PIFVA is hosting The Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s Open Screen on March 1, 2010

What: PIFVA Hosts The Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s Open Screen
When: Monday March 1, 2010 from 9-11pm
Where: The Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Cost:  Free.  Meet us at 8pm in front f the theater for an impromptu get together/mixer prior to the show.

We’ve been listening.  Many of you have asked for more opportunities to share work and network with other area filmmakers.  On Monday March 1, The Philadelphia Film and Video Association will host The Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s monthly Open Screen.  At 824 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA from 9-11pm.

We invite area filmmakers to screen their films shorts, docs, snippets or works-in-progress — just bring your film in DVD or VHS format, and we’ll run it on the BIG SCREEN.  Host will be PIFVA board member Michael Dennis.

Admission, refreshments, and praise (or criticism) from your peers will all be offered free of charge.  Even if you don’t have work to share, this is a great opportunity to meet and mix.

To have your film added to the screening schedule, just bring it to the theater box office, any time after 8:00 pm the day of the screening. Films are shown in the order registered.

Films or clips should be 10 minutes or less in length. For directions and more info about the venue, visit www.brynmawrfilm.org

Reelblack’s The 13th Amendment on MindTV 35

If you live in the Philly area please tune into MindTV/35 This Saturday night at 9pm for the Philly Broadcast Premiere of Mike D.’s The 13th Amendment. Award-winning short film follows a 90-year old great-grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Primary election. Also screening in this hour-long episode of PHILADELPHIA STORIES are pieces by Termite TV, Debbie Rudman & A. Q. Quintero, Louise Akanlu, Chris Castor and Rashid Zakat.

Repeats Sunday 2/28 at 1pm.

Reelblack Featured on Cover of Philadelphia Weekly

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Writer Gerry Christopher Johnson wrote an excellent feature on Reelblack founder Mike D. in this week’s Philadelphia Weekly.  It is on stands until Tuesday Night and available online here.

I think it does a great job of distilling the mission we’ve been pursuing for the past 7 years–to nurture an audience for quality Black film in the City of Brotherly Love.  The ultimate goal is to create quality work and encourage others to tell our own stories.  It’s very flattering to be recognized along with 6 other artists of color who are on the grind.  But anyone reading this should definitely take pride in this accomplishment as well.

Thanks for being a part of this dream.  There’s no way any of this could have been accomplished without  your support–emotionally, financially and physical. I thank you. I’m confident the best is yet to come.


Directed by Jeb Stuart, Blood Done Sign My Name is an epic civil rights drama based on the acclaimed book of the same name by prize-winning author and fellow African American studies scholar, Timothy Tyson. Part autobiography, part history of the civil rights movement in the South, it recounts the murder of Henry Marrow, a 23 year-old black Vietnam veteran who was shot and beaten to death by a prominent white businessman and his grown sons. It also chronicles the reaction to Morrows killing by his cousin, Ben Chavis, who organized a peaceful, fifty-mile march to the states capitol, as well as a ten year old Tyson, who watched as his father, the pastor of the all-white Methodist church, tried to get his congregation to accept the inevitability of integration. The film stars Nate Parker (The Great Debaters and the forthcoming Tuskegee Airmen saga, Red Tails) as Chavis who, as you know, went on to become Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP, Afemo Omilami (Forest Gump), Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale), Omar Benson Miller (Miracle at St. Anna) and Darrin Dewitt Henson (Stomp the Yard).  http://www.blooddonesignmynamethemovie.com/

Blood Done Sign My Name will play a limited run beginning today (hurry!) at the following theaters:

Philadelphia  AMC Neshaminy 24

Philadelphia  AMC Riverview 17

Philadelphia  69th Street

Cherry Hill, NJ  AMC Cherry Hill 24

Hamilton, NJ Ritz Hamilton 24

Burlington, NJ Burlington 20

Wilmington, DE  Brandywine 16

Oscars 2012 - The Reelblack Interviews

Reelblack TV was fortunate to interview several filmmakers in the past year who are nominated for this year’s Academy Awards.

Lee Daniels, whose film PRECIOUS is nominated for six statues (including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Supporting Actress and Screenplay) has appeared on our show three times.  Also nominated for best Animated Feature was THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.  We did an insightful interview with two of the lead animators.  THE COVE is nominated for Best Documentary and

THE MESSENGER (which will be re-released at the Ritz at the Bourse on Friday, February 19th) has received two Academy Award Nominations:


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - OREN MOVERMAN & ALESSANDRO CAMON.  We interviewed writer/director Moverman and co-star Ben Foster in the fall.  You can check out all these clips plus an older interview with Oscar nominee Mo’nique at



Author Milton McGriff (and longtime Reelblack member) will read from his action novel, “2236,” a tale of race, religion, repression and resistance, and sign copies. There will also be a Q and A. The reading’s from 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Feb. 18, 2010, at the Penn Boookstore, 36th & Walnut streets, in Philadelphia, PA.

