Enter For Your Chance To Win Tickets To See Questlove of The Roots And Rennie Harris Puremovement Perform In Philly

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Enter For Your Chance To Win Tickets To See Questlove of The Roots And Rennie Harris Puremovement Perform In Philly

Weekend Getaway in Philadelphia

April 16 - 18

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is all about fusing genres and creating an experience that doesn’t come around every day. Philly 360 is offering you a chance to win a weekend in Philly to see this fusion first hand with hip hop performances merging with cultural attractions. Enter here to win a Philly weekend getaway to see Questlove of The Roots, hip hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement and a special exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia which looks at the lives of African Americans during the Jim Crow era who were seeking artistic freedom in Paris, including Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, and Josephine Baker.

One winner will be chosen to win:

Transportation to and from Philadelphia via train

Two night stay at the DoubleTree By Hilton Philadelphia Center City

A pair of tickets to see Rennie Harris Puremovement on April 16

A pair of tickets to see Questlove of The Roots perform with Keren Ann on April 17

Admission to The African American Museum in Philadelphia for Free to Be exhibition on April 17

Restaurant gift certificate to a local restaurant

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Ava DuVernay’s indie drama, I WILL FOLLOW, continues its historic run this weekend with additions to

Showtimes for Friday are 10:40am 12:55pm 3:05pm 5:20pm 7:40pm 9:50pm 12:00am

This means, you can see this critically acclaimed hit without crossing the bridge/paying a toll.  Tell a friend, bring a friend.  It will play there for at least a week.


For the thousands who have already seen the film thanks for your support.  You’ve proven that with a small bit of marketing, independently produced Black film is viable in theaters–not on bootleg.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this email to friends.

Check out the trailer on the official website, www.iwillfollowfilm.com

Below is the full press release:


In its third week of release beginning Friday, March 25, 2011, the critically-acclaimed dramatic feature I WILL FOLLOW will extend theatrical engagements on 10 screens in top markets and add several new cities through the African-American film distribution collective, AFFRM.

In concert with AMC Independent, I WILL FOLLOW will continue into its third week in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte and two cities in New Jersey.  The film will begin an exclusive engagement in Los Angeles at the acclaimed arthouse theater, The Downtown Independent.

I WILL FOLLOW will continue to expand into new theaters and new cities through hybrid booking, utilizing the AMC circuit while integrating independent venues and special engagements with partner festivals off-circuit.  The film will open for standard theatrical engagements at new AMC theaters in Hampton, VA and Philadelphia, PA.  In addition, AFFRM festival partners in Nashville, Wilmington and Oakland will present special one-night engagements on the weekend of March 25-26.

I WILL FOLLOW will make its international premiere with presentations in London as Opening Night Selection at Images of Black Women Film Festival, and in Toronto as Closing Night Selection of Reelworld Film Festival.  Both presentations will take place in April 2011.

“We hoped we would make it to this point, and here we are.  We’re thrilled to implement AFFRM’s second wave release strategy, integrating black film festivals around the world with top-market domestic screens,” explained I WILL FOLLOW director and AFFRM founder Ava DuVernay.  “Through a combination of traditional exhibitors and festival exhibitors, I WILL FOLLOW will screen in three countries and in more than a dozen U.S. cities in the coming weeks.  Our goal is to bring quality black independent films to diverse film lovers far and wide.  So far, so good.”

I WILL FOLLOW stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Michole White and Dijon Talton, with Blair Underwood and Beverly Todd.  In addition to a “thumbs up” from Roger Ebert, the film has garnered praise from critics at Village Voice, LA Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, NY Daily News and more.


Please joyfully watch & aggressively share this beautiful footage from I WILL FOLLOW opening weekend. Today kicks off our expansion into 22 theaters in 15 cities! Need to get the word out to NY, LA, CHI, ATL, Phil, Det, Boston, NJ, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, San Fran/Oakland & Miami. Will you watch and share?

Soul Food Cinema Presents HEARING RADMILLA on 3/18

What: Soul Food Cinema Presents HEARING RADMILLA, a film by Angela Webb

When: Friday March 18 at 7pm.

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

Cost: Free w/ purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($12 and up).

Hearing Radmilla
Director: Angela Webb
82 Minutes • USA • Documentary Feature

www.hearingradmilla.net www.radmillacody.net

Hearing Radmilla is a portrait of Radmilla Cody, Miss Navajo Nation 1997. She becomes one of the Navajo’s most polarizing pop culture figures, as the first bi-racial Miss Navajo. During the pageant competition, Radmilla out-performed the others and won the title, but victory was not entirely sweet. Some argued that she could never truly represent the Navajo people. Others contended that identity was a way of life and not simply a matter of blood quantum. The debate played out in the local editorial pages.

Radmilla refused to be outdone. She’d grown up on the reservation with her maternal grandmother, speaking Navajo and herding sheep. Although Radmilla had faced bigotry her grandmother always taught her, that she was undeniably Navajo.

