Burnt Sugar Arkestra Plays JB and Miles Tonight at the Painted Bride (9/28)

For tickets/more info: http://www.paintedbride.org/jazz-on-vine/burnt-sugar/

Video: http://youtu.be/qa0RXevkb_s
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/468659846489589/

Friday, September 28th | 8pm

The Painted Bride Art Center

230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
Conductor led 13-piece orchestra plays ground-breaking arrangements inspired by the music of MILES DAVIS and JAMES BROWN.
$25 in advance/$30 day of show | Members: $18.75/$22.50

Burnt Sugar debuts the Bride channeling the creative energies of the ‘Godfather of jazz-rock fusion’ - Miles Davis, and the ‘Godfather of Soul’- James Brown.  Audiences can expect improvised orchestral arrangements of timeless tracks spanning Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and James Brown’s Cold Sweat.

Middle Of Nowhere Singer FINK tonight at Kung-Fu Necktie (9/28)

If you are like myself, you were captivated and intrigued by the music featured in the trailer for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming feature film MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

The song is called PERFECT DARKNESS.  The artist who wrote and performed the song is called FINK, and he’ll be in Philly tonight performing at KUNG FU NECKTIE in Northern Liberties.

Tix are just $12.  Reelblack will be in the building.  Details are here:  http://kungfunecktie.com/calendarLBs.php?thisID=1666

Spoken Soul 215 Tonight at the Art Museum (9/28)

Campus Philly’s College Day 2012 returns to the city this Saturday, September 29 with food, music and entertainment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway along with free student admission to a dozen museums.

One of those museums is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is kicking off College Day 2012 with an awesome edition of Art After 5 the night before, Friday, September 28.

Titled the “Philadelphia DJ Dance Party,” the event celebrates the cool new exhibition Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop. As with every Art After 5, Starr events will stock the bar and sell hors d’oeuvres.

The dance party begins at 5:45 p.m. and continues until midnight with many museum galleries open throughout the whole night. Here’s the program:

Great Stair Hall: From 5:45-8 p.m., Philly-based DJ Phoenix will open the dance party. From 8 p.m.-midnight, Rich Medina and The Marksmen will present Jump N Funk.

Alter Gallery 176: The Philly Youth Poetry Movement will share literary expression from 5:45-7 p.m., followed by Spoken Soul 215 until 9 p.m.

Lenfest Hall: Visitors can collaborate with Philadelphia Pop artist Perry Milou to create an interactive masterwork, a four-by-eight-foot night cityscape.

Throughout the Museum: Campus Philly will offer giveaways and insider tips on making the most of College Day on the Parkway. Many of the galleries will remain open until midnight for a full exploration of exhibitions and the museum’s collection.

And don’t forget you can catch Open Air from the museum’s East Terrace from 8-11 p.m.

On College Day itself the next day, Saturday September 29, admission to the PMA is free for students. Check out more details on College Day in our previous post.

Philadelphia Museum of Art DJ Dance Party: College Day Kick-Off
When: Friday, September 28
Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: student admission $14 until 8 p.m.; after 8 p.m., admission reduced to $10 for all guests
More info: www.philamuseum.org/collegeday

Campus Philly College Day 2012
When: Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Locations around the city
Cost: Free
More info: www.campusphilly.org

Philadelphia Film Festival Sneak Preview This Tuesday at L’Etage

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 @ L’Etage (above Beau Monde, 6th and Bainbridge).

Come see sneak previews of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s local filmmakers screening during the 10/18 event.

Meet Michael Lerman, Artistic Director, PFS. Presented by PIFVA.

Bettye Lavette This Saturday Night at World Cafe Live

This is the moment - the record, the book, the culmination of a lifetime of near-triumphs. This is Bettye LaVette’s triumphant year, her 50th in show business.

“Miss LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer,” proclaims the New York Times.

With a voice as powerful as Etta James and a story as compelling as Tina Turner, LaVette is finally embracing the superstar status that has eluded her since the sixties. Justice has been served. Her time has come.