Soul Food Cinema Presents GRAPES ON A VINE 2/19

What:  Soul Food Cinema Presents GRAPES ON A VINE (2010, 85 minutes)

When: Friday February 19, 2010 at 7pm

Where: The Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal R8 Train Station). Philadelphia, PA 19119.  Tel. 215-849-7771.

Cost: Free w/ purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal (10.99 and up).  DVDs will be availble for $10.00 at the show.


“Grapes on a Vine” is a feature film based on the story of a man who hires two criminals to kill his wife for the insurance money. Kyle is the Art director of the High Museum in Atlanta. He wants two things: an original Van Gough oil painting valued at $250,000.00 and a male child. His wife has been unable to conceive so he plans a camping trip where two men he’s hired plan to hang her to make it look like a racially motivated murder so Kyle can collect the $500,000.00 insurance policy and start a new life with a woman who will give him the son he’s always wanted. The film stars Jazsmin Lewis (Three can play that game, Traci Townsend, Barbershop 1 & 2) and GregAlan Williams (The Preacher’s Kid, Dirty Laundry, Remember the Titans, The Sopranos).

Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema Celebrates the DVD release of the romantic thriller GRAPES ON A VINE, starring Jazmin Lewis (Barbershop 1 & 2).  Filmmaker SKIP ROBBINS will be in attendance for a post film Q & A and DVD signing. http://www.grapesonavinemovie.com

Watch The Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi9sUUtnQpU


See the Philadelphia Premiere of the Film Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio

Panel discussion to follow.

Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm.

Calvary Church - 48th & Baltimore

Black Waxx Multimedia Director U-Savior Washington delivers a dynamic, gritty, controversial, inspirational and analytical documentary film, essential for those fighting to protect and take back non-corporate community-based radio.

This documentary shows that the tactics used by the corporate media to destroy Black radio are the same tactics being used today to undermine all community radio. Disappearing Voices-The Decline of Black Radio examines the history of broadcasting in general and Black Radio in particular.

Featuring interviews with many prominent voices in radio and politics (including Cody Anderson, Melvin Van Peebles and Chuck D.), it investigates what made Black Radio unique and highlights the careers of some of the jocks who changed the landscape of American Radio forever. http://disappearingvoices.com.  For more Information: 215-724-1618; Phillyiac@peoplesmail.net

Fuller to speak at screening of A Soldier’s Story

Philadelphia native and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Fuller will  lead the discussion at a screening of the 1984 film of his A Soldier’s Story on Friday, February 12th at 45:30pm at the Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street in Center City Philadelphia. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Art Sanctuary.  The group invited teachers, educators, and youth group leaders to an Educator Reception at 4:30pm.  RSVP by email here or by calling 215-232-4485.

PIFVA Presents SPEEDCREWING III: The Cue Sheet - Postponed to 2/18

NOTE RESCHEDULED DATE: Thursday, February 18

When: February 18th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, http://www.johnnybrendas.com/
Registration at: http://speedcrewing3.eventbrite.com/

Presented by the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO)

Back by popular demand!  Come join us at PIFVA’s annual networking event where Philadelphia’s independent media makers gather. This year we’re connecting composers, musicians, bands and all others of a musical persuasion with filmmakers looking for scores, cues or other sound effects.  Music from local composers will be played throughout the evening, and filmmakers will leave with their ears buzzing.

This year’s special focus is on music but the evening is, as usual, about mingling and the liberal exchange of business cards.  From PAs to producers, sound mixers to editors, composers to directors, this is for media makers from all sides of the industry.  Bring 40-50 business cards, and remember, while speedcrewing is an informal networking event you should be sure to have a thirty-second elevator pitch about your work ready to go.  Last year’s event drew over 120 people, and that’s a lot of folks to introduce yourself to.

Our MC this year will be Rich Wexler, VJ & DJ extraordinaire, and founder of Sherman Community Arts, an organization that promotes community building through music, films, and arts events (www.shermanarts.org).

*Note to Musicians: If you send us an mp3 in advance, we will be mixing your music throughout the evening as well as creating a “cue sheet” for filmmakers to follow up with you after the event.  If you’re interested, please email an MP3 file with 4 minutes or less of your original music to contactus@pifva.org by 2/4.  This can be an edited compilation of several songs, just one composition, or a mash-up or your work. Whatever you prefer, but in your email make sure to include your name or company and your contact information.