Contest has ended. Congrats to our winners MARLA HARRIS, HELEN TINSLEY and IRENE MYERS, all of Philadelphia. Thanks to everyone who entered.
Tyler Perry’s MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION is in theaters today. To celebrate, we’re offering our readers a chance to win one of three classic TYLER PERRY MADEA DVDs. You can also enter other official contests through Rolling Out and Youtube tied into this exciting new film.
There’s still time to enter our MADEA DVD giveaway. The prizes came in from Lionsgate–we have three copies of classic Madea comedies that your can win. Simply send email to CONTESTS@REELBLACK.com with your FULL NAME in the body of the message. We’ll pick winners on Monday.
Also, below is youtube link for a Tyler Perry contest to win a part in his next film.
And finally, TPS and Rolling Out are giving away a prizepack worth over $1,000. Visit http://rollingout.com/MadeaBBQ/ for details.
Reelblack is proud to announce that its classic 2003 short, NEXT TUESDAY has been selected to be a part of the new Black film anthology show ABFF INDEPENDENT, the first original program for ASPiRE TV, the brand new network launching tonight at 8pm nationwide.
NEXT TUESDAY is a 25 minute short film written and directed by Reelblack founder Michael J. Dennis and produced by Rob Kates. It stars Damon P. Saleem as a father who decides to meet his son (Jarrod Gandy) for the first time after a 12 year absence. During the course of one day, both come of age, learning important lessons on responsibility, manhood and trust.
It has played over a dozen film festivals, screened on MiND-TV’s Philadelphia Stories and BET/Centric’s The Best Shorts and is available on DVD as part of the REELBLACK MOTION PICTURE MANIFESTO.
ASPiRE, is the new African-American television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, today announced its first original series, “ABFF Independent.” The weekly two-hour show, hosted by actor Omari Hardwick (”Sparkle,” “Middle of Nowhere,”) will present the best independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from emerging black artists, “ABFF Independent” will air Mondays at 8 p.m. (EST), with repeat airings Monday at 11 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and the following Monday at 2 p.m. The series will premiere on the network’s launch date, Wednesday, June 27, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m.
“We are proud to partner with ABFF to launch ASPiRE’s first original series, ‘ABFF Independent,’ a show that brings provocative, entertaining and moving work by African-American filmmakers to our viewers,” said Paul Butler, General Manager, ASPiRE. “At the same time, we are proud to provide an outlet for some of the most creative and talented new voices in cinema to receive much-deserved national exposure.”
“ASPiRE is the perfect platform to deliver the cream of the crop from ABFF and other festivals to a wider audience,” said Jeff Friday, ABFF founder, and Founder and CEO of Film Life Inc. “We are thrilled to partner with this exciting new network on such a groundbreaking series.”
“ABFF Independent” is executive produced by Jeff Friday, and Sean Joell Johnson and Ralph Scott of LeftCenter Entertainment, Inc.
ASPiRE is not yet available in the Philadelphia market but is available on many COMCAST cable networks nationwide. To find out what channel ASPiRE is on in your area, or to demand it, visit www.aspiretv.tv
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE SEASON OF THE ARTS
Vivant Art Collection is proud to introduce our Season of the Arts -Summer of cultural arts. Join us as we present evenings of free mixers, paint nights, films and more! These events were created for the community… they are free and open to the public.
Plus there’s FREE PARKING in Center City every Wednesday night!
Reception 7:30PM | Films Starts at 8PM - Discussion after Film
RSVP HERE: http://seasonofthearts.eventbrite.com/
The season kicks off with a special screening of the seminal Hip-Hop Classic WILD STYLE (1982) this Wednesday night.
**** MOVIE NIGHT WITH AN ART TWIST presented in conjunction with REELBLACK INC****
Reception 7:30PM | Films Starts at 8PM - Discussion after Film
June 27th || Wild Style
July 25th || Half-Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks
August 29th || Fela - Music is a Weapon Documentary
Seating is Limited - RSVP Required via (http://seasonofthearts.eventbrite.com/)
The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival will host a special screening of LEAKED NIGHT AT THE FIVE SPOT, a selection of rare and never-before-seen music films and performance clips by Black Lily artists culled from the Reelblack/Captured Soul vaults.