So with her sterling silver crown in place, Radmilla traveled around ‘the rez’ fulfilling her duties. A brilliant vocalist, she charmed the community with song. Eventually, Radmilla Cody became one of the most popular Miss Navajos ever.

Following the pageant, Radmilla embarked on a singing career. She released award-winning albums of traditional Navajo songs, and became a highly sought after local celebrity. By all indications Radmilla Cody was destined for further prominence and fame.

Then her life took an unforeseen turn. Circumstances that began before her days in the public eye were the cause. Radmilla had become involved in an abusive relationship with a man who would later be described in the press as a drug ‘kingpin.’

In 2002, the man was indicted and tried for drug trafficking. Radmilla was included in the indictment and had to face the courts as well. That fall, she was convicted of misprison of a felony (failing to report criminal activities) and sentenced to 21 months in a federal corrections facility.

Since her release in July 2004, Radmilla Cody, ever resilient, has put her life back together. She continues to make music and has released two more albums. Always willing to take on new challenges, she has returned to school and is now completing her undergraduate degree in Communications with a Minor in Sociology. Today, Radmilla is also an active spokesperson against domestic violence. She created the ‘Strong Spirit ‘ Life is Beautiful Not Abusive’ campaign in efforts to raise awareness on and off the reservations.

Hearing Radmilla Trailer from Angela Webb on Vimeo.


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Marks First-Ever Simultaneous National Theatrical Release

Powered Solely By Grassroots Organizations

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2011) –The critically-acclaimed drama I WILL FOLLOW hailed by Roger Ebert as “one of the best films I’ve seen about the loss of a loved one,” tallied the third highest reported grosses among the weekend’s ten new independent specialty releases with a $11,428 per screen average.  The film was distributed on five screens in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle by the new African-American film distribution collective, AFFRM, in concert with AMC Independent.  Chronicling a day in the life of a black woman at a personal crossroads, I WILL FOLLOW doubled the reported per-screen average of the sole studio offering with an African-American cast this year to date, “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.”

AFFRM will capitalize on the success of the film’s opening weekend with an aggressive expansion from five screens in five cities to 22 screens in 15 cities beginning Friday, March 18.  The additional cities include Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte and Jersey City.  The initial five markets will continue into second week.

“The success of AFFRM’s first theatrical release is a victory for those who believe in the necessity of diverse cinematic images,” explained I WILL FOLLOW director and AFFRM founder Ava DuVernay.  “I WILL FOLLOW marks the first-ever simultaneous national theatrical release by grassroots organizations, and I’m proud to stand with our partners at BronzeLens in Atlanta, Imagenation and Urbanworld in New York, ReelBlack in Philadelphia and Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival in Seattle as we celebrate this milestone in black film.”

An official selection of AFI Fest and Chicago International Film Festival and winner of Urbanworld, Pan-African and BronzeLens Film Festivals, I WILL FOLLOW stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Michole White and Dijon Talton, with Blair Underwood and Beverly Todd.  In addition to a “thumbs up” from Roger Ebert, the film has garnered praise from critics at Village Voice, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer, Seattle Times, BET, New York Daily News and more.

I Will Follow First Weekend Trivia Contest


Congrats to Laura Bryce, Meg Wiholm and Patti Butler, who won signed items in our I WILL FOLLOW Trivia contest.

AFFRM’s (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement) opening night of I WILL FOLLOW was an unqualified success.  Thousands of people came out in support all over the country.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please make the effort to see it today.  In theaters–not on bootleg.  In the Philly area its at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill -2121 Route 38, Cherry Hill 08002

FULL SHOWTIMES: 10:05am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:55pm, 7:20pm, 9:50pm

TICKETS: Buy Tickets Here

Let’s ignite a New Black Film Revolution.  Please spread the word and bring a friend.


I Will Follow First Weekend Trivia Contest.

Answer the 3 questions below and email them to contests@reelblack.com

For a chance to win one of the following

· A Words and Music Vol 3 CD Signed by Jill Scott.

· A Jesus Was Black DVD signed by Mr. Paul Mooney.

· A copy of Foxy, The Autobiography signed by Pam Grier.

Question 1. Maye (Salli Richardson) was a successful ______ before she took time off to care for her Aunt.

Question 2. Amanda (Beverly Todd) was a top session musician. The YouTube video captures her playing wkat instrument? _________.

Question 3. Troy (Omari Hardwick) first met Maye while working as a ___________.

Hurry! Answers must be received by Noon on Sunday March 13. Three winners will be chosen at random from the entries that have all three questions answered correctly.

Michael Dennis

Today Is Power Friday

You’ve Got The Power

Experience I Will Follow In Theaters Now.


I wanted to formally take a moment to thank everyone who has handed out a postcard, forwarded an email, made a phone call or talked to a friend about the new movie written and directed by a young sista out of Los Angeles, who is hoping to change the way Black Film is marketed and distributed. If you’ve pre-ordered a ticket, or bought one for a friend, even bigger thanks.