Two major creative endeavors - a brilliantly reflective album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful, and a riveting autobiography, A Woman Like Me - will be released this fall. Together, they present Bettye at the top of her form, an artist with the unflinching courage to confront her past while reshaping her future.

Artist Website

at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street in University City.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Doors 6:30pm | Show 8pm | Downstairs Live


Advance Tickets:
$27 + processing fees

Day of Show Tickets:
$30 + processing fees

Click  here to check out more Blues concerts.

Producer Nekisa Cooper Presents Pariah Case Study 10/5


Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Friday, October 5, NOON
@ Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia
FREE & open to the public

Space is limited, please RSVP at: http://nekisacooperatscribe.eventbrite.com

Writer-director Dee Rees’ Pariah (USA, 2011, 90 min) made history as the most widely seen feature film by and about African American lesbians. The film features Adepero Oduye as Alike, a 17-year-old Brooklyn high-school student who is quietly but firmly embracing her identity.

The film’s producer Nekisa Cooper talks about the journey with Pariah from the 2007 short of the same name to the film’s release through Focus Features earlier this year. Supported by the Sundance Institute and executive produced by Spike Lee, Pariah received the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance, the Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the GLAAD Outstanding Film Award (Limited Release).

Discussion moderated by Maori Holmes, BlackStar

Photo: Aasha Davis (left) stars as “Bina” and Adepero Oduye (right) stars as “Alike” in Focus Features release, Pariah, directed by Dee Rees. ©2011 Focus Features


Nekisa Cooper (right) is a 2008 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. She also represented the IFP at the 2009 Cinemart/Rotterdam Producing Lab. For Dee Rees, she has produced the multi-award-winning short film Pariah; the documentary feature Eventual Salvation; the short films Orange Bow (as co-producer) and Colonial Gods; and now the full-length feature Pariah. Ms. Cooper is currently in post-production on the feature documentary La muñeca fea, about a group of elderly sex workers in Mexico City. Before she became a producer, Ms. Cooper had a successful career working in brand management and held assistant coaching positions for women’s basketball. She earned a BA in government with a minor in Japanese studies from The College of William & Mary and an MBA in marketing from Clark Atlanta University.

Moderator Maori Karmael Holmes is a filmmaker, writer, curator and producer. She was named a Creative Ambassador by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and writes about film for Philly360.com. Maori is the associate director at the Leeway Foundation and serves as founding artistic director of the BlackStar Film Festival.

Cooper and Rees speak with Pariah October 5 at 7pm at Swarthmore College’s Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema and the film will also show October 5 at 10:00PM and October 6 at 7 and 10:00PM. Made possible by the Sager Fund, the event is free and open to the public. Click HERE for directions to Swarthmore

AlaskaLand Makes Local Premiere at Philadelphia Film Festival in October

Kudos to Philly filmmaker, Chinonye Chukwu, whose feature debut, ALASKALAND, we’ve been following for some time.  It has just been announce for next month’s Philadelphia Film Festival.  Below is the press release.

September 27, 2012: The feature film debut by award-winning, local writer/director Chinonye Chukwu, AlaskaLand, will have its Philadelphia premier at the renowned Philadelphia  Film Festival on October 19 and 25 at 5:00 pm at the Prince Music Theater  (1412 Chestnut Street  Philadelphia, PA 19102), and October 23 at 10:15 pm at Rave Motion Pictures (230 S. 40th street  Philadelphia, PA 19104). Individual tickets are $12 and are available online (filmadelphia.org) or at the box office.

AlaskaLand tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the larger world around him. After a family tragedy forces a two-year estrangement from his younger sister Chidinma, the siblings reconnect in their hometown. Although their time apart has created new frictions, they find their reconciliation bringing them closer to each other and to their roots in this gorgeous, knowing debut film.

The film will also screen at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, as well as several additional venues throughout the rest of the year.

Chinonye Chukwu will be present at the October 19 and 23 screenings.

visit the film’s official website: www.alaskalandmovie.com.

