Movie Meetup This Saturday at 1:45pm NOTE CHANGES

What: First Weekend Field Trip in Support of THE GRACE CARD starring Lou Gossett, Jr.

When: Saturday 2/26 First Matinee 1:45pm

Where: UA Riverview Theater, Columbus Blvd and Reed Streets (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)

Cost: $8.00 Matinee + Lunch

I just called the Pearl Theater.   They are not running THE GRACE CARD ad previously stated.  Therefore we must move the meetup to THE UA RIVERVIEW theater’s 1:45 screening. The Riverview is at Columbus Boulevard and Reed Streets in South Philly.

By the time the movie’s over we’ll be into Dinner Hours at Ruby Buffet, our usual spot.  So, dinner is optional but I hope everyone can make it.

Reelblack is planning a First Weekend Field Trip in support of THE GRACE CARD on Saturday February 26 at 12pm (first Matinee show).UA Riverview Theater, Columbus Blvd and Reed.  Lunch/Dinner at Ruby Buffet  w discussion and giveaways.  Everything is dutch treat, which means each party purchases their own tickets and food.


The Grace Card is an indie feature starring Michael Joiner and Lou Gossett. Our aim is to support “Good Movie ’bout Black Folks.” It opens 2/25 on over 500 screens.  View trailer at

Everything can change in an instant … and take a lifetime to unravel.

When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God … and just about everyone else.

Mac’s rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he’s partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor and a loving family man.

To RSVP, simply send an email to with your full name and number of guests or log in and RSVP at

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The Inheritance (2011) Tuesday 3/1 At International House

What: Reelblack Presents THE INHERITANCE, a new horror thriller

Where: Ibrahim Theater at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street • Philadelphia, PA 19104 • 215-387-5127

When: Tuesday March 1, 2011 at 7pm.

Cost: $8 general admission; ; $6 students + seniors; Free for Reelblack Season 8 members and IHouse members above Internationalist level. In advance at TicketWeb + 866.468.7619 or 1/2 hour before showtime at The Ibrahim Theater box office

On Tuesday March 1 at 7pm, Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film will host the Philly Premiere of THE INHERITANCE, the new horror/thriller written and directed by Robert O Hara and produced by Effie T. Brown. Screening will take place at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in University City.

The Inheritance (2011, Color, 84 min, dir Robert O’Hara) In the tradition of The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby, comes One Village Entertainment’s gothic horror thriller The Inheritance.. Five young family friends gather during a winter storm for a ‘secret’ reunion at the family estate. They are all bright and talented going about their lives as they see best. The connection to their tortured history is one of only passing fascination. They are completely ignorant that every choice they’ve in their lives has actually been made for them. The reunion turns deadly when the elders have to make good on an ancient pact with a spirit of an ancestor. Now, it’s this generation’s turn to make the ultimate sacrifice. It is their duty and their destiny, but they won’t give up without a fight to survive. Featuring an all-star cast including Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”), two-time Emmy® Award-winner Keith David (“The Cape,” “Requiem for a Dream”), Db Woodside (“24”), and Darrin Dewitt Henson (“Stomp the Yard”). The Inheritance delivers powerful performances, stunning imagery and heart-stopping twists that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Official selection Urbanworld Film festival, Twin Cities Black International Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. View The trailer at Sponsored by International House, Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly,, WURD 900-AM Radio and L.W. Farmbry and Associates.

Speed Dating DVD Contest

This week, two lucky Reelblack fans will win a copy of the just-released DVD of SPEED DATING starring Wesley Jonathan, Chico Benymon and Holly Robinson-Peete Courtesy Image Entertainment.

Synopsis: A high-energy romantic comedy that follows three bachelors, speeding through life and scheming on women. When it comes to the opposite sex, it’s about the “chase” and “finish line.” Dog (Chico Benymon, Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story) and Beaver (Leonard Robinson, TV’s Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out) spend their last dime on a nightclub, while Too Cool (Wesley Jonathan, Roll Bounce) devises the ultimate scheme to get women and money — SPEED-DATING!  Speed dating is available now for rental, streaming and purchase at all fine vendors.

To enter to win, simply send an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS in the body of the email and the phrase “SPEED-DATING DVD” in the subject line to Winner will be announced this Friday. Good Luck!

Congratulations to Carroll Morris of Germantown. Her name was randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of Tanya Hamilton’s NIGHT CATCHES US, which was just released DVD. Prize comes courtesy of Magnolia Home Video.

Mark Awoyera and Janeya Hilse were chosen to receive brand new copies of STILL BILL: THE BILL WITHERS STORY courtesy Docurama Films.

We’ll be giving away at least one cool prize every week this month so be sure to check your email regularly/ visit our website for info on how to win.



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Reelblack is proud to be one of the inaugural members of AFFRM (The African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), a new theatrical distribution entity powered by the nation’s finest black film festival organizations. The collective will theatrically release quality independent African-American films through simultaneous limited engagements in select cities.

The first AFFRM release is slated for March 11, 2011 with the festival award-winning feature, I WILL FOLLOW. Starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick, with Blair Underwood and Beverly Todd. It will have an exclusive one-week engagement at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 beginning March 11.

I WILL FOLLOW explores the surprising thirst for life we experience after the death of someone we love. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the festival award-winning drama chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), and the twelve visitors who help her move forward in a brave, new world. The film is an official selection of AFI Fest, Chicago International Film Festival, RiverRun Film Festival and winner of Urbanworld Film Festival for Narrative Audience Award. It was named “The Best Film of 2010” by View trailer at

For more about AFFRM, visit

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Soul Food Cinema This Friday - EVERYDAY BLACK MAN (2011)

What: Soul Food Cinema Celebrates The DVD release of EVERYDAY BLACK MAN (2011/Color/105 min. dir. Carmen Madden).

