Become A Member At Tuesday’s Screening And Open The Door To Nearly $1000 in Savings

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film has obtained a limited number of passes to see RED, the new movie starring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.  Screening will take place Thursday October 7 in Manayunk.  But you must become a SEASON 8 Member on or before October 5 to take advantage of this deal.

For only $30 per Season, it is by far Philly’s best entertainment value.  Members receive ONE FREE TICKET to all five Reelblack Presents screenings at International House (a $50 value), plus invites to a minimum of 35 Free Advance Movie screenings over the next 11 months (an $830 value).

Join on or before October 5 and receive a FREE PASS FOR TWO to See RED starring Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis on 10/7 in Manayunk.

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A Reelblack Membership is definitely Philly’s best entertainment value.  At $30, it virtually pays for it self the moment you join.


Reelblack Kicks Off Its Eighth Season With The Philly Premiere Of COMING BACK FOR MORE: THE SEARCH FOR SLY STONE On October 5.


When: Tuesday October 5, 2010 at 7pm

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $10 Adults/ $8 Students, Seniors and Scribe Members. Free for Reelblack Season 8 Members. Membership is only $30 and includes a full Season of benefits including One free ticket to each of Reelblack’s shows at International house (a $50 value).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is pleased to present the Philadelphia premiere of William Alkema’s feature length documentary “Coming Back For More: The Search For Sly Stone.”

COMING BACK FOR MORE: THE SEARCH FOR SLY STONE (2010/74 min Color/ In English and Dutch with English Subtitles) chronicles Dutch filmmaker William Alkema’s five year quest to track down the reclusive ‘60s icon Sly Stone, a.k.a. Sylvester Stewart. As leader of the proto-funk chart topping group Sly And The Family Stone, his groundbreaking music influenced all that would follow. After a drug induced downward spiral, he quit recording in the late 70s. With the exception of a couple of failed attempts in the mid-80s, he was never heard from again. Having never granted an interview in over 20 years, Alkema is presented a daunting task. Where is Sly? What happened to make him leave the scene? What has he been up to since? Is he still making music?

With the help a private investigator, Alkema locates the Beverly Hills abode where Sly supposedly resides, but he is not to be seen. Over the course of several years, Alkema—along with a pair of obsessive Dutch twin biographers eventually gains the trust of former bandmates, friends and family members, who all want to see Sly perform again. Eventually, that wish is fulfilled with a special performance at the 2008 Grammys. But will the elusive genius grant an interview—his first in over two decades?

Part detective story/ part rockumentary, it is a long-overdue tribute to one of the seminal bands of the 60s with an unbelievable ending that makes this a must see for all fans of Rock, Soul, Pop and Funk.

“The only film on Sly you’ll ever see — anywhere. A wonderful documentary with a jaw-dropping ending.” Brad Abramson, Vice President VH1

Faith Trimel Interview - Family Out Now on DVD

In this clip from the Reelblack vaults, filmmaker Faith Trimel discusses the concept of Homocentric Film–film about the Gay lifestyle that doesn’t feel the need to underline its point of view. At Philly QFest 2009 to promote her feature film FAMILY, which tells the story of six friends who make a pact to “come out of the closet” within 30 days.
Family which she wrote, produced, directed edited and co-starred is now available for purchase exclusively through

Reelblack Presents Two Premieres In October

Reelblack will host two Philadelphia Premieres of quality Independent films in October.


When: Tuesday October 5, 2010 at 7pm

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $10 Adults/ $8 Students, Seniors and Scribe Members.  Free for Reelblack Season 8 Members

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At International House on October 5, we will screen COMING BACK FOR MORE: THE SEARCH FOR SLY STONE.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:  Over the years there have been many films made about famous musicians.  Biopics like What’s Love Got to Do with It? and Ray to concert films like Scorsese’s Rolling Stones-Shine A Light and countless others have featured just about all of the musical luminaries from decades past, except—Sly Stone. Like the Beatles and James Brown, Sly Stone left an indelible mark on music history and his influence can be witnessed in artists like Prince, the Black Eyed Peas and Raphael Saadiq.

It was time to pay homage to the forgotten legacy of Sly Stone.
Sly is not the kind of person who behaves like society expects a pop star. He is unconventional, unpredictable, and unyielding in his desire to do things his own way. He chose to leave the spotlight and live a life without publicity which made him almost forgotten. My curiosity for and appreciation about this musical recluse was my trigger to start searching for the elusive Sly Stone.

“The only film on Sly you’ll ever see — anywhere. A wonderful documentary with a jaw-dropping ending.” Brad Abramson, Vice President VH1


On October 15, we will present BURN: THE EVOLUTION OF AN AMERICAN CITY by Harold Jackson III (pictured) and WHEN EVERYBODY GOES HOME by Dina Dashiell.  Two gripping documentaries by homegrown talent.

What:  Soul Food Cinema Presents BURN/WHEN EVERYBODY GOES HOME

When: Friday October 15, 2010 at 7pm

Where: The Point of Destination Cafe, Greene and Upsal Streets Phialdelphia, PA 19119

Cost: Free w/ purchase of a Soul Food Cinema Meal ($10 and up)

BURN is a documentary based on the 1921 race riot in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the 16 hours of rioting, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, 35 city blocks were destroyed by fire, an estimated 10,000 people were left homeless and according to a Red Cross report close to 300 people were killed; making the Tulsa race riot the worst in US History. In this documentary writer, director and co-producer Harold Jackson III explores the effects of this horrific riot and how to this day the 16 hour event still has a huge impact on the city.  BEST DOCUMENTARY Arizona Black Film Fest.  AUDIENCE AWARD Langston Hughes Film Fest.

