URSULA RUCKER: POET @ This Year’s Cinefest

The Philadelphia Film Festival/ Cinefest 2009 presents Award winning Filmmaker Mike D’s latest project, URSULA RUCKER: POET. Produced by Craig Carpenter and Bianca White screening will take place as part of
“My Voice Is In My Sword” Shorts Program. Spread the word. Filmmakers in attendance. DVDs available for sale after the show. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW just $10.00 call 267.765.9800 x 4 or visit
Discover the power of poet Ursula Rucker in this revealing new documentary portrait.

Poet Ursula Rucker is best known for her diverse musical collaborations with King Britt, The Roots and 4Hero. She has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and toured the world countless times. She translates raw emotion into art, always finding love in the balance.

In this half-hour portrait, she performs several of her best-known pieces in an ‘unplugged’ setting, revealing nuances not heard on the original recordings. Through interviews with peers and mentors–including Saul Williams, Sonia Sanchez and Gil-Scott-Heron–we come to appreciate the difference between ’spoken word’ and ‘poetry” and trace the path that led Ms. Rucker to become one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation.



Flygirrl + Bee Eater Records present:
a live performance by

w/ Hustle Simmons
+ DJ Ultraviolet

@ The Balcony (upstairs from the Trocadero)

doors @ 10PM
early arrival suggested. space is limited!

Event Information:
Thursday, April 02, 2009
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
cover: $10.00 
music: Hip Hop
Venue Information:
1003 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Reelblack’s Mike D on Film Fest Panel This Saturday.



Filmmaker Panels

Presented by Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA)

in association with the Philadelphia Film Festival/Philadelphia CineFest09

Streetwise: A Conversation with Philly Documentarians

Saturday, March 28 from 4:00 - 5:15 pm

DIVE at Shooters in the Curtis Building, 601 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106


Filmmaker Diane R. Thompson says of the creation her new documentary Don’t Fall Down in the Hood that it was her way of seeking to make some sense out of the senseless violence that is prevalent in Philadelphia. El Sawyer (Beirut Boys) gives cameras to young African American men, the self-dubbed “Beirut Boys” of the Fairhill neighborhood, to give a voice to a generation often misunderstood or not heard at all. And Michael J. Dennis (Ursula Rucker: Poet) combines documentary storytelling and live performance into a fierce portrait of poet Ursula Rucker whose trademark sweet “song speak” crackles with socio-political urgency on all topics from womanhood, oppression, love and sexism. Moderator Joni Helton, WHYY Director of TV Programming and PIFVA board member, will talk with these Festival of Independent featured filmmakers about how their work and how they represent Philadelphia’s African American community through their film sensibilities.



Michael J. Dennis (Ursula Rucker: Poet) is an award winning filmmaker and co-hosts and curates Reelblack Presents, Philadelphia’s longest-running film screening series devoted to African-American film. He is currently at work on Philly Soul Now a documentary feature about the legacy of Black Music in the City of Brotherly Love.

El Sawyer (Beirut Boys) is a filmmaker with deep roots in community and youth media. Since 2003 he has worked at the Village of Arts and Humanities developing the digital arts program for young people. He is collaborating with Eugene Martin on two projects - a documentary on the only all girls African-American soccer club in the US and a feature length version of Beirut Boys.

Dianne R. Thompson (Don’t Fall Down in the Hood) is an award winning freelance filmmaker in the Philadelphia area. She is a master story-teller and has won acclaim for her documentary, corporate/industrial and broadcast television productions. She is the founder of DRThompson Film Productions, a multi-media company that focuses on socially conscious productions that impact, inform and empower the individual.

Moderator: Joni Helton is the Director of Television Programming at WHYY TV 12 and board member of PIFVA.



latinflyer Ursula Rucker completes here Artist-In Residence at Muhlenberg College with a performance of CAW

Original Dance Theatre co-created by Charles O. Anderson and Troy Dwyer, with original material created and performed by Ms. Rucker.


March 26 - 29 · Empie Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance Allentown, PA


Tickets Online: Caw · Box office 484.664.3333


(Not appropriate for children: Adult language and situations.)


