Bradford Young - Filmmaking As Jazz (Interview Teaser)

Award-Winning Cinematographer BRADFORD YOUNG (Pariah, Mississippi Damned, Middle of Nowhere) discusses the improvisational approach taken in the making of RESTLESS CITY, the new feature film IN THEATERS NOW through AFFRM, The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement in this interview teaser. Full interview at Visit for theaters and showtimes.

Reelblack’s Mike D On Monitoring Hollywood Panel This Wednesday Night

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

along with the Temple Association of Black Journalists

and the Temple chapter of the NAACP


Monitoring Hollywood: Beyond the Stereotypes: Blacks and the Oscars

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Temple University, Tuttleman Hall Room 103

This year’s subject,  Beyond the Stereotypes: Blacks and the Oscars….Can Black actors and actresses win Academy Awards for roles other than thugs, servants and sexually permissive women? Should we even care about how we’re viewed by Hollywood?

Please come out and show love.  Admission is FREE.

Sundance Film Festival 2011 Favorite RESTLESS CITY Hits Theaters In NYC and LA This Friday

Andrew Dosunmu’s Acclaimed Feature Debut Opens In Theaters Beginning April 27, 2012 in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Comes to Philadelphia on May 4 at AMC Loews Cherry Hill.

Los Angeles, CA (April 22, 2012) – AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, will open its third film, RESTLESS CITY, in the Philadelphia area on Friday, May 4 at AMC Cherry Hill.

Filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu’s stunning feature directorial debut was an Official Selection at 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT category, and tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Variety explained, “The extraordinarily beautiful “Restless City” achieves revelation on two tiers — in the kinetic landscape of the city itself and in the world of Senegalese immigrants, whose struggle evolves just beneath the sightlines of the average New Yorker. Visually, it’s euphoric.” While The Hollywood Reporter called the film, “a stunning, intense twist on the American Dream.”

AFFRM is a collaborative theatrical distribution entity powered by the nation’s finest black film organizations. The founding organizations are Urbanworld Film Festival with Imagenation in New York, BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, ReelBlack Film Series in Philadelphia, DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago and Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival in Seattle. AFFRM’s previous theatrical releases include Ava DuVernay’s I WILL FOLLOW and Alrick Brown’s RESTLESS CITY.


Philadelphia-based screenwriter, director, producer and educator Rel Dowdell will debut his highly-anticipated second feature film, “Changing the Game,” exclusively at AMC Theatres locations in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Chicago on Friday, May 11, with a nationwide release to follow.

The film opens locally at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill, 2121 Rt 38 in Cherry Hill, NJ for a limited run beginning Friday May 11, 2011.

“Changing the Game” was shot in Philadelphia and stars veteran actors Tony Todd (Candyman, 24 and The Event); Irma P. Hall (Soul Food, The Lady Killers and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil); and rapper/actor Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones (Blade: The Series, Law & Order, NCIA: LA and The Shield).

The film depicts the rise of brilliant young African American Darrell Barnes from the slums of North Philadelphia to the skyscrapers of New York City’s financial district.  On Wall Street, however, Barnes soon encounters a new set of obstacles and villains - including racism and shady international characters - that jeopardize his dream of leaving his dangerous upbringing behind and ultimately threaten his life.  Surviving a new game will take everything Barnes learned on the street and in school - including an almost-mystical gift from a slain childhood friend.

“My ultimate hope is for ‘Changing the Game’ to truly embody its title by helping to transform the way African-American films and filmmakers are perceived,” Dowdell said.  “This is a diverse story with complex characters in a changing world -and as such, it’s meant for a broad audience with wide-ranging backgrounds.  With Nikkole Denson-Randolph, AMC Independent and Barnholtz Entertainment on our team, we have a tremendous chance to truly reach that audience.”

Meet Filmmaker REL DOWDELL on opening night and at Reelblack’s First Weekend Field Trip on the afternoon of 5/12.  More details to come.

Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story 5/1 at The Troc

Tuesday, May 1st, 8PM at The Trocadero 1003 Arch Street.  Free Admission.

Booker Wright was an African-American restaurant owner who also served
double-duty as a waiter in a “whites-only” restaurant in Mississippi
in the 1960’s. He became an unlikely activist for the Civil Rights
movement when he appeared on a network TV documentary reporting on the
changing times in his small town. Exploding the myth of who he was and
his experience serving the white community, Booker’s appearance set
off a chain of events that eventually led to his untimely murder.

Filmmaker Maria Teresa Rodriguez at IHouse 5/1

Co-presented by Scribe Video Center and PIFVA.

At international House 3701 Chestnut Street.

Admission $5-$10

Reception, hosted by PIFVA, at 6pm
Screening at 7pm

click here for details

Niños de la Memoria (Children of Memory)
dir. Maria Teresa Rodriguez, US and El Salvador, 2012, DVD, 64 mins, color, Spanish w/ English subtitles

Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from the massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were “sold” into adoption abroad, not knowing their true history or identity. The film follows Margarita Zamora as she traverses the Salvadoran countryside probing memory, swabbing DNA samples, and searching for disappeared children – including her own four siblings. An investigator for the human rights organization Pro-Búsqueda, her vocation is reuniting disappeared children with their families. In the United States, Jamie Harvey, adopted from El Salvador in 1980, dreams of locating her birth family; but with no information and no contacts, she is losing hope. Jamie’s quest, and Margarita’s best efforts to help her, are frustrated by lack of access to the Salvadoran military war archives, closed since the war ended. As Jamie’s search intensifies with a trip to El Salvador, she finds herself forced to confront a past and a history she has never known. Salvador Garcia, a farmer in rural Usulutan, discovered the bodies of his wife and three children, brutally massacred by the Army in 1981. But he never found his daughter, Cristabel. Now thirty years later, remarried with a new family, Salvador still longs for her. Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?

