Win A Copy of WHITNEY on DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving one lucky reader a copy of the just released WHITNEY on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate.

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “WHITNEY” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

The winner will be selected at random and notified early next week.  Good luck!

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Whitney Houston’s highly flammable relationship with husband Bobby Brown is rendered candidly in this biographical drama depicting both her dizzying rise to stardom and the turbulent private life that made her an icon of the tabloids.

That Daughter’s Crazy 7/24 - Rain Pryor in Person!

Reelblack Presents, in collaborration with The Painted Bride Art Center host the Philadelphia premiere of the acclaimed documentary, THAT DAUGHTER’S CRAZY.  The film’s subject RAIN PRYOR, and the film’s producer, DARYL SLEDGE and SAM ADELMAN will be on hand for a DVD signing post film Q&A.

Screening will take place Friday July 24, 2015 7pm at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.  Tickets are $10/ adults, $8/ Students and Seniors and $5/ Reelblack and Painted Bride members.  Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.  For questions/ group rates, contact Michael Dennis at 347-709-7288.

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That Daughter’s Crazy, directed by Elzbieta Szoka and produced by Paradox Smoke Productions, is a portrait of Rain Pryor, daughter to legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Rain grew up during an era when race, ethnicity and religion caused her constant internal and external conflict. The award-winning film unveils her vibrant and complicated life as a black Jewish girl, looking for self- identity and recognition in Hollywood, and as a woman coming to terms with the loss of her father, while learning to be a mother. That Daughter’s Crazy takes scenes from Rain’s one-woman stage show and intertwines them with personal interviews and anecdotes from Rain, her grandmother Bunny, and her mother Shelley for an intimate depiction of life as one of Richard Pryor’s progenies.

Wanting to find a way to share her artistic talents despite the barriers in Hollywood, Rain says “I wasn’t black enough to be black, I’m not white enough to be white…unique wasn’t in yet.”

Ahead of her time in many ways, Rain knew she was different from an early age, and that fact only became more apparent as she grew older. In That Daughter’s Crazy, viewers learn that Richard Pryor leaves the family home before Rain is a year old, while her mother struggles to make ends meet in the ‘middle class’ section of Beverly Hills. While growing up, Rain spends time at her father’s mansion and eventually moves in with him as a teenager. She shares his affections with an entourage of hookers and partygoers, but despite all this, she describes Richard as an involved and loving father. So, not only does the girl in the mirror with cocoa-colored skin and wild hair look different, she has a famous father with an extremely public lifestyle. Long before the age of social media in the 1980’s, Beverly Hills High is the gossip capital of the world. The school is crawling with the children of celebrities, so “inside” news travels fast and Rain is bullied and mocked relentlessly and regularly. She learns to adapt to the environment, capturing her father’s attention when she’s able, while navigating her mother’s growing hostility towards his indulgent way of life. http://www.thatdaughterscrazy.com/

New Episode of Reelblack TV Tonight at 8pm

Tune in tonight at 8pm to PhillyCAM for a brand-new episode of REELBLACK TV.  On the show– Mekhi Phifer, Pam Grier, Brotherly Love Red Carpet and Jeff Bradshaw and Friends.

PhillyCAM airs on Comcast 66/966 and Verizon 29/30.

Upcoming Shows

Win A Copy of BLACK OR WHITE on Blu-Ray

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  Congrats to Robert Monroe of Schenectady, NY + Charles Woods of the Bronx, who won copies of BLACK OR WHITE on Blu-Ray courtesy of Fox Video

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving two lucky readers a copy of the just re-released BLACK OR WHITE on Blu-Ray courtesy of Fox Video.

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “BLACK OR WHITE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

The winners will be selected at random and notified at the end of the week.  Good luck!

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Oscar® winners Kevin Costner* and Octavia Spencer** co-star in this touching comedy-drama based on real events. When two grandparents, Elliott (Costner) and Rowena (Spencer), engage in a heated custody dispute over their beloved granddaughter, the ensuing legal battle forces them to confront their true feelings on race and forgiveness. Can people from two seemingly different worlds find common ground when nothing is as simple as black or white?

*Dances With Wolves, 1990: Directing, Best Picture (Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner, Producers)

**Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011

Special Features:

  • Shades of Gray: The Making of Black or White
  • Kevin Costner Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Family First Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital HD (Blu-ray only)

Win Passes To Pitch Perfect 2

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, has obtained a number of passes for two to an advanced screening of PITCH PERFECT 2, the eagely anticipated sequel to the 2012 hit. Screening will take place Wednesday May 13 at 7:30pm in North Philly.

To put your name in the hat, simply SEND AN EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE PITCH PERFECT 2 IN THE SUBJECT LINE TO CONTESTS@REELBLACK.COM.  Confirmations will be sent out over the weekend.