Middle Of Nowhere Philly Media Day Is Today (9/25)

As you may be aware, today Reelblack is helping to coordinate the Press Day for MIDDLE OF NOWHERE filmmaker Ava DuVernay and actress Emayatzy Corinealdi.

Tune into the following media outlets for exclusive interviews with these women, who are at the vanguard of the New Black Film Revolution.

8:45 AM – Eyewitness News on The CW with Ukee Washington (WPSG Channel 57)

10:45 AM – WDAS-FM 105.3 – The 411 with Patty Jackson www.wdas.fm

2:00 PM – AFFRM LIVE STREAM on PhillyCAM.org (1 Hour Special c-produced by Reelblack. Live stream begins at 2pm – go to


to view live. Edited broadcast will be available online next week.

8:30pm – Night Al with Al Butler WURD-AM http://900amwurd.com/

all times are approximate and subject to change. Follow us on twitter @AFFRMPhilly

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE opens at the UA Riverview Theater on Friday October 12.

Visit www.middlenowhere.com for trailer and nationwide theater locations.

Movie Pass Alert - PITCH PERFECT Tomorrow Night 9/24 In Old City

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film, has obtained a quantity of passes to attend a special advance screening of the new musical PITCH PERFECT this Monday night at 7:30pm.  Screening will take place at the Ritz East Theater in Old City.


Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you.  Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect

When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella.  This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.

Loaded with new takes on old favorites to hits of right now that are seamlessly mixed together, mashed-up and arranged like you’ve never heard before, Pitch Perfect is directed by Jason Moore, who opened our eyes to the very misbehaved life of puppets in the surprise Broadway sensation Avenue Q. Rated: PG13 

Pitch Perfect Trailer Clip - 2012 Movie - Official [HD]
Pitch Perfect Trailer Clip - 2012 Movie - Official [HD]


To request a pass for two (while supply lasts), simply SEND AN EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE BEFORE 3PM MONDAY AFTERNOON TO PASSES@REELBLACK.COM.  A Confirmation letter will be forwarded to you with directions on how to attend the event.

See you at the movies.

You’re Invited - Live TV Taping This Tuesday at PhillyCAM 1:30PM

What: Live TV Taping AFFRM THYSELF: A Look Into The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement with Ava DuVernay and Emayatzy Corinealdi

Where: PhillyCAM Studios, Corner of 7th and Ranstead (7th Street between Market and Chestnut)

When: Tuesday September 25, 2012 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost:  FREE.  Reserve your tickets now at http://affrmtv.eventbrite.com/

You are invited to participate in a special, exclusive LIVE STREAMING EVENT at PhillyCAM Studios in Center City.  AFFRM THYSELF! is a special, one hour look into the AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT.  Founded just over a year ago by filmmaker AVA DUVERNAY, it is responsible for bringing to mutiplexes the independently produced features I WILL FOLLOW (DuVernay’s debut feature), KINYARWANDA and RESTLESS CITY.  AFFRM’s latest release is the Sundance Award winning MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, about a bright medical student (played by newcomer EMAYATZI CORINEALDI), who sets aside her dreams when her husband is incarcerated.

AFFRM founder Ava Duvernay and MON lead actress Emayatzi Corinealdi will be on hand live in the studio to discuss their new project, which won the Best Directing prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

AFFRM THYSELF! will also feature clips from all the AFFRM releases as well as taped exclusive interviews with Filmmakers Alrick Brown and Andrew Dousunmu and cinematographer Bradford Young.

We will also take a behind-the-scenes look at the AFFRM Nation - the grassroots organizations that help make sure these films find their audience.

In less than two years, AFFRM has germinated from one woman’s mind to be at the vanguard of a new model for the distribution of African-American film.

Join us as we celebrate their acomplishment in this special live event, produced by PhillyCAM and hosted by Reelblack founder Mike D. and Yaba Blay.

Event begins promptly at 2pm and will last approximately one hour.  Please arrive before 1:35pm for seating.

Space is limited.  Audience participation is encouraged.  Reserve your tickets now.

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