Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving one lucky reader a copy of LILA AND EVE, the Sundance hit from director CHARLES STONE III starring VIOLA DAVIS and JENNIFER LOPEZ that was just released on DVD by eOne.
The winner will be selected at random and notified early next week. Good luck!
Lila, a grieving mother whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who has also lost her daughter to street violence. When the police prove incapable of bringing those responsible to justice, Lila and Eve team up as vigilantes and take matters into their own hands.
Following up on our successful screening of THE CENSORED ELEVEN, On Friday September 11, Reelblack will present a rare public screening of SONG OF THE SOUTH. Considered a masterful blend of live action and animation at the time of its release, it was shunned during the Civil Rights era for its depiction of Uncle Remus (James Baskett won an honorary Oscar for his performance). Unseen in US theaters since 1986 (and never released on home video), we re-examine this lost classic.
Friday September 11 at 7:00pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments)
The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br’er Rabbit, who outwits Br’er Fox and slow-witted Br’er Bear.
Reelblack is hosting a Movie Meetup the Sundaty at the Ritz Bourse, 4th and Ranstead in support of ROSENWALD, the award-winning documentary which opens today. With discussion and giveaways to follow at Cosi, 4th and Chestnut.
This is a Dutch Treat event. Each person is responsible for their own tickets and food. Tickets for the movie are $7.75. Food at Cosi runs from $5-$15.00
Rosenwald, by Aviva Kempner, is a documentary about how Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni writer Maya Angelou and director George C. Wolfe and Rosenwald relatives.
Tune in today at 11am to 900AM WURD. Reelblack founder Mike D will be sitting in on The Mojo with Stephanie Renee. Guests will be BLACKBIRD writer-director PATRIK-IAN POLK and OLDHEAD creator Tony Chenault.
Listen live at http://900amwurd.com
Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065
The International Faith & Family Film Festival is a first-class gathering of high-level entertainment executives, notable Hollywood directors, screenwriters and actors that features exclusive movie screenings and events. It is a major component of megafest, a multi-day family festival featuring faith, empowerment and entertainment activities that was founded nine years ago by Bishop T.D. Jakes. Our inaugural film festival event in 2013 was a major success. This year’s Megafest is expected to host upwards of 100,000 people at the Dallas Convention Center and American Airlines Center.
Since it is important to support Black films in the first weekend of release (in theaters–not on bootleg), let’s go see STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON this Sunday at 1:30pm then go to the Ruby Buffet for giveaways and discussion. The studio is promising Straight Outta Compton t-shirts and other SWAG. I had a chance to see an early screening. It is amazing.
If you were planning on seeing it this weekend, why not come see it with us?
This event is Dutch Treat, meaning everyone is responsible for their won tickets and food. The movie tix are $10/adults and may be purchased in advance at http://www.fandango.com/uariverviewplazastadium17rpx26imax_aadib/theaterpage?date=8/16/2015
Ruby Buffet is all-you-can-eat chinese and is approximately $15 per person, tip included.
On Friday August 14, Reelblack and PEC will host a rare public screening of Cauleen Smith’s DRYLONGSO the 1998 film that is even more poignant in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Released briefly on VHS exclusively though Hollywood Video in 1999, it has never been re-released or made available on DVD. Preceded by the 19 minute documentary EARTHSHIPS | NEW SOLUTIONS (2010)
Screening will take place at the United Bank Building 3750 Lancaster Avenue in W. Philly. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).
EARTHSHIPS | NEW SOLUTIONS
An introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues like: energy,water,food, shelter, sewage and recycling.
“Drylongso” is an old African American term that means “ordinary,” or “just the same old thing.” Ambitious and densely packed, Cauleen Smith’s remarkable debut feature addresses the everydayness of violence and the extraordinary beauty of daily life.
Pica is a young woman growing up in Oakland, California, who feels deeply the value and vulnerability of everyone’s life but her own. At home her room is perpetually violated by her mother’s partying visitors, and her work in illegal poster distribution puts her in nightly danger of attack. At school she is unable to make any progress on her 35 mm photography project. Instead, armed with charming savvy and a Polaroid camera, Pica tirelessly documents the existence of young black men, whom she believes to be an endangered species.
Along the way, she snaps a photo of Tobi, a young black woman, disguised as a man, who is running from a violent boyfriend. Tobi discovers that her assumed gender gives her new strength and freedom of movement around the city. Fate, however, does not spare Pica’s boyfriend, Malik, and his death inspires her to turn the rampant casual violence into something transcendently beautiful through her art.
Full of irony and inspired by the lyrics and rhythms of hip-hop music, Drylongso breathes fresh air into popular notions of black culture.
If black men are endangered, black women are still safer when they dress as black men. Shot on a shoestring budget, Drylongso is a filmmaking triumph which tells a story that needs to be heard.”
(Shari Frilot, 1999 Sundance Film Festival - http://history.sundance.org/films/1984)
Black film historian CHARLES WOODS recounts the depiction of Black men in American film leading up to Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking performance in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967). Woods contends the pivotal scene in which Tibbs strikes a southern racist opened the door for the 1970s Blaxploitation boom in this mini lesson on the transition of black defiance depicted in motion pictures.
More from Reelblack’s 2010 interview with MR. PAUL MOONEY. In this clip, he talks about the difference between being half-African and half-Black, DNA, his Rip Van Winkle screenplay, Willie Lynch and the fear Black women instill in their sons. A Reelblack exclusive. Special thanks: Helium Comedy Club. Cam + Edit: Mike D.
Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he’s the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It’s not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.
Mo’nique, Isaiah Washington, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods & introducing Julian Walker
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