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Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black film is proud to host the premiere of Array Releasing’s latest acquisition, AYANDA (2015).
Screening will take place on Tuesday November 17 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch Street. Admission is $10 adults/ $7 Students and Seniors and $5 Reelblack and AAMP members.
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AYANDA Directed by Sara Blecher
After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. AYANDA AND THE MECHANIC is a coming-of-age story from writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph. This film held its world premiere screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition.
Screens Friday November 20, 2015 at The Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street at 7:00pm. Admission is $12.
The poet, scholar, social activist and architect of the Black Arts Movement with “razor blades in her teeth” lights up the big screen with words and music. This recently released film from Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Festival in April and was awarded the Audience Award for Documentary at the 2015 BlackStar Film Festival.
90-minute film introduced by Philadelphia Performance Poets Pat McLean and Debra Powell-Wright; followed by appearances by Philadelphia filmmakers Attie and Goldwater and composer of original music score Evan Solot.
Event partner: American Composers Forum, generous funder of Solot’s musical score of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.
Mike D. sits in with Stephanie Renee on The Mojo this morning from 11am - Noon. Up first, we chat with filmmaker Takeshi Fuganaga about OUT OF MY HAND, whic screens tomorrow 1:30pm at The African-American Museum. Then at 11:30, writer/director R.Malcolm Jones will share stories about making THE SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY, which we will screen tonight 7pm at The United Bank Building. Listen live at 900amwurd.com
Reelblack and PEC are proud to host a special screening of SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY featuring Keith David and Jennifer Lewis. Filmmaker R. Malcolm Jones is expected to be on hand for a post film Q&A.
Screening will take place on Friday November 13 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).
Secrets of the Magic City, by Director R. Malcolm Jones, is a motion picture based on hope and resilience played out in a coming of age story laced with sometimes insurmountable tragedies and exhilarating adventures. Characters Tiana, Nia and Amiya initially adversaries, forge a lifelong friendship through hope and adversity in one of Miami’s gritty and unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City.
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BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge in 1982. It was the first American film to be fully funded by Britain’s then-brand-new Channel 4 Television and also likely the first film to use Steadicam from first frame to last. BLACK WAX centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called “the most dangerous musician alive” and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his 10-piece Midnight Band. It was filmed entirely on location in Washington, D.C., primarily at the Wax Museum Nightclub (now defunct). Songs performed by the band include such potent political numbers as “Winter in America,” “Alien,” “Johannesburg,” “Storm Music,” “Waiting for the Axe to Fall,” “Gun,” and “‘B’ Movie” (a scathing analysis of how and why Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States). Between songs, Mr. Scott-Heron is shown reciting his equally powerful poems (”Paint it Black,” “Black History,” “Billy Green is Dead,” The H2O-Gate Blues,” and “Whitey on the Moon”), leading the camera on a unique tour of Washington, D.C. (from the monuments of official Washington through the minority neighborhoods that make up most of the rest), and finally confronting the “ghosts of America’s past” (life-sized wax figures of John Wayne, Uncle Sam, Neil Armstrong, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, four U.S. Presidents, and black leaders from W.E.B. Du Bois to Martin Luther King). This is Mr. Scott-Heron at the absolute peak of his powers. The politics is always entertaining, and the entertainment is nothing if not political. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored.
Support our friends at Opening Night of the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival with the Philly Premiere of hit Teen Comedy Seoul Searching!
Get tickets at http://ihousephilly.org/calendar/seoul-searching
CLOSING NIGHT FILM - RIGHT FOOTED
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black film is proud to host the premiere of Array Releasing’s latest acquisition, OUT OF MY HAND (2015).
Screening will take place on Saturday November 14 at 1:30pm at the African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch Street. Admission is $10 adults/ $7 Students and Seniors and $5 Reelblack and AAMP members.
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OUT OF MY HAND Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga
OUT OF MY HAND takes viewers inside the humble life of Liberian rubber plantation worker, Cisco. Severe working conditions, failed unionization and corporate corruption ultimately drive him away from his family and his country to the foreign streets of New York City where his past forces him to confront his sense of isolation and belonging. This film debuted in the Panorama Section of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.
Scribe Video Center has programmed two nights of films featuring the work of poets LANGSTON HUGHES and AMIRI BARAKA directed by the late ST. CLAIR BOURNE. On both nights, short films featuring the poetry of URSULA RUCKER will also be shown.
On Monday November 9; 7:00pm at Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut Street) they will screen LANGSTON HUGES : THE DREAM KEEPER and URSULA RUCKER: POET (the film I did in 2008 for WYBE-TV).
On Tuesday November 9; 7:00pm at International House (3701 Chestnut Street), AMIRI BARAKA: IN MOTION will screen. Carvin Elson, the editor of the piece will be in attendence. Preceded by Nadine Patterson’s LoqueeshaAshley
FranklinJoséBrown and Bryan Green’s Something In The Way of Things.
Admission for each show is $10/ adults • $7/ Students and Seniors • $5 Scribe members. Visit
www.scribe.org for more info.
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- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader