The Joy Road Trailer - coming to theaters this fall

Please check out the trailer for the WOOD HARRIS movie JOY ROAD.  Coming to theaters this fall.  Spread the word by watching the trailer and leaving a comment on the Youtube page.

This gritty feature starring Wood Harris (the Wire, Remember The Titans), as Tony Smalls, lawyer who is happily part of the new urban middle class in Detroit, while his sister, Nia (NBushe Wright, Blade) a high school graduate is not.

But when Nia’s boyfriend, Big Boy (Christian “Trick Trick” Mathis) is arrested for murder, Tony is pulled back into the neighborhood he worked so hard to escape. Believing in the system and its minions would only work against Tony as he faces off against an old neighborhood nemesis, Flip (Jamie Hector, The Wire), who is all too clear about who he is and what he stands for. But who really controls the Criminal Justice System in Detroit? Are the Gods Tony pray to who he thinks they are? And who really runs the streets?

Tony must find answers to these questions as he navigates a spellbinding and emotionally charged journey back to his old neighborhood, Joy Road.

Kindred The Family Soul - WAR/ Surrender To Love (Live In Philly)

In celebration of the release of Kindred The Family Soul’s Fourth CD, LOVE HAS NO RECESSION, Reelblack digs into the vault for this rare clip of the duo performing the title track to their 2003 CD, SURRENDER TO LOVE. All of Kindred The Family Soul’s music can be purchased through ITunes and A Reelblack/Captured Soul Exclusive.

Amy Winehouse - Rehab (Live in Philly)

In respect to the late AMY WINEHOUSE, Reelblack presents this exclusive clip of her performing “Rehab” at the 2007 Black Lily Music and Film Festival. ?uestlove on drums. James Poyser on keys. with Adam Blackstone and Aaron Draper. Photographed on 5/6/2007 at World Cafe Live.


Teaser for the brand-new half-hour documentary on rising comedian JORDAN ROCK. It will make its New England Premiere at the Roxbury African-American Film Festival on Saturday July 30 at 3pm as part of the Shorts Program. To screen the film in your area or to purchase a DVD, please email director/editor Michael Dennis at


Ladies and Gentlemen, Jordan Rock is a glimpse into the world of 20 year old stand-up comedian jordan rock. Following in the footsteps of his older brothers Chris and Tony (and Cousin Sherrod) is the ultimate challenge. Can he find his voice and make a name for himself on the New York comedy scene?

produced, directed and edited by Michael Dennis color • 2011 • 25 minutes

DVD BONUS: WHO IS CHRIS ROCK. Produced while an undergraduate at NYU, Mike D’s 8 minute short, WHO IS CHRIS ROCK? is the earliest documentary on the now superstar comedian.


5 Film Planet of the Apes Marathon
SUNDAY, JULY 31st 11am

Tickets: $20

At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in West Philly.

All Films being projected in either 16mm or 35mm film prints.

.  Visit

for more details.


Filmmaker Sarah Poindexter had a chance to attend a special advance screening of the new documentary SERVING LIFE (premieres Thurs., July 28, 9PM ET on OWN) in Los Angeles.  Executive Producer Forest Whitakaer was in attendance.  Here is what she had to share:

“Serving Life” screened Monday night at The Paley center in Beverly Hills.  The feature film is a heart wrenching, profound documentary about hospice care offered in Angola, a Louisiana State prison.  The film follows four men serving life terms as they apply, get accepted, are trained and ultimately care for the ever-growing dying population in the prison run hospice care program.  Angola, infamous for it’s inmate on inmate violent crimes and for the high percentage of inmates who are serving life sentences for murder is an unique setting for a story about redemption. While the film does make mention of the crimes each of the men have committed, the focus is on their current humanity and the incredible courage, care and compassion it takes to care for the sick and dying. Forrest Whittaker, who is one of the film’s Executive Producer’s and its narrator said, “I got involved with the project after watching a short sizzle real the producer put together and felt instantly that I wanted to be involved.”  Last nights audience seemed deeply moved by the film, which left many people in tears.  During the question and answer following the film for which Forrest Whittaker and two of the films other producers were present, one woman remarked, “I work in the penitentiary system and had forgotten the inmates are human. Thank you for reminding me.” The documentary will air on The Oprah Winfrey Network as part of the OWN Documentary Club.  Over 1400 hundred films were submitted to be aired for this season but only 13 were chosen. Serving Life made the cut and will have its debut this Thursday.


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Check out this first look at the one-sheet for the upcoming movie ALASKALAND, written and directed by CHINONYE CHUKWU.  The film, which is currently in post-production concerns an estranged Nigerian-American brother and sister are forced to reunite in their hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.

In a few weeks, the website will lauch, so please stay tuned for that.
**In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to “like” The ALASKALAND FACEBOOK PAGE:
follow on TWITTER: @alaskalandmovie
and journey through Chinonye’s BLOG:

Win A Philly Music Prize Pack


New CDs by Kindred The Family Soul and Nikki Jean Can Be Yours.

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film will give ONE LUCKY PERSON two brand-new CDs from Philly artists.  Enter to win by sending an EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and THE PHRASE ” CD CONTEST” TO CONTESTS@REELBLACK.COM. Winner will be notified on Friday.  Good Luck!

Kindred The Family Soul - Love Has No Recession

Released today, LOVE HAS NO RECESSION is KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL’S fourth release and first on Shanachie Records.  Check out SoulBounce’s glowing review here .

View the music videos for
“You Got Love” here:
“Magic Happen and here:
Pre-order on Itunes here:
Also available at Amazon, Best Buy and Sound of Market Street.

Nikki Jean - Pennies In A Jar

Minneapolis native and Philly transplant NIKKI JEAN recently released PENNIES IN A JAR.  Nikki drew up a wish-list of dream songwriting collaborators and began approaching them one-by-one to see if they’d be responsive to writing new material with her. The results, so far, have astounding. Since beginning work on her album, Nikki Jean has co-written songs with Burt Bacharach (”Pennies In A Jar”), Jimmy Webb (”China”), Paul Williams (”Patty’s Song”), Carly Simon (”Sex Lies and Sunshine”), Bobby Braddock (”Million Star Motel”), Jeff Barry, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and others.

Check out Reelblack TV’s exclusive interview with Nikki Jean here:
Order The CD or Download on

Reelblack and Vivant Art Collection present WHO THE #$&% IS JACKSON POLLACK?

What: Reelblack and Vivant Art Collection present WHO THE #$&% IS JACKSON POLLACK?

Where: Vivant Art Collection, 60 North 2nd Street • Philadelphia, PA 19106 310.612.4636

When: Wednesday July 27, 2011. Reception 6:30pm. Film 7:00pm

Cost: $7.00 Suggested Donation. For more details, visit

Reelblack and Vivant Art Collection continue their monthly screening and discussion series with the award-winning documentary WHO THE #$&% IS JACKSON POLLACK? (2006).

When Teri Horton, a 73-year-old former long-haul truck driver with an eighth grade education bought a painting in a thrift shop for five dollars, she didn’t know that it would pit her against the most powerful people in the art community and perhaps forever change the way art is authenticated around the world. Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? is a rollicking adventure that documents a 15-year war with the art world’s inner circle, lifts the veil on how art is bought and sold in America and introduces audiences to the funny, profane and utterly unforgettable Teri Horton.

Suggested donation is $7.00 with complimentary refreshments. Keep in mind meter parking is FREE in Old City after 5pm.

With giveaways and discussion to follow.

Reelblack Recommends BEATS RHYMES AND LIFE: Now Playing Ritz East

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film, HIGHLY RECOMMENDS the new hip-hop doc, BEATS RHYMES AND LIFE, which opens today for an exclusive run at the Ritz East, Front and Sansom Walk.

Michael Rapaport’s debut feature follows 90s hip-hop pioneers A TRIBE CALLED QUEST as they reunite in 2008 for the Rock The Bells Tour. The movie rewinds to tell the story of the band–from best friends and classmates to leaders of the Native Tounges clique of rappers that included De La Soul, Queen Latifah and The Jungle Brothers. In addition to breaking down the groups first three groundbreaking albums, it dissects the ever mounting tesion between the groups two lead voices, the charismatic Q-Tip and funky diabetic Phife Dawg.

Chock full of vintage footage, hot beats and interviews from their peers and those whose music they inspired (Including The Roots, Pharrell Williams and The Beastie Boys), BEATS RHYMES AND LIFE deserves your full attention. It definitely takes you back to a time when Hip-Hop was filled with creativity, diversity and Afrocentricity. See it in theaters–Not on bootleg.

Check out RBTV’s exclusive interview with filmmaker Michael Rapaport here:

For more retro rewind this weekend–

Philadelphia’s WPHL (Channel 17) will rebroadcast old episodes of “Dancin’ On Air” this weekend. The station is devoting four hours to it on Saturday night from 8 to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The original program, which aired from 1981 to 1987, featured area teens dancing to popular music.

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