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REELBLACK TO HOST THE PHILLY PREMIERE WEEKEND FOR KINYARWANDA (OPENS DECEMBER 2 AMC FRANKLIN MILLS)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black film is pleased to announce the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement’s (AFFRM) second feature of 2011, KINYARWANDA, will open this Friday December 2 for a limited run (Dec. 2-8) at the AMC Franklin Mills Theater, 1149 Franklin Mills Circle in Northeast Philadelphia.

Kinyarwanda is the 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner for World Cinema Drama, and winner of the 2011 Philadelphia Cinefest Jury Prize for Best First Feature. Reelblack is a proud member of AFFRM. Showtimes for opening day are 11:00, 1:45, 4:20, 7:10 and 10:00pm. Tickets are $6.00 - $10.00. High school students will be admitted FREE OF CHARGE to the Saturday 11am Matinee. Must show valid ID. Visit www.reelblack.com for details.

Writer/Director Alrick Brown and Producer Tommy Oliver will be on hand on Saturday December 3 to conduct post-film Q&As after the 4:20 and 7:10pm shows. Additionally, Mr. Oliver, a Philadelphia native, will do a Q&A after the Friday 7:10pm screening.

Reelblack is also hosting a dinner with Alrick Brown and Tommy Oliver at the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet, 103 Franklin Mills Blvd., from 6:30-8pm on Saturday December 3. Admission to this event is $15 and includes drink and gratuity. Giveaways will include a DVD of AFFRMs first release I Will Follow and Kinyarwanda posters signed by Brown and Oliver. Visit www.reelblack.com for more details.

Promotional partners for this premiere weekend are Rolling Out Weekly, Philadelphia Sunday Sun, WURD-AM 900 Radio, Art Sanctuary, Painted Bride Art Center, Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, Philadelphia Film Society, Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, We Do It Distribution, Monica Peters/GritsNCheese PR, Christopher Weaver/ Oracle PR.

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ABOUT THE FILM

In Alrick Brown’s Sundance Award winning debut feature, A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while being absent from her family, an Imam saves countless lives and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. Six intimate stories are interwoven to illustrate both tragedy and triumph.

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the Imams who opened their doors to give refuge to the Tutsi and to those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. Told from the perspective of six characters, we follow the young lovers, the child, the couple, the soldiers, the Imam, and the priest as they are swept up by the chaos of the world around them.

Reelblack December 2011 Ad

Dinner and Movie With KINYARWANDA Filmmaker ALRICK BROWN

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film, is hosting a special dinner for Filmmaker ALRICK BROWN following the 4:20pm showng of his debut feature KINYARWANDA at the AMC Franklin Mills Theater. Dinner will take place immediately following the movie at the HIBACHI GRILL AND BUFFET at the Franklin Mills Mall (Next to Dollar Tree/ across from Pathmark) Tickets for the movie are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at ($1.00 service fee applies)  http://amc.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=583&movie_id=108638&rdate=12/2/2011 .

Cost for the dinner is $15 and includes drink and gratuity. Proceeds from this event will be used to offset promotional costs.  Total Cost $25.00

Giveaways will include THE HELP AND I WILL FOLLOW DVDs and KINYARWANDA posters signed by Alrick Brown.

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Alrick is the writer/director of KINYARWANDA, which recently won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It is set to be released on December 2 in eight Cities through AFFRM–The African Film Festival Releasing Movement. He is currently one of FILMMAKER MAGAZINE’S “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” ABOUT KINYARWANDA In Alrick Brown’s moving directorial feature debut, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. Six intimate stories are interwoven to illustrate both tragedy and triumph.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeqaDYK8NbY
Interview Clip With Alrick by Reelblack TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoQQ_Eq4cqI
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ALRICK ROWN BIO Alrick Brown has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A filmmaker and teacher, he has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative films and documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. For over two years he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa have informed his creative expression; an expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. A fluent French speaker, he graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters in Education. Since then he has devoted his energy to changing the world by giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories that otherwise would not be told.

KINYARWANDA TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

AMC Theaters has just posted the link to pre-order tickets to the opening day for Alrick Brown’s award-winning debut feature, KINYARWANDA.

AMC Franklin Mills, Philadelphia

http://amc.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=583&movie_id=108638&rdate=12/2/2011

Showtimes:

11:00am1:45pm4:20pm7:10pm10:00pm

We need your support so we can continue to bring quality African-American film to the multiplex.  Be a part of the movement.  Pre-order your tickets today.


Remember, there’s only one opening day.   Opening day tickets make great gifts!

OPENING NIGHT CONTEST: Everyone who attends any show on Friday December 2 and signs our mailing list will be eligible to win a copy of THE HELP on DVD/Blu-Ray.

Thaddeus Govan Headshot Special

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Mike D. To Screen at PIFVA Cinema Speakeasy 12/6

DECEMBER CINEMA SPEAKEASY
WHAT: ROCK, RAP & ROLLER DERBY
FILMS BY MIKE DENNIS,  BRIAN B.KYLE ATKINS & DAVID BLOCK   FILMMAKERS IN PERSON FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY
WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 2011; 6:30, doors open; 7pm screening,
WHERE: L’Etage, 6th and Bainbridge, (upstairs on Bainbridge)
COST: $5
Our December 6 2011, Cinema Speakeasy showcases new work by Philadelphia filmmakers, Mike Dennis, Brian B Kyle Atkins and David Block who examine three different worlds - volatile, risky stand up comedy, gritty rap and reinvented roller derby.
MORE INFO

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JORDAN ROCK by Michael Dennis, REELBLACK
color | 2011 | 25 minutes
http://vimeo.com/26698703

GHETTO DREAMS by Brian B.Kyle Atkins
This film is a behind the scenes look at the making of a song by rappers Common and Nas
color| 2010 | 12 minutes

http://vimeo.com/giftedfilm

THIS TIME IT’S REAL: THE REBIRTH OF PROFESSIONAL ROLLER DERBY by David Block
color | 2011 | 12 minutes
http://youtu.be/6mkLghy9I8s

Meet 2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winner Alrick Brown This Monday Night At PhillyCAM’s New Studios

Meet 2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winner Alrick Brown This Monday Night At PhillyCAM’s New Studios

What: A Conversation With Alrick Brown, Writer Director of KINYARWANDA

When: Monday November 21, 2011 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cost: Free and Open To The Public. Reserve your FREE tickets at  http://alrickreelblack.eventbrite.com

Reelblack, in association with PhillyCAM, will host a special introduction to the work of Sundance Award-winning filmmaker ALRICK BROWN this Monday November 21 from 6:30-8pm. Selections from his short films will be shown followed by a Q&A moderated by Philly filmmaker TANYA HAMILTON (NIGHT CATCHES US).

Alrick is the writer/director of KINYARWANDA, which recently won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  It is set to be released on December 2 in eight Cities through AFFRM–The African Film Festival Releasing Movement.  He is currently one of FILMMAKER MAGAZINE’S “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

ABOUT KINYARWANDA

In Alrick Brown’s moving directorial feature debut, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. Six intimate stories are interwoven to illustrate both tragedy and triumph.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeqaDYK8NbY&feature=player_embedded
Interview Clip With Alrick by Reelblack TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoQQ_Eq4cqI

Filmmaker Magazine Article: http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2011/07/25-new-faces-of-independent-film-2011/

ALRICK ROWN BIO

Alrick Brown has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A filmmaker and teacher, he has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative films and documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. For over two years he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa have informed his creative expression; an expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. A fluent French speaker, he graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters in Education. Since then he has devoted his energy to changing the world by giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories that otherwise would not be told.

Alrick’s collective work has screened in over forty film festivals, national and international, and received numerous awards. He and his Co-producer, received the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award to produce their critically acclaimed documentary DEATH OF TWO SONS. In 2004 he was one of four NYU students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School, produced by Academy
award nominee Nannette Burstein. In 2007 he addressed the Motion Picture Association of America on C-SPAN. KINYARWANDA marks Brown’s feature film directorial debut.

TANYA HAMILTON BIO

Tanya Hamilton is the writer/director of Night Catches Us, starring Anthony Mackie and Kerry

Washington, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was a finalist for the 2010 Humanitas Prize and winner of the Fipresci Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival for Best American film. Additionally, in 2010, Night Catches Us was named Best Screenplay by the African-American Film Critics Association and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the Best First Feature category. Later it was nominated for several NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Actor and Actress, Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.

A Sundance Institute writing and directing fellow, Hamilton is also a recipient of the coveted Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Her short film The Killers was awarded best short at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival, as well as a DGA award for best female director. For her debut feature Night Catches Us, Tanya was nominated for Breakthrough Director at the 2010 Gotham Awards. She attended Columbia University Film School for Screenwriting/Directing.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Alrick Brown, Writer and Director of KINYARWANDA

Sorry for the late notice.  PLEASE, blog, forward this email to your circle.  We want as many people in on this very special event.

What: Brown Bag Lunch Series: Alrick Brown, Writer and Director of KINYARWANDA
When: Monday November 21, 2011 Noon - 2pm
Where: Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free (Bring a lunch or a snack)
PIFVA and Reelblack, in association with Scribe Video Center will host a special meet and greet with Sundance Award-winning filmmaker ALRICK BROWN this Monday November 21 from Noon-2pm.  At Scribe Video Center 4212 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA.
Alrick is the writer/director of KINYARWANDA, which recently won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  It is set to be released on December 2 in eight Cities through AFFRM–The African Film Festival Releasing Movement.  He is currently one of FILMMAKER MAGAZINE’S “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
In Alrick Brown’s moving directorial feature debut, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. Six intimate stories are interwoven to illustrate both tragedy and triumph.
ABOUT AFFRM
AFFRM is a collaborative theatrical distribution entity powered by the nation’s finest black film organizations.  AFFRM’s inaugural release was the award-winning film, I WILL FOLLOW, which opened March 2011 in more than 20 cities during its seven-week run.
Alrick Brown has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A filmmaker and
teacher, he has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative films and
documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. For over
two years he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with
the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa have informed his
creative expression; an expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and
migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. A fluent French speaker, he
graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters in Education.
Since then he has devoted his energy to changing the world by giving a voice to the
voiceless and telling stories that otherwise would not be told.

Alrick’s collective work has screened in over forty film festivals, national and
international, and received numerous awards. He and his Co-producer, received the
HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award to produce their critically
acclaimed documentary DEATH OF TWO SONS. In 2004 he was one of four NYU
students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School, produced by Academy
award nominee Nannette Burstein. In 2007 he addressed the Motion Picture
Association of America on C-SPAN. KINYARWANDA marks Brown’s feature film
directorial debut.

Expect an intimate session designed for filmmakers to learn the inside out details of launching an successful independent feature.  Alrick will screen work from his days as a grad film student at NYU; talk about his Festival experiences.  Finding financing and distribution for KINYARWANDA and sharing his opinion on the state of independent film.  Bring a bag lunch and a notebook. This will be an up close and intimate event where no question is off-limits.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeqaDYK8NbY&feature=player_embedded
Interview Clip With Alrick by Reelblack TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoQQ_Eq4cqI
Filmmaker Magazine Article: http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2011/07/25-new-faces-of-independent-film-2011/

At the Wall and Black Soldiers in Blue This Friday

Friday, November 18, 7:00 PM

Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street

$5, Free for Scribe Members
MORE INFO

Director Warren Bass in person

Two films about the history of struggle for racial justice and equality in Philadelphia

At The Wall tells the story of a group of Philadelphia “freedom fighters” who struggled against racial injustice and clashed daily with Frank Rizzo’s police force in 1965 in an important milestone of the civil rights movement — the integration of Girard College.
(USA, 2006, 33 minutes).

Black Soldiers in Blue is the story of Camp William Penn, the first and largest federal training camp for black soldiers during the Civil War. The film documents the hardships and heroism of these volunteer troops and their influence on the outcome of the war.  The camp was located just outside Philadelphia in a an area now called La Mott, named after Lucretia Mott, the abolitionist and suffragist who lived near the camp. (USA, 2009, 32 minutes)

Storyville is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Alrick Brown - Writer/Director of KINYARWANDA (In Theaters December 2)

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