Producer Kathryn Smith Pyle is a Sundance Institute Fellow (2011 Documentary Edit and Story Lab; 2009 Creative Producers Lab) whose former career as a grantmaker in the U.S. and Latin America was dedicated to grassroots development and giving voice to marginalized communities, often through community media projects. Her concerns as a documentary film producer continue that commitment, working in partnership with human rights groups and social movements, particularly regarding post-conflict transitions to peace. She has a doctorate in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Producer/Director María Teresa Rodríguez’ work often centers on untold stories of Latinos in the Americas whose experiences reflect a larger socio-political reality. Her award-winning films include Mirror Dance (with Frances McElroy), Becoming American for the series Unnatural Causes, and From Here to There/ De Aquí a Allá. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow (2011 Edit and Story Lab) and the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Leeway Transformation Award which recognizes the work of women artists engaged in social change.

The post-screening discussion will include filmmakers Kathryn Smith Pyle (producer) and Maria Teresa Rodriguez (producer/director), Jamie Harvey, whose search for her Salvadoran family is featured in the film, Leonor Arteaga, a former attorney for Pro-Busqueda, the human rights group that brings cases of the disappeared children before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and Jennifer Cox, who grew up in the 1980s Sanctuary movement of First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.

Soul Food Cinema Returns With THE NEXT DAY on 5/18 | Filmmaker In Person

Reelblack’s Soul Food Cinema is proud to host the Philly Premiere of THE NEXT DAY, the new film from Atlanta filmmaker AL ROBBINS (Grapes On A Vine).

The Screening will take place on Friday May 18, 2012, 7pm at the POD Cafe, Greene and Upsal Streets in Mt. Airy.  Admission is Free with the purchase of a Soul Food Friday Meal ($12.00 and up).  Filmmaker Al Robbins will be on hand for a post film Q&A.

Will and Desire’ meet at a bar and have a one night stand. That first night Will won’t know that Desire’ is a little crazy or that she’s been abused by men in the past. She won’t tell him that she never had a relationship with her father and as a result she feels a little empty and may look to a man to fill that void. Will is never going to tell Desire’ that he doesn’t really know how to be in a relationship because his parent’s divorced when he was young and he’s never seen a relationship work other than on television or in movies so he avoids relationships. Three months after the initial hookup Desire’ shows up at Will’s house to tell him that she’s pregnant.

Official trailer for The Next Day Official trailer for The Next Day

XPN Music Film Festival 2012 This Weekend

The first Philadelphia festival solely dedicated to movies about music…brought to you by the local authorities on film and music. Most Screenings at the Annenberg Center, April 26 - 29, 2012. It’s four days of contemporary films including rockumentaries, biopics about musicians and movies that are defined by great soundtracks spanning a variety of musical genres! Tickets Are Now On Sale!

Individual Film Admission
$8 for XPN Members, Philadelphia Film Society Members, and Students with ID
$12 General Public

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    Run Time: 74 minutes
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    Schedule: Friday 4/27, 5pm
    Venue: Annenberg Center - Prince

    Schedule: Saturday 4/28, 7:20pm
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  • Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots
    Utilizing reams of amazing footage and celebrity interviews, this exhilarating documentary offers a twentieth anniversary recount of the Los Angeles riots and the role that hip hop played in the chaos.
    Run Time: 66 minutes
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    Schedule: Sunday 4/29, 5:30pm
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Avoid the Lines. Save Money. See it All. All-Access Badge (Limited number available)*
Entitles individual access to all Film Screenings (25 total screenings) and the Opening Night Party on April 26. The best way to experience the inaugural XPN Music Film Festival.

$100 - XPN Members and Philadelphia Film Society Members
$125 - Non-members *PLEASE NOTE: Non-transferrable badge valid from Apr 26-Apr 29, 2012. Holder must arrive 30 minutes in advance or priority admission is not guaranteed. Seating is not guaranteed after the films scheduled start time. Badge(s) available for pick-up on April 26 at the Annenberg Center Box Office. Photo ID needed for badge pickup.
For ticketing questions, call 215-898-3900

Rel Dowdell - The Changing The Game Interview

Reelblack TV visited filmmaker REL DOWDELL on the set of his second feature, CHANGING THE GAME, which opens in select cities, including the UA/Loews Cherry Hill on May 11, 2012.
“Changing the Game,” is a searing and poignant tale about a young African?American male who, with the spiritual guidance of his grandmother, rises above the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street’s most prestigious firm. However, he soon finds that the white collar world is filled with crime and death just like the malignant environment he thought he left behind. His only chance of survival is to fully integrate a mysterious gift from a slain childhood friend fully into the fabric of his character.

Reelblack TV Interviews Restless City Director Andrew Dosunmu

RBTV caught up with filmmaker ANDREW DOSUNMU at the 2011 Urbanworld Film Festival to discuss his project RESTLESS CITY.  The Sundance Film Festival hit is the thrird film to be released by AFFRM, The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.  It opens in theaters nationwide beginning April 27, 2012.
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