When: Friday February 18, 2011 7pm – 9:30pm.

Where: The Point of Destination Café, 6460 Greene Street Philadelphia, PA (inside the Upsal R8 Train Station)

Cost: FREE w/ purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($12.00 and up).

On Friday, February 18, we celebrate the eOne Entertainment release of Carmen Madden’s 2010 festival hit EVERYDAY BLACK MAN, starring Henry Brown (Not Easily Broken), Omari Hardwick (I Will Follow) and Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls).

After closing the door to a violent past, quiet and thoughtful Moses Stanton everyday existence is running a small neighborhood grocery store, and watching over his daughter who doesn’t know he exists. However, when a drug dealer targets Moses’ store for his drug operations, and befriends him and his daughter by pretending to be a Black Muslim leader for the community, Moses must become the man he used to be in order to save his beloved neighborhood and his daughter. Plus surprises and giveaways. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at this event. Official Selection: Urbanworld Film Festival, American Black Film Festival. View the trailer at Arrive early as seating is limited.

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Movie Meetup This Saturday Afternoon For Mooz-Lum

What: First Weekend Field Trip in support of MOOZ-LUM starring Evan Ross and Danny Glover
When: Saturday February 12, 2011 at 4:15pm
Where: AMC Franklin Mills Cinema.  903 Franklin Mill Circle Philadelphia, PA
Cost: roughly $20 (dutch treat)  RSVP by sending an email to

Since its very important to support African-American film–in theaters, not on bootleg, we’re hosting a special field trip this Saturday to support MOOZ-LUM, one of the most talked about movies of the season.

Growing up under a strict father and the even stricter tutelage of his fundamentalist Muslim teachers, Tariq enters college questioning his faith, values, and identity. With the encouragement of his sister, his friends, and a sympathetic world-religions professor, he reluctantly searches for answers. When the sudden cataclysm of 9/11 inflames anti-Muslim fervor on campus, Tariq is forced to make a stand one way or the other.

MOOZ-LUM stars Evan Ross (Diana’s son) in his first starring role. Writer/Director Quasim Basir will be on hand to after the screening to shake hands & take pix.

Details are still coming in on this one so please check later in the week.  The plan is to attend the 4:15 screening at Franklin Mills and then walk over to the mall’s food court for discussion and giveaways.  Filmmaker Q Basir is expected to introduce the 7pm screening (which is likely to sell out so we’re going to the earlier one).  He will then head over to meet us in the food court to spend a few minutes taking pictures and answering questions.

Everything is dutch treat, which means each party purchases their own tickets and food.

Any questions, please post on this page and I’ll respond daily.

Mooz-lum is opening in 11 cities across the country beginning March 11.  for trailer and more info about this film visit


Brown Bag Lunch w/ Ava DuVernay

What: Brown Bag Lunch w/ Filmmaker Ava DuVernay
Presented by PIFVA, and Scribe Video Center
Where: Scribe Video Center 4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19104
When: Thursday February 10, 2011 11am-12:30pm
Cost: Free (light refreshments provided)

The maker of the upcoming feature film I WILL FOLLOW shares her insight on DIY filmmaking, marketing and distribution.

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or directly by sending an email to


Bring your lunch along and meet award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay this Thursday at 11am as she discusses her new film, I WILL FOLLOW and THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT (AFFRM).

DuVernay is a successful marketer of major Hollywood studio film. DuVernay formed her award-winning publicity firm, The DuVernay Agency, in 1999. The company is currently known as DVA Media + Marketing. DVA has provided strategy and execution for more than 100 film and television campaigns by directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, Robert Rodriguez, Bill Condon, Raoul Peck, Gurinder Chadha and Reggie & Gina Bythewood.

After nearly 10 years devising campaigns for others, DuVernay made her feature directorial debut with the documentary, THIS IS THE LIFE (2008), which won audience awards in Los Angeles, Toronto and Seattle. The film opened theatrically in March 2009, and premiered on Showtime Networks in May 2009. The film was financed, produced, marketed and distributed by DuVernay’s DVA Media + Marketing. March 11, 2011 marks the release of her narrative feature film debut, I WILL FOLLOW, in five cities through AFFRM. AFFRM is Ava’s brainchild. The goal is to find an alternate distribution paradigm for Black Independent film where the creative talent maintains ownership of their work.


AFFRM’s Mission Statement

AFFRM is the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. AFFRM is a high-profile collaboration of the nation’s finest black film festivals. AFFRM delivers quality images of color on the big screen to urban communities via simultaneous theatrical release.AFFRM celebrates fresh voices in black filmmaking. AFFRM uplifts the black community. AFFRM authenticates its sponsor partners. AFFRM is a bold new chapter in black cinema. AFFRM is history in the making.

At the brown bag lunch, Ava will discuss her vision for self-distribution of independent film, using THIS IS THE LIFE and I WILL FOLLOW as case studies. Ava recently held a trio of dinners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with over two dozen filmmakers and film thinkers, to garner feedback for this brave new concept. It is our hope to recreate that experience this Thursday afternoon. While AFFRM is geared specifically toward African-American Film, the information shared at this event will benefit any independent filmmaker interested in maintaining ownership of their work. For AFFRM to be a success, we need your participation, feedback and energy at this early stage. Spread the word! This promises to be an unforgettable event.


For Further Info:

Ava Duvernay’s Website:
I Will Follow Official Website:
To see footage from AFFRM’s Sundance Dinner Meetings and trailer for I Will Follow visit:
RBTV Interview with Ava:
NY Times Article:
Black Enterprise Featurette:

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