Synopsis

Genre:                              Comedy

Cast:                               Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, HaileeSteinfeld,

Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Ben Platt, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee,

John Hodgman, Jason Jones, Joe Lo Truglio,

Reggie Watts with John Michael Higgins

and Elizabeth Banks

Directed by:                      Elizabeth Banks

Written by:                       Kay Cannon

Produced by:                     Paul Brooks, Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks

Executive Producers:          Scott Niemeyer, Jason Moore

The Barden Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up to 2012’s smash hit and stars Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld and Brittany Snow. Enter to win a four-pack of passes to a special preview of Pitch Perfect 2, in addition to a four-pack of shirts, cups, slap bracelets and other items.

www.pitchperfectmovie.com

Reelblack and PEC Present CLOSED DOORS: THE INTEGRATION OF BASEBALL on 5/8

Reelblack and PEC present a special 20th Anniversary screening of CLOSED DOORS: THE INTEGRATION OF BASEBALL,  Rick Morris’ seminal history of the Negro Leagues on Friday May 8 at 7pm (note new time).  At The United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132.  Admission is $5 (includes refreshments).

Filmmaker RICK MORRIS will be on hand for a post film Q&A.

Closed Doors reexamines baseball’s integration saga by broadening the historical and chronological perspective of this traditionally limited study. The film traces the evolution of black baseball since its inception in the 1800’s.  It discusses black ball’s relation to white society and the Major Leagues, as well as places these two divergent cultures (black & white baseball) in the context of America’s ever evolving race relations from the 1800’s to the 1950’s.  In doing so, the film shows both how changes in society led to baseball’s integration, as well as provides insight into how the pioneers who broke the color line of this highly visible whites-only club contributed to more significant breakthroughs in the civil rights movement.

The film includes interviews with Hank Aaron, Bob Feller, Buck O’Neil, Max Manning, Monte Irvin and many other Negro League & Major League veterans, as well as baseball historians.

Ava DuVernay Kicks Off AFFRM Membership Drive to Support Black, Brown and Female Filmmakers

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) today announced the launch of its second annual membership drive to continue its mission of furthering and fostering the work of diverse filmmakers and cultivating audiences for that work.

Since 2011, AFFRM’s Array Releasing has distributed eight feature films by underrepresented filmmakers in theaters and on digital platforms. The 30-day membership drive to help sustain those efforts begins May 4 through June 5, with perks and incentives for new and returning members. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder and SELMA director, Ava DuVernay.

AFFRM’s Rebel membership benefits for 2014 included:

- THE CALL-IN: curated filmmaker conversations with Tim Story, Gina Prince Bythewood and Justin Simien
- INVITATION-ONLY GOOGLE HANGOUTS with industry experts
- AFFRM REBEL SWAG, including keychain, memo pad, wristband and more

- SPECIAL SCREENING ACCESS to films and live events in major cities

“We are asking past and new members to add their names to the credits of a movement by becoming 2015 AFFRM Rebels. Our Rebel membership allows film artists and advocates to not just speak about the need for change in the film industry but take an active role in creating artistic diversity. ” explained ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.

To join AFFRM + ARRAY as a Rebel member, interested individuals and companies can visit www.arrayaction.com.

ABOUT AFFRM +ARRAY
Founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2011, AFFRM is a distribution collective of minority arts organizations dedicated to diverse independent films. AFFRM’s Array Releasing has distributed 8 films to date including: Official Slamdance Selections VANISHING PEARLS and BIG WORDS, BETTER MUS’ COME, 2012 Sundance Best Director Award Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award Winner KINYARWANDA, 2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection RESTLESS CITY, 25 TO LIFE and 2011 NAACP Image Award nominee for Best Independent Picture, I WILL FOLLOW. AFFRM’s founding organizations include Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), Langston Hughes Film Festival (Seattle), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles).

Win A Copy of HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE on DVD

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  Congrats to Ozie Washington and James Peterson who won copies of HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE on DVD courtesy of Reelblack and @olivefilms

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving two lucky readers a copy of the just re-released HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE on DVD courtesy of Olive Films.

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

The winners will be selected at random and notified at the end of the week.  Good luck!

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Starring:
ROBERT TOWNSEND (Streets of Fire, The Five Heartbeats)
KEENEN IVORY WAYANS (Scary Movie, TV’s “In Living Color”)
ANNE-MARIE JOHNSON (The Five Heartbeats, Pursuit of Happyness)
HELEN MARTIN (A Rage In Harlem, TV’s “In Living Color”)
Directed by:
ROBERT TOWNSEND

FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY!

YEAR FILMED: 1987
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 78 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1, Color/B&W
AUDIO:  Stereo

SYNOPSIS:

A satire on the ups & downs of being a black actor in Hollywood, Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, pimps and Uncle Toms’), Bobby’s struggles are told through a series of comic fantasies and dreams, making all-too-real that he needs to do the Hollywood Shuffle.

Co-starring Keenen Ivory Wayans (Scary Movie, TV’s “In Living Color”), Anne-Marie Johnson (Pursuit of Happyness), and Helen Martin (Kiss The Girls, TV’s “227″), Hollywood Shuffle is written, produced & directed by Robert Townsend (Streets of Fire, The Five Heartbeats, The Mighty Quinn, A Soldier’s Story).

DVD $24.95

BD $29.95

DIVERSITY IN CANNES | DINNER AND A MOVIE CANCELLED

Diversity In Cannes Short Film Showcase 5/5 in Roxborough, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:00 PM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly.

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