Screening will take place this Friday, June 22 at 1pm, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118-128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Admission is $8.00.
The screening will also serve as the release party for the LEAKED NIGHT AT THE FIVE SPOT DVD, which includes over 50 minutes of bonus performances captured live at the Black Lily Women In Music Showcase from 1999-2005. The Black Lily was a weekly live music event founded by Jazzyfatnastees that took place at the now demolished Five Spot nightclub in Old City. It served as the launching pad for such artists as Floetry, Jazmine Sullivan, Jaguar Wright, Lady Alma, Aaries and Kindred The Family Soul, who are all featured on the LEAKED NIGHT DVD. The DVD will be sold for $15.00 at the show and online at www.reelblack.com. Proceeds from the night will go towards the completion of the long-awaited concert film LAST NIGHT AT THE FIVE SPOT, which is an all-star concert film featuring artists who made their name at The Black Lily.
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. Camera by Craig Carpenter and Mike D. Color • 2011 • 25 minutes
Behind-The Scenes Standup comedy documentary “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JORDAN ROCK” to premiere exclusively on YouTube beginning June 5.
After spending a year playing the festival circuit, Reelblack’s original short documentary, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JORDAN ROCK makes its Youtube premiere on Tuesday June 5 ay 12pm EDT.
At noon tomorrow, it will be posted on the official Reelblack Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/reelblack
Produced, directed and edited by Reelblack founder Michael Dennis, Ladies and Gentlemen, Jordan Rock is a glimpse into the world of the titular 21 year old up-and-coming stand-up comedian. 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?
Jordan Rock is a sequel of sorts to Dennis’ 1989 short “Who Is Chris Rock,” Which has collected over 120,000 views on Youtube since it was first posted in March of 2010 and quickly went viral. It was at comedian Judah Friedlander’s (who was cameraman on “Who Is Chris Rock”) suggestion that Dennis make a film about Jordan, who had just moved to NYC from South Carolina around the time that people began to discover the earlier film.
The 25 minute documentary, which features appearances by many veteran standups, including Dean Edwards, Judah Friedlander, Ardie Fuqua, Marc Maron and Aries Spears has screened successfully at many festivals beginning last spring including The Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival (Seattle), The Roxbury International Film Festival (Boston) and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. It premiered last Friday June1 on PhillyCAM TV and will be broadcast on consecutive Friday nights at 7:30pm throughout the month of June. It is available on DVD (paired with a remastered “Who Is Chris Rock”) exclusively through Reelblack.com and will stream exclusively on Reelblack’s Youtube channel beginning Tuesday June 5 at 12pm.
“Through our Youtube channel we’d been doing interviews with comedians for years including Paul Mooney, Patrice O’Neal and Keith Robinson. This was a chance to do something longer form and capture a genuine talent at a very early stage of development, says Dennis. We’re not staking the claim that Jordan is or even intends to be ‘the next Chris Rock.’ What we want to say is that even if you have it in the genes to be a successful comic, there’s still a lot of hard work and dues paying required to become great. Hopefully the film will inspire others to pursue their dreams.”
View the entire film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21GrQhq_1iA
View the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mkLghy9I8s
View Who Is Chris Rock http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZWjzZsQ2Y0
Buy The DVD at http://reelblack.com/wordpress/?page_id=19
Twitter @Reelblack. Official Website www.reelblack.com
Tune in tonight to the WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE OF Reelblack’s Original Production, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JORDAN ROCK.
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. Photographed by Craig Carpenter. Color * 2011 * 25 minutes
Tonight at 7:30pm on PhillyCAM — Comcast Cable 66/966 or Verizon FIOS 29/ 30
REPEATS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT IN JUNE at 7:30pm.