WIN TICKETS TO LIVE FROM THE MET FEATURING ERIC OWENS 12/10

Reelblack is giving four (4) lucky readers passes for two to see Metropolitan Opera’s live theatrical broadcast of L’AMOUR DE LOIN (Saariaho) featuring Grammy Winning Central High School alum ERIC OWENS. The event will be broadcast via satellite to participating theaters through Fathom Events on Saturday December 10 at 12:55pm ET and then re-broadcast Wednesday December 21 at 6:30pm.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS (so we can determine best theater) and PHONE NUMBER in the body of the message and THE PHRASE “METROPOLITAN OPERA” in the Subject line to Reelblackinc@live.com Winner will be announced Thursday night.

Tix may be purchased at http://www.fathomevents.com/event/lamour-de-loin-live/more-info/details
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 12:55 p.m. ET / 11:55 a.m. CT / 10:55 a.m. MT / 9:55 a.m. PT
Run Time: 3 hours (approximate)
Language: French (with English subtitles)
Special Fathom Features: Go behind the scenes with the Met’s stars! During intermission, interviews with cast, crew and production teams give a revealing look at what goes into the staging of an opera.
The broadcast of Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin will be presented live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, December 10 at 12:55 p.m. ET / 9:55 a.m. PT, followed by an encore on Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. local time.
One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romanceL’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), has its Met premiere this season. The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.
Click here for complete information about The Met: Live in HD season.
Casting and cinema locations are subject to change.
Photo: Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor The Neubauer Family Foundation.
Global sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is also provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

WIN A PAIR OF PASSES TO SEE OLD STONE at RITZ BOURSE (Opens 12/9)

Reelblack is giving five (5) lucky readers passes for two to see OLD STONE, the acclaimed Chinese psychological thriller, which opens this Friday (12/9) at the Ritz at The Bourse (4th and Ranstead) in Philadelphia.  Pass is good for any screening next week Monday-Thursday.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRERSS in the body of the message and THE PHRASE “OLD STONE PASSES” in the Subject line to Reelblackinc@live.com Winner will be announced Thursday night.

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noirOld Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive.

When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST MOVIE MEETUP THIS SATURDAY 12/10 AT RITZ BOURSE

Join us in support of 25th Anniversary restoration of Daughters of the Dust the afternoon of Saturday December 10 at the Ritz at the Bourse, 4th Street between Market and Chestnut at 1:10pm.

Afterward, we will walk down the street to Cosi Coffee Shop for discussion and giveaways (including a few Daughters of the Dust posters kindly provided by Cohen Media Group).

25 years after its world theatrical premiere at Film Forum, Julie Dash’s groundbreaking DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST returns in a stunning new restoration. Set in the legendary Sea Islands off the South Carolina/Georgia coast in 1902, the film follows a Gullah family (descendants of West African slaves) on the eve of its migration to the North. Led by a group of women who carry with them ancient African traditions, the extended family readies itself to leave behind friends, loved ones and their insulated way of life. Can these women hold fast to their sacred religious beliefs and customs, or will they be swept into the race toward an era of science and industry? This richly costumed drama, structured in tableaux to reflect the art and icons of African tradition, testifies movingly to the secret celebrations and packed-away sorrows of African-American women.

EMERGENCY CONTACT AT UNITED BANK BUILDING THIS FRIDAY 12/9

On Friday December 9 at 7pm, Reelblack and PEC will present the Philadelphia Premiere of EMERGENCY CONTACT (2016/ 57 min./ dir. Nikki Whalen). Writer/Producer Julz Brewer will be in attendance to participate in a post-film Q&A.

The feature will be preceded by the short film SPACE TRADERS (1994/ dir. Reginald Hudlin), from the seldom-seen sci-fi anthology, COSMIC SLOP.

EMERGENCY CONTACT: Can 30-something Roxanna Biltmore handle the matters of her heart concerning her high school crush or will she try something new with Vince Cotton? Watch this woman go from NO emergency contacts to two.

SPACE TRADERS: A conservative African American politician (Robert Guillame) must choose between his people’s survival and appeasing his white colleagues when space aliens propose to share their profound knowledge in exchange for all black people on earth.

BROTHERLY LOVE SEMINAR WITH JAMAL HILL 11/19

Everyone is always asking me how do I break into movies? How do I get quality actors attached to my projects? How do I get people to read my material? Tri-state area here’s your chance to learn firsthand from one of the hottest young directors in the business. Filmmaker @jamalhill is conducting a one day seminar around @brotherlylovethemovie this Saturday. This is something you don’t want to miss! Space is limited make sure you cop your tickets today.