Dina Dashiell has created the short documentary, WHEN EVERYBODY GOES HOME, which explores her life experience, witnessing over thirty years of homicides in Philadelphia. Her loved ones happened to all be black males, killed by other black males. Having lost many men in her village, including a current case, her cousin’s son, her documentary will honor those forgotten men, and provide the community with a platform to speak, reflect, and honor the memory of their loved ones. Dina is a member of a tightly-knit family and neighborhood who have experienced very tragic loss on a large scale. It is her goal to spread awareness of how many lives have been changed immeasurably when a loved one is taken by homicide. The documentary will counter the ways in which news footage has become increasingly impersonal-presenting statistics rather than the truths of individual families destroyed by murders; it also provides a place for black men to articulate their emotional anguish, however painful, to engage the audience and help end the violence in Philadelphia and across the world. Recipient ART & CHANGE GRANT - LEEWAY FOUNDATION.

Macy Gray - “Kissed It” (Live in Philly)

Lee Scratch Perry - Live and Direct

Macy Gray on RBTV (Interview)


The Jungle and Philadelphia Community Media

Don’t miss this special chance to see this megarare documentary which was recently added to the National Registry of Film.

Friday, September 24 @ 7PM at Scribe 4212 Chestnut Street
Production guided by Harold Haskins (in person)

Admission $5.  Free for Scribe Members

Directed by Charlie “Brown” Davis
& David “Bat” Williams, Jimmy “Country” Robinson.
In 1967, a group of African-American teenagers in Philadelphia wrote, shot, acted in, and edited this hybrid documentary/dramatization of their involvement in the 12th and Oxford Street gang. Join us for this in-person screening of the The Jungle, declared “an American treasure” by the Library of Congress and selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry and a celebration of production facilitator Harold Haskins, filmmaker and long time member of the Dean’s Office at the University of Pennsylvania.

Freedom Riders
Tuesday, October 12, 7:30PM @ International House 3701 Chestnut Street.

$10; $8 seniors/students; $5 Scribe members.

Director Stanley Nelson in person! In 1961, during the first year of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, more than four hundred Americans participated in a bold and dangerous experiment designed to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation. These self-proclaimed “Freedom Riders” challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act. Traveling together in small interracial groups, they sat where they pleased on buses and trains and demanded unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, even in areas of the Deep South where such behavior was forbidden by law and custom. Their efforts were met with extreme violence and brought international attention to the fight against segregation, exploitation and racism known as the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Riders chronicles the story behind this courageous movement of civil rights activists.

Two Great Films In November

On Tuesday November 9, we will host the Philly premiere of Sarah Poindexter’s new comedy BRAINIACS IN LA LA LAND.

Inspired by a true story Brainiacs in La La Land portrays the journey of Hollywood director Amanda, played by Sarah Poindexter and her best friend Latina actress extraordinaire Liz, played by Aida Rodriguez.
The best friends are on a quest in Holly-Weird trying to make their mark on Tinseltown, and it’s all sex, lies and video tape as both women face issues when their sex lives collide with their careers.
Amanda, who prides herself on substance, is faced with a decision about her career and sex life that may have the very same result; getting screwed; when Amanda decides to quit the biz and is unable to see her true value through her own eyes “The Manager” played by Sean Riggs becomes the motivation she needs to get back on track. Both women fed up with the antics of the industry decide to take Hollywood by storm writing their own movie, one that finally tells the truth.

On Friday November 19, we will screen FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE (1982)  At The Point Of Destination Cafe, 6460 Greene Street in Mt. Airy.


This month marks the release of some noteworthy book and DVD releases.

JUST WRIGHT stars Queen Latifah as a physical therapist who develops a romance with an NBA Player (Common).  Out now from Fox DVD.

TINKER BELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE is Disney’s latest animated prequel featuring voice work by Lucy Liu and Raven-Symone.  Years before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a little girl with a steadfast belief in the power of pixie dust and the magic land of fairies. During the fairies’ summer visit to the flowering meadows of England, two very different worlds unite for the first time and Tink develops a special bond with a curious child in need of a friend. As her fellow fairies launch a daring rescue, Tinker Bell takes a huge risk, putting her own safety and the future of all fairykind in jeopardy. Releases Sept. 21 in a special DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack.

REVELATION is legendary Reggae producer Lee “Scrath” Perry’s latest CD release.  It features guest appearances by Keith Richards and George Clinton.  Expect the unexpected when the “Godfather Of Dub” is at the controls.

BECOMING A WOMAN OF DESTINY: TURNING LIFE’S TRIALS INTO TRIUMPHS Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook-known to thousands as “Dr. Sujay” and “the Wall Street Pastor.”  BAWOD is one of the most accomplished and highly regarded ministers and spiritual teachers of our time.   is a book every woman needs in order to walk confidently into the new season of her greatness.

Intimacy was inspired by KEM’s deeply personal lessons on intimacy and it will allow fans to experience him unlike ever before musically, lyrically, and visually. For the first time in his career, KEM will lay all of his cards on the table and grant fans the opportunity to get up close and personal while delivering a 10-song collection of timeless music for the grown and sexy.

Enter to win.
Send an email with your FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and THE PHRASE ” SEPTEMBER CONTESTS” to  Winners will be announced at the end of the month.

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