HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana - Philadelphia Premiere

HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana + The Revival
Tuesday, May 4 at 7pm
International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
www.ihousephilly.org
Free admission members above Internationalist level; $5 Internationalists;

$6 students + seniors; $8 general admission. In advance at TICKETWEB or 1/2 hour before showtime at The Ibrahim Theater Box Office.

HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana
dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, US/ Ghana, 2008, video, 58 mins, color, English & Twi w/ English subtitles

Director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi in person

West Africa has a long-standing tradition of traveling storytellers known as griots, who combine poetry, music, and oral history. In Accra , Ghana a group of young musicians are continuing this legacy and have captured the attention of international audiences. Over the past decade, hip-hop music has merged with high-life, the traditional pop music of West Africa, and this fusion has led to the birth of a new musical genre called HipLife. HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana chronicles V.I.P. (Vision In Progress), Ghana’s most talented and successful group in the emerging HipLife movement, over the span of ten years as they embark upon an international tour. V.I.P.’s. members are unique, coming from a diverse set of religious affiliations, ethnic groups, and language backgrounds. Its members include: Emanuel “Promzy” Abibio, Abdul Hamid “Lazzy” Ibrahim, and Joseph Nana “Prodigal” Ofori.

preceded by

The Revival - Philadelphia Premiere

dir. Invincible, US/Czech Republic/Germany/Denmark/Switzerland/Sweden/ Austria, 2009, video, 16 mins, color

Director Invincible in person

The Revival gives a candid glimpse into the first meeting of legendary Hip-Hop pioneer Roxanne Shante and veteran Philly emcee Bahamadia, as they trade stories of their struggles and triumphs in the industry over their long careers. It shows the exchange of lessons between them and up-and-coming artists DJ Shortee Los Angeles), Eternia (Toronto), Stacy Epps (Atlanta), and Invincible

(Detroit). This short documentary, a collage of performances and behind the scenes footage, was filmed by Invincible while on the road in Europe as part of We-B Girlz all women independent Hip-Hop tour. The largest all female Hip-Hop tour of its kind, We-B Girlz spanned over three weeks, six countries, and featured dozens of female artists who performed for tens of thousands of supporters.

Check out RBTV’s exclusive interview w/ Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi below:

WIN A COPY OF WHY WE LAUGH ON DVD

For those who missed our screening of Robert Townsend’s WHY WE LAUGH: BLACK COMEDIANS ON COMEDY last week, it is OUT NOW ON DVD.

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is giving the chance for one lucky reader to win a copy on DVD.

Timely, insightful, and downright funny, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy is a sweeping account of the evolution of black comedy in America. Inspired by comedian Darryl Littleton’s book, director Robert Townsend crafted a no-holds-barred documentary that is both an insider’s take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of black comedy. Townsend and Newell enrich this hilarious and spectacularly archived film by including interviews with prominent scholars, politicians, cultural critics, and a host of notable comics, including Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Eddie Griffin.

Enter To Win

Simply send an email with YOUR FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “WHY WE LAUGH DVD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to contests@reelblack.com

Good Luck!

Our Next Event


Reelblack wraps Season 7 with Soulf Food Cinema DVD release celebration of AFTER AUTUMN by Philly’s own Jamal Hill.

Friday May 21 at 7pm.
The Point of Destination Cafe, Greene and Upsal Streets in Philly.

New Cheech and Chong Movie on DVD Now.


farmbry
If you only know Cheech and Chong from their classic stoner comedies, here’s a chance to see them revisit may of the classic bits from their 70s comedy albums in this live concert film, shot during their recent reunion tour.

On Blu-Ray and DVD now.

RES at JOHNNY BRENDA’S THIS WEDNESDAY


They say that it’s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll, and that’s an expression singer/songwriter Res knows all too well. 2001 was the year Res changed the game with How I Do, a cross-genre masterpiece that she co-penned with childhood friend Santi White (now known as Santigold).

Now, she is releasing her second solo album full ofsongs that were previously unreleased from her Geffen days coupled with newly penned hymns of heartache, love, and rebirth, Black.Girls.Rock! is the long-awaited album that will live up to every fan’s expectation.

Black. Girls. Rock!
is available as a free download on her website and in physical format at Sound Of Market Street and other fine retailers.

