Reelblack had a chance to preview THIS IS IT the night of its release.  While not a perfect film by any stretch, it is a fascinating and emotional document, revealing Michael Jackson’s creative process.

Jackson leaves no doubt that he was ready to take on the world once more, leading a crew of young dancers and musicians through a lifetime of hits.

If you’re a fan of MJ, you definitely owe it to yourself to catch the magic of this entertainment legend In theaters–Not On Bootleg.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Is New Alien Abduction Movie Real or Fake?


There’s a movie on its way that, for those that have seen it, has caused quite a stir. Called The Fourth Kind, it revolves around the true story of an unsolved mystery in Alaska where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances. If the film is to be believed, this was caused by aliens.

Switching between “real” footage of the psychiatrist (Dr. Abigail Tyler) who looked into the alleged alien abductions in Nome, Alaska - and Milla Jovovich playing the role of Tyler - the film uses “real” footage of Tyler’s videotaped sessions with traumatised patients where we discover some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

Or do we? Many are questioning the validity of the Tyler story and whether the extraterrestrial events are the by product of a clever Fourth Kind marketing campaign. Even the Anchorage Daily News recently claimed that Nome’s disappearances were probably caused by the high rate of alcoholism combined with the harsh landscape surrounding the town.

However, Christopher C. French, who teaches in the psychology department at Goldsmiths College in London, has also revealed that the alarmed state of the patients in the movie match real-life reactions of people who believe they have been abducted by aliens.

Whatever you believe, you should watch this just released featurette below that shows the different kind of encounters with extra-terrestrials and incorporates some of the “real” footage from the film.

The Fourth Kind is in cinemas November 6.

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Check out this fantastic article about PRECIOUS, the award winning movie by Philly native Lee Daniels that’s a shoo-in for the Oscars.

STILL BILL at Painted Bride 11/8

Reelblack VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDS you make time to check out the Philly Premiere of STILL BILL, the award-winning documentary feature about Soul Music Legend Bill Withers on Sunday November 8 at the Painted Bride.


You know the Music. Now meet the Man.

Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,”

“Grandma”s Hands,” and “Just the Two of Us.”  With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that have - and always will - resonate deeply within the fabric of our times.

Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man.

Through concert footage, journeys to his birthplace, interviews with music legends, his family and closest friends, Still Bill presents the

story of an artist who has written some of the most beloved songs in our time and who truly understands the heart and soul of a man.


 Philly Premiere On November 8th at The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 from 7:30-9:30PM

Film screening, Q&A with filmmakers and concert of Wither’s classics by Motown legend Johnny Ingram!


Purchase your tickets in advance: $20 (First Person Arts members) / $25 (general public) - $25/$30 after 10/25

Buy Tickets


 Bill Withers on Reelblack TV

rbheader Check out Reelblack’s exclusive interviews with STILL BILL filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack here:


Bill Withers himself here:


Check out Reelblack TV’s exclusive interview with CHRIS ROCK and NIA LONG above.

This Saturday October 24 at 12:30PM, Reelblack, Philly’s #1 Promoter of African-American Film is organizing a First Weekend Field Trip in support of Chris Rock’s Award-Winning documentary GOOD HAIR.


sarahp It’s very important we support quality African-American Film in theaters–not on bootleg, especially on their first weekend of release.

Five years ago we began hosting field trips in support of new movies to demonstrate our economic power and fuel discussion.  We ask you to pledge to attend the same screening of a new movie in release, then join us afterward at a nearby restaurant for discussion and giveaways.

Everything is “Dutch Treat.”  You pay for your own movie ticket, snacks and meal afterward.  We try to keep the cost under $25 per person on average.


sarahp GOOD HAIR is comedian Chris Rock’s Sundance Award-winning film that opens in Philadelphia this Friday.

Prompted by a question from his young daughter, comic Chris Rock sets out to explore the importance of hair in black culture. Rock interviews celebrities such as Ice-T and Raven Symone, and visits hair salons, stylist competitions and even an Indian temple to learn about hair culture. PG-13 95 Minutes.

Our First Weekend Field Trip will begin this Saturday October 24 at the 12:30pm show at the UA Riverview Theater, Columbus Blvd and Reed Streets.  We’ll then meet for lunch at the Ruby Buffet  around 2:15pm for Chinese meal and discussion.  Giveaways will include GOOD HAIR posters and buttons plus a copy of KATT WILLIAMS’ latest DVD.


sarahp If you plan to attend, please RSVP with your name to so we can contact the restaurant in advance of our arrival.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested.  Spread the word!  GOOD HAIR open in Philadelphia area theaters on Friday October 23.



Dear Jazz and Film Lovers- 


Please, take a moment to learn about a wonderful new project: writer/director/producer, Aaron Blandon, 

has launched another potentially rewarding and valuable film project that extols the richness of the 

Philadelphia Jazz community. The film, Tony Williams and Friends: Saving Jazz One Child at a Time, 

will document the unique efforts by Philadelphia saxophonist Tony Williams, and the Mount Airy 

Cultural Center (MACC), to keep Jazz alive by educating our children. For nearly a half century Tony 

Williams, with his many friends and supporters, has combined his love of Jazz and children, with 

determination, inspiration, and a cadre of supportive professional musicians to provide free Saturday 

morning lessons in music theory, harmony, composition, arranging, performance, and life skills. 


