What: Reelblack Presents BLUE, The Award-Winnning Film from Writer/Actor Don Wallace. Preceded by the short film, US: A LOVE STORY by Alrick Brown.
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA
When: Tuesday October 13, 2009 at 7pm. (boxoffice opens 30 minutes before).
Cost: $8/ Adults/ $6 Students FREE for Reelblack Season 7 Members (click the “membership” link at top of page more more info on joining.
On Tuesday October 13, Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film will present BLUE, the award-winning film from writer/actor Don Wallace. Directed by Temple alum Ryan Mnningham, it won awards at this year’s American Black Film Festival and Hollywood Black Film Festival.
BLUE is a gritty, urban drama about professional boxer set in the city landscapes of New York. Gary “Blue” Meekins struggles against unusually high obstacles to turn his hopeless life into that of the American dream. CHIP and DUTCH offer Blue a part in a robbery of a supposed neighborhood drug dealer. The end is so tragic that the events haunt Blue and lead him to give up his life of crime and return to his childhood boxing gym and longtime trainer/mentor CHINA BANKS.
While Blue struggles in the fight game his longtime girlfriend CRYSTAL, decides she has had enough of Blue’s short sighted dream of becoming a boxing champion, and leaves him. During this time, he meets a troubled neighbor, CARMEN VASQUEZ. Through their own struggles, a bond grows between them. Blue reluctantly confides in his only known relative, COURTNEY BROWN, a charismatic street hustler who lives life on the edge. Resisting Courtney’s offers, Blue defies China’s wishes and jumps at the opportunity to fight his nemesis JULIAN MOORE.
Blue’s boxing career starts to take a turn for the better.. Blue and Carmen’s lives are on an upswing when tragedy strikes. Carmen and Blue relationship is ripped apart. Only time will tell if Blue and Carmen can ever mend their relationship or if Blue will be up to the fight of his life. The determination of one man will lead to redemption at all cost. The race is not won by the swift or the strong, but by the one who endures until the end. Fight or die. BLUE.
WHAT: Soul Food Cinema Presents JAZZ IN THE DIAMOND DISTRICT (2008)
WHEN: Friday October 16, 2009 7pm - 10pm.
WHERE: The Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal R8 Train Station) Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-849-7771. www.pointofdestination.com
COST: Free w/ purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($11 and up).
Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema returns Friday October 16 at 7pm with to celebrate the release of the Urbanworld Film Festival selection JAZZ IN THE DIAMOND DISTRICT. Filmmaker Lindsey Christian will be in attendance for a post-film discussion and to sign DVDs, which can be purchased at the event.
When Jasmine “Jazz” Morgan (introducing Monique Cameron) loses her mother to a long-time battle with lung cancer, she can only focus on one thing – pursuing her dream of becoming a singer. Defying the wishes of her father, Blair Morgan (Clifton Powell), a strict doctor who prefers that she return to college, Jazz spends the summer entrenched in the hyper-sexualized, drug-influenced Washington, D.C., music scene, dragging along her naive younger sister, Leah (introducing Erica Chamblee).
One night, after an impromptu audition, Jazz is invited to join a local Go-go band (music by Likeblood, Uncalled 4 Experience) that is managed by a laid back barber, Gabe (Wood Harris) and supported with drug money provided by the lead emcee, Flight (introducing Andre’ Strong). With ease, she falls in line with the band and in love with the stage and together they reach new heights of popularity. But just as quickly as her success builds so does the pressure and Jazz recklessly tries to maintain control. http://www.soblu.com/
Reelblack and Gotham Books are giving you a chance to win a copy of actor Hill Harper’s third nonficton book, THE CONVERSATION - HOW BLACK MEN AND WOMEN CAN BUILD LOVING, TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS.
In his first book for adults, New York Times bestselling author Hill Harper invites you to join the Conversation: an honest dialogue about the breakdown of African-American relationships. For generations African Americans have turned to their families in times of need – but now, this proud and strong legacy is in peril. Black men and women have stopped communicating effectively and it threatens the very relationships and marriages necessary to sustain the Black family. Today, less than a third of Black children are being raised in two-parent households, a sharp decline from past generations. So, why is it so difficult for Black men and women to build long-term, loving and mutually beneficial relationships? What is happening in the community that makes it so hard for women and men to find their way to each other? And why are there so few people who manage to hold a marriage together, even after finding a person to love?
In his moving yet practical book, Hill Harper undertakes a journey both universal and deeply personal in search of answers to these questions. He has conversations with friends and strangers –married, single and divorced – and learns about their private struggles, emotional vulnerabilities, and real concerns, and begins to see common themes emerge. As his journey picks up momentum, Hill begins to recognize his own struggles in other people’s stories, and is encouraged to more deeply examine his own relationship issues.
