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N-Secure In Top 20 For 2nd Week

Freestyle Releasing’s got a hit!  N-SECURE, the Memphis-shot indie thriller earned $551,096 in its second weekend of release, bringing its two week total to just over $2 million on 445 screens.  It was the #14 movie in the nation the first weekend of release (#1 was Jackass 3-D).  This weekend its #18. That’s pretty good for a film budgeted at just 1.6 million.  Congrats to everyone involved.

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Our Next Event 11/9

On Tuesday November 9, Reelblack will showcase two new films by native Philly talent.

What: Reelblack Presents BRAINIACS IN LA LA LAND and PUNCH ME

Two new films by Philly natives. FILMMAKERS IN PERSON!

When: Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-387-5125

Cost: Free admission Reelblack Season 8 members and IHouse 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.

Brainiacs in La La Land

(2010/ dir. Sarah Poindexter/ 70 mins.)

Inspired by a true story Brainiacs in La La Land portrays the journey of Hollywood director Amanda, played by Philly transplant 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.

Punch Me (2010/dir. Robert X. Golphin/ 13 min)

A special “preview” screening of the new short film written, directed and starring by Robert X. Golphin. With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most.

“Sometimes A Push Is All You Need”

Starring Robert X. Golphin (Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters”), Brian Anthony Wilson (HBO’s “The Wire”), and introducing Elwood Idris Simon.

Executive Producers: Lori M. Childress & Michael J. Panichelli, Jr. Produced by Gail Y. Bennett.

Philly Premiere Of Night Catches Us 11/22 & 23

Centerpiece: Philadelphia Film Festival Friday October 22 @ 7:30PM Prince Theatre & Saturday October 23 @ 12:30PM Ritz 5 Theatre
Opens to the public:  December 3

Ms. Washington and Ms. Hamilton (along with other cast and crew) will be in attendance at Friday Night’s screening.
Music composed and performed by The Roots. Filmed in Germantown, PA.
In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker”) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington, “Ray,” “Lift”) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.
Running time: 88 minutes
Rated: R

This event is bound to sell out.  To pre-order your tickets now


Send Us Your Ticket Stub and Win!

Send us your ticket stub from this weekend’s screening of either N-SECURE or CREAM and have a chance to win a specially selected DVD prize courtesy of Reelblack Inc.

Must be postmarked before 10/20/2010.  Please send along with a note containing your full name and address to

Ticket Stub Contest
PO Box 12302
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Winner will be selected randomly.

Dinner And A Movie This Friday!

On October 15, we will present BURN: THE EVOLUTION OF AN AMERICAN CITY by Harold Jackson III 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.

Reelblack’s Mike D. To Host Panel This Saturday In Harlem

Reelblack founder Mike D. will moderate the OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES:The New Wave in (Digital)Television panel this Saturday at 1:30pm at this year’s QBC Fest in Harlem.  Spread the word.  Tix only $5 Visit for details.

The National Black Theatre

2031 5th Avenue between 125 & 126 streets
New York, NY

N-SECURE New Thriller Gets National Release This Friday.

Perhaps you’ve seen the trailers online or on TVOne. A theater listing for the new thriller, N-SECURE has just been released. The film, starring Essece Atkins, Tempestt Bledsoe and Lamman Rucker opens this Friday in 500 theaters, including The Pearl At Avenue North, AMC Franklin Mills The UA Riverview, UA Movies at 69th Street, AMC Loews Cherry Hill and AMC Deptford.

N-Secure is a no holds-barred thrilling drama mixed with murder, mayhem and manipulation among affluent professionals. This film sheds light on a man’s downfall from the pinnacles of success into the depths of his damaged character. His insecurities lead him into a series of troubled romantic relationships and eventually a web of events that include betrayal and murder.

For a complete list of theaters and to pre-order tickets nationwide visit

CREAM THE SERIES PREMIERE 10/23-24 at The Arts Garage

Philly’s own CLAYTON PRINCE will debut his latest project this Saturday 10/16 and 10/17 for a limited run at The Arts Garage and the Susquehanna Bank Center.

THE ARTS GARAGE 1533 FAIRMOUNT AVE (15TH AND FAIRMOUNT) PHILADELPHIA PA and the Susquehanna Bank Center 1 Harbour Bld Camden, NJ

Cream is a 1 Hour episodic series set around the world of music. Winston St. James soons discovers that it’s lonely at the top. He must defend his empire, Big Balla Records, from the greedy hands of family, friends and lovers. How does he keep it all together? You’ll just have to come out and see.

Written, directed and starring Clayton Prince (The Cosby Show, Cover) , the show features all local talent from actors to musicians to fashion designers.

Check out the debut episode this weekend.

Cover charge is $7.00

Showtimes for the Arts Garage on the 16th and 17h are: 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30

Showtimes for the Susquehanna Bank Center for the 16th: 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm,5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Then for the 17th is 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.


Have you pre-ordered your tickets for the Philly Premiere of NIGHT CATCHES US at the Philadelphia Film Festival next Friday 10/22 at the Prince Music Theater at 7:30pm.  The Sundance Hit was filmed entirely in the City of Brotherly Love and stars Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, who is expected to attend.

A second screening is scheduled for 12:30pm on 10/23 at the Ritz Five

Don’t miss out on being the first to see this powerful new drama set around the romance between two fomer Black Panthers circa 1976.  Pre-order your tickets now at


In case you missed it a couple month’s back, Mark Landsmans thrilling music doc THUNDER SOUL HAS just been added to the fest lineup.  Will Screen next Saturday 10/23 at 5:05pm International House.  Visit
for info/to purchase tix.

Also, M. Night Shyalaman is confirmed to do a post film Q&A at the Unbreakable 10 Year Anniversary Screening at the fest on 10/21 at 7:20pm Prince Music Theater.

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