Following a visit to a Monday night Jazz set at Club La Rose where Aaron Blandon heard the 

extraordinary live music of the Tony Williams Quartet, he met and chatted with Tony and the myriad of 

other professional musicians who sit in on the jam sessions or just drop by to vibe. Through successive 

returns to the club he learned about MACC and Tony’s mission. These meetings uncovered a story rich 

in love and commitment to community and music; Aaron knew it was a Philadelphia story that had to be 



Strong Majic Films invites you to become a part of this legacy by joining us for our SILENT AUCTION and 

an afternoon of LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD and FUN. Come hear what Aaron has to say about his 

mission and goals for this film work in progress. 


Fundraising Party and Silent Auction 


Sunday, October 18, 2009 

2-4 PM 

at the 

Allen’s Lane Art Center 

Allen‘s Lane and McCallum Streets 

Philadelphia, PA 19119 


$15 per person/$25 per couple 

Call 215-765-5361 to RSVP 


Jazz, is a part of our American heritage. Tony Williams and the talented community of Philly jazz 

musicians’ vision are to pass this art form on to future generations. Aaron Blandon’s vision is to tell this 

story. You can help to make this vision a reality by becoming a patron of the film! If you can’t make the 

fundraiser, your tax deductible donations are encouraged and can be sent to Art Sanctuary – please 

remember to write “Tony Williams Project” on the note line - and mailed to: 

 Art Sanctuary 

 C/o Tony Williams Project 

Church of the Advocate 

1801 W. Diamond Street 

Philadelphia, Pa 19121  


Thank you in advance for your support. 


Visit our Facebook page “Tony Williams and Friends: Saving Jazz One Child at a Time” for more info 

on the film and events. Contact us at: 215-765-5361



Reelblack strongly recommends that you make time this weekend to participate in the 18 1/2 Annual Philadelphia Film Festival.



sarahp Of particular interest are Thursday Night’s Philadelphia Premiere of LAW ABIDING CITIZEN starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.  Director F. GARY GRAY (Friday, The Negotiator) will be in attendance.  Friday and Saturday Night brings showcase screenings of Chris Rock’s much talked about GOOD HAIR.  Sunday is the Philly Premiere of the highly anticipated PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, with Philly’s own Producer/Director LEE DANIELS in the house.



Film festivals are always the place to discover new films–often before release.  Some will never see official releases beyond the festival circuit.

This years fest will also feature the Sundance hit THE MESSENGER starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster (Foster in attendance).  The Urbanworld Best Documentary, P-STAR RISING, new work from Peter Greenaway and the sequel to the French hit, DISTRICT B 13: ULTIMATUM.


Tickets are still available for most films.  For Complete Festival info and schedule, please visit



In October 2004, filmmaker Olatunde Osunsanmi had wrapped principal photography on his thriller The Cavern and traveled to North Carolina for postproduction.  While there, a chance dinner conversation sparked an interest that would be the genesis of The Fourth Kind.

A colleague told him of a psychologist living in the Carolinas who relocated from a remote town along the Bering Sea.  In Alaska, she had conducted a sleep disorder study that revealed terrifying data.  What Osunsanmi heard fascinated him…all the more because it was heavily documented.  Through his contact, he tracked her down.  After some reluctance, she shared her story.

 In Fall 2000, the therapist’s patients, under hypnosis, exhibited behaviors that suggested encounters with non humans.  Before sleep, every person recalled a white owl outside his or her window.  They woke up paralyzed, hearing horrific noises from beyond their doors just before an unknown assailant pulled them screaming from their rooms.  Subsequent memories went dark. 

As the doctor investigated the phenomenon, she discovered a history of missing people and bizarre activity from the region, dating back to the 1960s.  The more she dug, the more she believed the unbelievable: Her patients’ stories were not false memories, but comprehensive evidence of alien abductions.

Using never-before-seen archival footage integrated into the film, Osunsanmi exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses.  Their accounts of being visited by aliens share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. 

The Fourth Kind arrives 11/06/09.  Decide for yourself at


Thanks to everyone who made last night’s Philly Premiere of BLUE a great success.  In addition to a fantastic film, audience members were treated to free MORE THAN A GAME t-shirts and sweatbands courtesy Lionsgate;  BLACK DYNAMITE mini posters courtesy Apparition.  Giveaways included 4 tickets to an advance screening of MICHAEL JACKSON’SS THIS IS IT and DVDs courtesy HBO and Codeblack/Vivendi.

We’ll have more T-shirts and posters available to our first 20 guests at this Friday’s premiere of JAZZ IN THE DIAMOND DISTRICT.


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 Promoter of African-American Film has teamed with Sony Pictures to give away a special “4 Ticket Prize Pack” for you and three friends to attend a sneak preview of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT–the new documentary chronicling the rehearsals of his ill-fated final concert tour.

Screening will take place the night of Tuesday, October 27 at 9:30pm in South Philly.

The prize will be given away randomly to one lucky ticket holder at our Philly Premiere of “BLUE” on Tuesday October 13 at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.  So please be sure to attend.  Other prizes that will given away are a copy of LeBron James’ new memoir, SHOOTING STARS, CEDRIC AND SHAQ’S ALL_STAR COMEDY JAM DVD and KATT WILLIAMS: PIMPADELIC DVD.

So please make sure to attend our Tuesday Night event (see more details at  It’s the only way to win these cool prizes, plus you’ll have a chance to experience one of the most-talked about Black Indies of the year.

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