To put your name in the hat, simply send an email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase HILL HARPER in the subject line to email@example.com.
WHAT: Soul Food Cinema Presents TRUTH HALL
WHERE: The Point of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (Above the Upsal R8 train station) Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-849-7771.
WHEN: Friday September 18, 2009 doors 6:30 / Show 7pm
COST: FREE w/ Purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($11 and up.)
Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema Series returns to The Point Of Destination Cafe on Friday September 18 at 7PM with the Philly Premiere and DVD release celebration for TRUTH HALL, written, Directed and Starring Jade Jenise Dixon. Feature will be preceded by the short film THE STORM by Larry Wright.
Featuring giveaways courtesy Image Entertainment and HBO Home Video.
Some dirty little secrets are about to come out! Riskier and more provocative than Waiting to Exhale, Truth Hall examines the bonds of friendship linking a group of African-American women who were inseparable in college. But now, years after graduation, they reunite for a wedding and find that they have drifted apart. Lingering grudges and long-buried passions from their college days ignite…setting off a firestorm that could stop the wedding and destroy their cherished friendships.
THE STORM (2008/ dir. Larry Wright/ 30 min.) “The Storm” is a political drama that deals with power and politics in corporate Black America. A story about Charles Smith, a young journalist whose world will change when he becomes the sole heir to one of the largest and only Black owned Newspaper left in the country. Set in Philadelphia “The Storm” is powerful and controversial, but most of all it tells a story about one the cities most beloved sons in the Black community
Reelblack and Lionsgate have teamed to give away a very special movie collectable. Sets of mini-posters for Tyler Perry’s #1 Comedy hit, I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF.
Plus–One lucky person will win a mini poster for Tyler Perry’s THE FAMILY THAT PREYS personally signed by Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson.
Quantities are limited. You can pick up you set of 3 posters beginning this Friday night (9/18) at 6:30pm.at our Philly Premiere of TRUTH HALL the Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street in Mt. Airy (at the Upsal Train Station). Remaining posters will be available for pickup at the Cafe while supply lasts. The number to Point of Destination is 215-849-7771 if you wish to call in advance.
TYLER PERRY’S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF is in theaters now.
You can win a copy of the just-released CD, MICHAEL JACKSON - THE STRIPPED MIXES, courtesy of Reelblack and Motown.
Michael Jackson “The Stripped Mixes” is an album of new mixes of early Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 classics. Utilizing the original Motown session tapes, these new mixes strip away certain instruments and studio frills to instead focus on the essence of the spectacular recordings–Michael’s vocals and the harmonies provided by his brothers. The songs on “The Stripped Mixes” shine a fresh light on Michael Jackson’s early career and are proof that his music will live forever.
Click here for a sample of “I’ll Be There” from the Stripped Mixes CD:
To enter, simply send an email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase MJ STRIPPED in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner will be announced on or about October 20. Michael Jackson’s final concert film THIS IS IT begins a worldwide two week limited engagement on October 28, 2009. Check out the official trailer below:
Tyler Perry brings his patented mix of Comedy, Drama and Inspiration to his latest film, whic reunites him with Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson.
When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Raymond, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into April’s basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Raymond and the new possibilities of family, faith … and even true love. icandobadmovie.com, tylerperry.com
Reelblack and HBO Home Video have teamed up to give away a few copies of the just-released NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY DVD starring Philly’s own JILL SCOTT. Scott is charming as Botswanan sleuth Precious Ramotswe. After her father dies, Mma Ramotswe sells his cows and opens an agency, because she “wants to do good.” So, the “traditionally built woman” (in the words of Anthony McCall Smith, who wrote nine books about her) leases the old Gabarone post office, hires hyper-efficient secretary Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose, Dreamgirls), and gets down to business. Based on the popular series of novels, this 3-Disc boxset collects every episode of the series for hours of great entertainment.
To put your name in the hat, simply send an email with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase JILL SCOTT DVD in the subject line to email@example.com.
Keep in mind, we’ll also be giving away a copy of the DVD at our next event–the Philly premiere of TRUTH HALL next Friday night
Apparition and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) today announce the release of THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY in the U.S. on October 30. The announcement was made jointly today by Apparitions Bob Berney and SPWAG President Steve Bersch.
THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY is the continuation of writer/director Troy Duffys tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers played by Norman Reedus (American Gangster, Pandorum) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Powder, Suicide Kings). While in hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), the brothers learn that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob and return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. Rounding out the cast is a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek, Extract) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV’s Dexter, Rambo).
“The reaction to the filmmakers and cast at Comic-con was phenomenal, said Berney. There have been rumors about a sequel for years and they’ve delivered a solid follow up with lots of surprises for the fans.
Shot in Philly last Spring Jamie Foxx’s new movie looks hot.
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice.
Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die.