invasion. This is a story of a larger tale of black activism embodied by Haughton and a group of tireless women who put their lives on the line, daring to build a different type of country and a better world.

Damani Baker is an alum of Filmmaker Magazines “25 new faces in independent film”. His career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations and advertisements. Baker’s first feature documentary about the life and music of Bill Withers, Still Bill, opened theatrically in 2009. Baker is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College’s Film and New Media Department.

Producers’ Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

WIN A DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST BLU-RAY

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away seven one copy of the recently released Blu-Ray of the 25th Anniversary edition of Julie Dash’s DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, courtesy of Cohen Media Group.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “DAUGHTERS BLU-RAY” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced Friday 6/9. Good luck!

WIN A “GET OUT” BLU-RAY DVD COMBO

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away seven (7) Blu-Ray/DVD combos of Jordan Peele’s breakout hit GET OUT, courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “GET OUT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com
Winners will be announced Friday. Good luck!

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

  • Digital Copy of Get Out (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Unveiling the Horror of Get Out
  • Q&A Discussion with Writer/Diretor Jordan Peele and the Cast
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
  • WIN A COPY OF THE WATERMELON ON ON DVD

    Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away two DVDs of the recentlyreleased 20th Anniversary restoration of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, Cheryl Dunye’s landmark black queer film, courtesy of First Run Features.
    Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “WATERMELON WOMAN” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

    Winners will be announced Friday.  Good luck!

    *****
    Now remastered for its 20th Anniversary, with Pristine 2K HD Restoration overseen by 13 Gen, “The Watermelon Woman” was released on DVD and VOD January 31, 2017.

    Set in Philadelphia, “The Watermelon Woman” is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman.” While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards’ life, Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana (Guinevere Turner, “Go Fish”), a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future.

    Win Express Tix To The CARS 3 TOUR This Saturday

    This weekend, CARS 3 ROAD TO THE RACES Tour rolls into the Cherry Hill Mall. Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie, take photos with life-size characters from the film, and participate in various fun activities. Reelblack is giving away 5 family-4-packs  that grant winners EXPRESS race-lane entry into the tour on Saturday, May 13.
    Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “CARS 3″ IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

    Winners will be announced late this afternoon.  Good luck!

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