Performing live on Thursday April 28 at Johnny Brendas
1201 Frankford Avenue. Tix just $10.

http://www.johnny
brendas.com/event-
details/?tfly_
event_id=6997

IN THEATERS NOW

This is a pretty good weekend for movies.  THE LOSERS starring Zoe Sadana, columbus Short and Idris Elba is out Now, along with JLo’s return to Rom-Coms, THE BACK-UP PLAN.

The Aussie Film Noir THE SQUARE also debuts.  And DEATH AT A FUNERAL, KICK-ASS AND WHY DID I GET MARRIED, TOO continue.

Be sure to check out RBTV’s exclusive interview with THE SQUARE filmmaker Nash Edgerton here: www.youtube.com/user/reelblack

*****

Plus THE CARTEL, Bob Bowdin’s expose of the crumbling education system will return to the Ritz Bourse next Friday April 30 for a limited engagement.  http://www.thecartelmovie.com/

Computer Love…The Return


farmbryFor those of you who didn’t make the premiere of Mike Pender’s hilarious debut feature, Computer
Love (starring Atif Lanier), come out to one of two screenings (at 6 and 8:30 PM) in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 29th! Tickets are available for $10
at www.Computer
LovetheMovie.com and
at the door!

*Official after party at Ms. Tootsie’s RBL (1312 South Street) from 10 P-2A!*Only $10 at door!

Check out RBTV’s exclusive interview with the Harmageddo Filmmaking collective here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9oORWmxZOc

Reelblack Presents WHY WE LAUGH 4/20 @ IHouse

On Tuesday April 20, 2010 at 7pm, Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film will host the Philadelphia Theatrical Premiere of Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell’s 2009 Sundance hit, WHY WE LAUGH: BLACK COMEDIANS ON COMEDY.  Hosted by Monica Peters.  Featuring a short set by Philly comic JOSH KOSH.

Screening will take place at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA 19104.

*****

Timely, insightful, and downright funny, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy is a sweeping account of the evolution of black comedy in America. Inspired by comedian Darryl Littleton’s book, director Robert Townsend crafted a no-holds-barred documentary that is both an insider’s take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of black comedy. Townsend and Newell enrich this hilarious and spectacularly archived film by including interviews with prominent scholars, politicians, cultural critics, and a host of notable comics, including Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Eddie Griffin.

Comedian JOSH KOSH will be in the building!

Comedian JOSH KOSH will be in the building!

Why We Laugh tracks the way black comedy has evolved from Stepin Fetchit and minstrels in blackface to the politically tinged humor of Dick Gregory, and from the television success of Good Times and The Jeffersons to the big-screen accomplishments of stars like Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg. Townsend turns a perceptive eye on the controversial career of Dave Chapelle and the implications of corporate efforts to capitalize on the massive successes of Russell Simmons’s Def Comedy Jam and Spike Lee’s The Original Kings of Comedy. A major historical contribution to American culture and a hoot to watch. Why We Laugh is a tribute to the way individuals can change history, as well as a cautionary tale about how tenuous that change can be. Official Selection 2009 Sundance and Roxbury Film Festivals.

Check Out The Official Website
http://www.why-we-laugh.com

Free admission Reelblack Season 7 + IHouse members above Internationalist level; $5 Internationalists, $8 students + seniors, $10 general admission.

NASH EDGERTON ON RBTV

Filmmaker and Stunt Performer NASH EDGERTON talks about making the transition from making award-winning shorts like SPIDER and DEADLINE to his feature debut, THE SQUARE, co-written by his brother, Joel. He speaks to the elements of making a good short film, working with friends (he’s part of a collective called Blue-Tongue Films) and his goals for the future. Filmed at The Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia on 4/9/2010. The Square opens in the US on April 23 through Apparition. A Reelblack exclusive.
Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/bluetonguefilms

WHY WE LAUGH Filmmaker on Dr. Richard Cooper’s Show Today


If you happen to be near a computer or radio from Noon to 12:30pm today (Friday), please do your best to tune into WURD-AM 900 Radio.  Filmmaker Quincy Newell will be on air to discuss his film “WHY WE LAUGH: BLACK COMEDIANS ON BLACK COMEDY.”  Newell, an executive at Codeblack Entertainment co-directed the film with Robert Townsend.

WURD can be heard live on the internet through http://www.900amwurd.com/
Just click the “Listen Live” link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.

I may also call in as a surprise.

Why We Laugh screens Tuesday night at International House. Details are at www.reelblack.com.

Also, I understand we received coverage in Philadelphia Weekly, Rolling Out Weekly and Friday’s Phiadelphia Tribune. Please support these fine publications.

Next Page →