The film is I WILL FOLLOW and it opens today at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill Theater on Rt. 38 and Haddonfield Road.

Today is Power Friday.

I urge you to invest your time to attend any of the screenings of this beautiful film this Friday and Saturday.  Send a message that we are willing to support quality independent film that speaks our truth.

If you’re busy today or you’re out of town, you’re not off the hook.  Please purchase a ticket online for any show Friday or Saturday and use it for a show later in the week, or give it as a gift.

Now’s the time to use your power.

Today is the day.

Love, Peace and Nappiness,

Mike D.
“Good Movies ’bout Black Folks.”


WHAT: Reelblack Movie Meetup In Support of I WILL FOLLOW (2011)
Friday March 11 7:20 PM or 9:50 PM

WHERE: AMC Cherry Hill - 2121 Route 38, Cherry Hill 08002
FULL SHOWTIMES: 10:05am, 12:20pm, 2:35pm, 4:55pm, 7:20pm, 9:50pm

TICKETS: Buy Tickets Here

Be sure to drag down date and showtime.

The Critics Have Spoken.

“In one way or another, every emotion in this wonderful independent film is one I’ve experienced myself. Grief, of course. But also anger, loneliness, confusion and a sense of lost direction.”

–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

“Presents a section of modern black life utterly missing from cinema.”

–Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly

“Supremely beautiful and tender, “I Will Follow” looks at life and grief with more joy and triumph than sorrow.”

–Omar P.L. Moore, The Popcornreel.com

“Its elegantly simple structure filled in with startling, understated force, I Will Follow is a modestly framed portrait of grief in its first season.

–Michele Orange, The Village Voice”

Will You Take A Stand?

HELP IGNITE A NEW BLACK FILM REVOLUTION: Tired of African-American film that reflect stereotypical images and lack truth?  Hungry for Black film that is a truthful reflection of human experience?  Support the release of the award-winning indie I WILL FOLLOW on its opening night.

Be Counted.  Bring A Friend.

Pre-order tickets for either show Friday night (7:20 or 9:50pm show) and take part in Reelblack’s latest Movie Meetup.  Since we’re not doing dinner afterward…please use the money you’d spend on a meal to bring an extra friend or family member.  Our goal is to deliver 100 people to each screening.

Buy Tickets at http://www.amctheatres.com/CherryHill/

Be sure to drag down date and showtime.

Spread the word.

Forward this message to your friends list.  The person that brings the most people to each show will win a very cool prize.  Add our special graphic (below) to your Facebook And Twitter page.

Cant make it to the theater but wish to support the cause? Pledge $100 or more to purchase tickets and we will donate them to a local women’s organization, breast cancer awareness group or shelter on your behalf.

If we don’t support our images, who will?  More movies like I WILL FOLLOW can only exist if we support them in theaters–not on bootleg.

An online trivia contest will be announced shortly so keep posted.  More info coming soon via eblast and www.reelblack.com


Please tune-in to the following national outlets for I WILL FOLLOW coverage this week:



THE MO’NIQUE SHOW - Salli Richardson-Whitfield (BET)

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT - I WILL FOLLOW feature w/ Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Check local listings)


STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW (radio) - Salli Richardson-Whitfield (second appearance)

ROLLING OUT NATIONAL - Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick cover story


LA WEEKLY film feature

FRIDAY (Opening Day)

TAVIS SMILEY - Blair Underwood (PBS)

TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW (radio)- Blair Underwood

LOS ANGELES TIMES film feature



CNN WITH DON LEMON - Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Ava DuVernay (CNN)



BET NEWS w/ ED GORDON - Salli Richardson-Whitfield (BET)

Reelblack Opening Weekend Promotions For I WILL FOLLOW

The first two days of a movie’s theatrical release are the most important.  We need you to pledge to attend I WILL FOLLOW, which has won awards at several major fests and recently was given a “Thumbs Up” review from Roger Ebert.

At all shows Friday,  random guests will win free DVDs and T-Shirts.  Also, there will be a Friday Trivia contest.  Prizes will be items signed by Jill Scott, Pam Grier and Samgreenlee/Ivan Dixon.  Questions will be posted online at www.reelblack.com.

Reelblack is hosting a Friday Night Movie Meetup.  The person who brings the largest group to the 7:20 or (:50 shows will get a special prize pack.

Art Sanctuary of Philadelphia is encouraging its members to attend the 7:20 show on Saturday night by giving the first 30 attendees a FREE ART SANCTUARY SWEATSHIRT.  Tell a Friend, Bring a Friend.  www.artsanctuary.org

We’re also encouraging folks to bring their parents or kids (teens and older) to the first show on Friday or Saturday.  Admission for the 10:05AM show is only $6 per person (compared to $9.00/$11.00 at other times).  This is a great opportunity to support quality Black film on a budget.

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