fade2black Reelblack has teamed with The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, TLA Entertainment and Urbanphilly.com to promote FADE TO BLACK: PERSPECTIVES IN BLACK CINEMA, a special sidebar of film premieres at this year’s Cinefest showcasing the best independent African-American films.

Join us for a special preview of this year’s selections and learn more about upcoming festival activities this Thursday February 26 from 6-8pm.  At Ms. Tootsies Restaurant Bar and Lounge, 1312 South Street.

Complimentary Soul Food.  Drink Specials.  Festival Prizes.

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This Tuesday February 17 at 7pm

At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104. Admission $7.00 Adults/ $5.00 Members and students.


BALL DONT LIE (Philadelphia Premiere!)

“Eight Mile Meets The And 1 Tour.” - HoopDoctors.com

Click here to check out Reelblack’s interview w/ Nick Cannon and the trailer for this great new movie

Taking place over the course of a single day, the film follows Sticky, a skinny high school kid who seems to have everything stacked against him save for the way he handles a basketball. Through a series of interweaving flashbacks we learn about Sticky’s troubled childhood and watch as he tries to transcend his past in the present tense and on the court.


Ball Don’t Lie is the feature film debut from award winning writer/director Brin Hill (Morning Breath). The film, starring Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Nick Cannon, and Grayson “The Professor” Boucher, debuted at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

USA/2008/102 Minutes/Color

Soul Food Cinema Returns w/ SIDEWALK STORIES on 2/20

What:  Soul Food Cinema Presents SIDEWALK STORIES (1990)
Where: The Point of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (At the Upsal R8 Train Station)
When: Friday February 20, 2009 at 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Cost:  Admission is Free with purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($10.50 and up)


Sidewalk Stories (1990)
First Public Screening In Over A Decade!
Largely unseen since it’s debut nearly 20 years ago, writer/director/star Charles Lane’s debut featurewas considered a masterpiece upon its initial release and promised the arrival of a major talent.Lane plays a Chaplinesque homeless individual with a talent for sidewalk chalk art, who finds himself caring for an abandoned baby. The child’s father has been killed in a robbery, so Lane begins a long, lonely search for the kid’s next of kin.  Lane went on to direct the big-budget comedy TRUE IDENTITY and co-starred in the film POSSE but has been largely unheard from since.  Never released on Home Video, this is your chance to experience this brilliant gem.  Admission is Free with purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal.  Please arrive early as seating is limited.  Call 215-849-7771 for details.


The Truth of Petey Greene
Thursday, Feb. 5 at 9:00 PM on WHYY-TV12

He was a former drug addict and felon. He was also America’s first “shock jock.” Petey Greene gave voice to the unheard–speaking truth to power on his raw and uncensored TV and radio programs. His explosive language and brash style shocked the world as he battled both the system and his own demons on a journey to becoming a leading activist during some of the most tumultuous years in recent history.
Visit http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/adjustyourcolor/film.html


GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY will make it’s World Premiere this Saturday February 7 on cable network TNT.

A frustrated young boy with problems in school overcomes the obstacles in his life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon in the new TNT Original movie GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY. This uplifting and inspirational JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and two-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise (The Great Debaters, The Manchurian Candidate). It is based on the true story of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, whose lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a best-selling author and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The movie premieres Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TNT.  http://www.tnt.tv/movies/giftedhands/

Local Filmmaker Screens Film This Saturday 2/7


Philly actress and filmmaker Katrina Deaton will have a special screning of her debut feature, UNDERNEATH on Saturday Feb. 7th 2009 6:30pm at the International House located on 3701 Chestnut Street.   Underneath features Reelblack TV’s own Big Sis in a supporting role.

Please help in the process of making this young filmmakers dream a reality by purchasing your tickets, attending, and imploring friends and family to attend as well. 
Get your tickets at http://www.therickfoundation.org/events
If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail us at info@therickfoundation.org

About Katrina Deaton
A Philadelphia native, Katrina Deaton, commonly called Tina, has always been a writer. A filmmaker by divine intervention, Katrina claims Underneath, her first feature film, was an idea that just wouldn’t go away. After scrounging up three thousand dollars, a cast, and a crew of five including Cherisse Deaton, Underneath came to life. A masterpiece was created in two years by a talented group of young men and women dedicated to a story whose message was too powerful for words.

The 13th Amendment A Hit on Youtube!

contact miked@reelblack.com for info on purchasing this film on DVD for only $5 postpaid.

Reelblack founder Mike D’s short film,THE 13TH AMENDMENT was just selected by Youtube.com as one of it’s featured films for Black History Month.

Even if you’ve already seen the five minute short, which chronicles Mike’s 90 year old grandmother as she votes for Barack Obama, you owe it to yourself to check out theScreening Room.  The other featured films include ELECTRIC PURGATORY, a documentary on the rock bands like Fishbone, who face stigma in the music industry;  AMANDLA, which deals with the role music played in helping to end apartheid and HUNGU, an amazing animated short.

People from all over the world are discovering our little film.  Since debuting in the Screening Room on Friday, The 13th Amendment has already garnered aphenomenal 80,000 views.  Please take a moment to forward this link to friends.  We’d love to get the view count over 200,000 before the promotion ends in mid-February. http://www.youtube.com/ytscreeningroom

Online Casting Call - Your Kid Could Be A Star

Twentieth Century Fox is holding an online casting call to find a bright, precocious and appealing young actor, age 10-13, for the lead role of Greg Heffley in the film version of the New York Times bestseller, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. Candidates are invited to visitwww.iamthewimpykid.com to learn more about the project - and to upload their audition videos. 

The filmmakers will be auditioning males, ages 10-13, only.  The character of Greg Heffley is slight, physically unprepossessing, and not overly cute or precocious.  He has a quirky, memorable face, is bright and articulate, and possesses a vivid fantasy life — but he is cursed by the fact that he’s in middle school. Auditioning actors must be able to handle dialog and have a flair for ironic comedy. (Think: a younger version of Michael Cera… or imagine Larry David in middle school.)

The best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, chronicles the adventures of wisecracking middle school student Greg Heffley over the course of an academic year, as told through the young man’s diary and hand-drawn cartoons.  

Be sure and visit www.iamthewimpykid.com  — and send in your audition tape now!


Angel Brown of NYC’s Queeer Black Cinema is looking for short films (12 min or less) relating to last year’s election:

OK people, now is your chance to submit video’s about your election experience. Send your pictures including camera phone photo’s, video blogs, short docs, paintings, spoken word, original music and anything else relating to your election to inauguration experience.  We want to view your experience through your eyes. Can’t wait to see them. SO bring the submissions on! Be sure to go towww.queerblackcinema.org/SUBMISSIONS.htm Deadline extended to Feb 10. Have any questions? E-mail us at info@queerblackcinema.org. Subject: Yes We Did!


You can win one of six copies of the just-released OBAMA–THE MAN AND HIS JOURNEY DVD courtesy of Vivendi/Codeblack.

Share the incredible, inspirational story of President Barack Obama , the 44th President of the United States.  See how one man inspired us with the refrain Yes We Can! In this defining moment, America has proven once again that her story is constantly evolving towards greater freedom and justice for all. Narrated by Blair Underwood.

Simply send an email with the phrase OBAMA DVD in the subject line and your FULL NAME in the body of the message to Contests@reelblack.com  Winners will be notified this weekend. 

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