Reelblack and PEC Present Jay-Z: Unplugged 11/11

What: Reelblack and PEC Present JAY-Z: UNPLUGGED (10th Anniversary)
When: Friday November 11, 2016 at 7:15pm
Where: United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in W. Philly
Cost: $5.00 (includes refreshments)

On Friday, November 11 real black and PEC host a special 10th anniversary screening of Jay-Z Unplugged. Not on DVD or Youtube, this is Hov at his best.  Admission is $5.00 (refreshments included) show starts at 7:15.

As an added bonus, we will be joined by a surprise guest who perform that night on the show via Skype!

Following the success of Blueprint, Jay-Ztook a break from the studio productions of Timbalandand Just Blazeand stepped into acoustic surroundings for a taped edition of MTV’s long-running Unplugged series. With the talents of the Roots as his backing band, Jay-Z fails to miss a step and feels just as comfortable in the unplugged arena as he does with drum machines and a mixing desk in front of him. The skills of Rootsdrummer Ahmir Thompson emulate even the slightest nuance from the originally programmed electronic beats, and Jay-Z fails to take this for granted, gently shifting from one song to the next in medley form with ease.  –Allmusicguide

WIN A COPY OF HAMMER ON BLU-RAY COURTESY OF OLIVE FILMS

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away one copy of HAMMER, the 1972 action flick starring Fred Williamson on Blu-Ray, courtesy of Olive Films.
Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “HAMMER” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

Winners will be announced next week.  Good luck!

*****
Hammer (Blu-ray)

Directed by: Bruce Clark
Former football player Fred Williamson (M.A.S.H., Black Caesar) brings his athletic prowess and acting chops to the role of B.J. Hammer in the street-smart, action pic Hammer. A boxer on-the-rise, Hammer is asked to throw a fight by the local Mob who have figured prominently in his success. His moral dilemma hits close to home when the life of his girlfriend, Lois’ (Vonetta McGee, Blacula, The Eiger Sanction) is put in jeopardy. Rounding out the Hammer cast are Bernie Hamilton (The Swimmer, TV’s Starkey and Hutch) and William Smith (Any Which Way You Can, The Frisco Kid) in the Bruce Clark (The Ski Bum, Galaxy of Terror) directed film.
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Rated: R
Runtime: 91 minutes
Year Filmed: 1972
Screen: 1.85:1, Color

MOVIE MEETUP - LOVING 11/13 AT RITZ FIVE 4:15pm

Lets support the opening weekend of LOVING, Sunday November 13th at 4:15pm at the Ritz Five 214 Walnut Street.  Event is Dutch Treat.  Tix are $10.00 and may be purchased at the box office or in advance at www.landmarktheaters.com/philadelphia

Time is subject to change but we are aiming for the showing closest to 4pm.

As a special treat, actor Christopher Mann will be joining us for the meetup. He’ll share his experience portraying Theoliver Jeter (Mildred Loving’s father) in the film and take pictures with us!

LOVING

JEFF NICHOLS | USA | 2016 | 123 MIN | PG-13

In Loving, acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter) celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry—and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter)

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, Martin Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon

REELBLACK MEMBER EIKO FAN FEATURED IN PAAFF

THREE STORIES by Eiko Fan

1700 Spring Garden Street

Admission FREE

https://events.sparxo.com/ThreeStories2016

Monday November 14 4:30pm at Community College of Philadelphia

10 years after immigrating from Japan where traditionally, carvings of Buddha were made from a single piece of wood, Eiko Fan’s wood sculpture reached a turning point. Eiko”s style evolved from this tradition to include flexible, inventive use of wood and body movements of mime and dance, encased in wooden costumes. Eiko then created a movie set in which her sculptural creatures could interact. Produced on 16mm film in 1981-1982 in collaboration with Rudy Burckhardt, a very well known photographer/filmmaker from New York, this film is a time capsule of Eiko”s life 35 years ago. Eiko later went on to perform “Live Wood Sculpture” performances internationally and even included her children in this production.

Artist Eiko Fan will be present for a post-screening Q&A and a presentation on her work.


KIMBERLY ELISE AND DAVID E. TALBERT ON THIS FRIDAY’S REELBLACK RADIO

Tune in this Friday 11am ET to Reelblack Radio as part of the Mojo on WURD-AM.
at 11:05 Stephanie Renee and I will speak with writer/director DAVID E. TALBERT, whose new movie, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, opens tonight.  Then at 11:30, actress KIMBERLY ELISE will call in to chat about her role in this ensemble family comedy.  Listen live at www.900amwurd.com

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