Caw is an ambitious collaborative work of dance and theatre that invokes the rich, raucous oral tradition of Southern storytelling, with its roots in both Native American and African culture. The core of the performance piece by its co-creators, Charles O. Anderson and Troy Dwyer is mystery, movement, character and ritual that emerge as an allegory of race and power in America. A fusion of dance, performance poetry, romantic fantasy, dramatic action, and audacious gay cultural expression, Caw assembles and disassembles cultural archetypes and stereotypes, molding them into a pantheon of vivid contemporary characters.


Charles O. Anderson, artistic director of the Philadlephia-based dance theatre X and Director of African American Studies, and actor/writer/director Troy Dwyer say that the idea of Caw emerged from their conversations about their childhoods in the South and their shared relationships with Uncle Remus folklore. What has emerged is a unique collaboration performed by a multicultural ensemble of 20 actors and dancers. Anchored by four diverse professional guest artists - a performance poet, an actor and two dancers - Caw focuses the raw energy and passion of its stories into a hybrid of movement and language.

Judah Friedlander Recession Special Tickets

Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), one of the 10 funniest white men in America will be doing a stand-up show at the TLA Theatre in Philly on South Street Saturday April 4th at 8pm.  Friends of Reelblack can get to see him for just $10 when they
Use Promotion Code - Champion for the $10 special ticket price.

For Tickets CLICK HERE

Reelblack’s THE 13TH AMENDMENT @ Taj Lounge NYC

Grey Goose presents a special viewing of Mike D’s 13th Amendment
and Hungu—two films by African American filmmakers.

New York’s Premier After-work Experience
association with Assorted Flavors Entertainment as we present an exlusive
Come out and celebrate with ESSENCE Magazine and Grey Goose in
Taste Grey Goose flavored cocktails with complimentary drink ticket.
Drink tickets provided upon arrival and are first come first serve.
Dinner reservations available, please call (212) 620-3033.
48 West 21st Street
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York City
Music by: The Incredible DJ Hud
Dress code is strictly enforced. No athletic wear of any kind. We reserve the right to be selective.
All guests must be 21 or older to attend. Please drink responsibly.

Never Say Never - Vin Diesel’s Back!



FAST & FURIOUS  – In Theaters April 3, 2009 – www.fastandfuriousmovie.net


Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed—Fast & Furious.  Heading back to the streets where it all began, they rejoin Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert in the new high-octane action-thriller.

When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker).  But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him.  And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

Mr. Paul Mooney At Helium

One of the funniest men in America will be gracing the stage of Helium Comedy Club this Wednsday 3/11- Saturday 3/13.  Paul Mooney has written for everyone from Richard Pryor to Dave Chappelle.  His two early 90s comedy CDs demand collector’s prices and you can best believe he has a lot to say about post-Obama America in his first Visit to Philly since the election.

Tix are $15-$20 (plus 2 item minimum) and can be purchased in advance at www.heliumcomedy.com.

Be sure to check out Reelblack TV’s exclusive interview with Mr. Mooney done last year at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8FOVz0AAEc

Questlove This Saturday @ Arts Garage

In collaboration with Red Bull and 215 Magazine, you are invited to the Red Bull Music Academy after party @ The Arts Garage, 15th and Parrish.  See the attached flyer for details.
Doors open at 8:30, please arrive early or be juxtapositioned.  

American Violet

Opens in theaters on April 17 starring   Alfre Woodard, Michael O’Keefe, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, Charles S. Dutton, Xzibit   and newcomer   Nicole Beharie.  Based on real events and set in a small Texas town in the midst of the 2000 Bush/Gore Presidential election,   AMERICAN VIOLET   tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year old African-American single mother of four who is wrongfully swept up in a drug raid.      Despite the urgings of her mother (Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard), and with her freedom and the custody of her children at stake, she chooses to fight the powerful district attorney (Academy Award® nominee Michael O’Keefe) and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents. Joined in an unlikely alliance with an ACLU attorney (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer (Will Patton), Dee risks everything in a battle that forever changes her life, and the   Texas   justice system.    AMERICAN VIOLET   also stars Emmy Award® winner Charles S. Dutton and Xzibit.      

Keep posted for news on upcoming screenings.              

Trailer Link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8Jq09qU1Q

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