Leaked Night At The Five Spot 11/30 at Scribe

Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut Street) will host a special screening of Reelblack’s LEAKED NIGHT AT THE FIVE SPOT on Friday November 30 at 7pm.

Black Lily All-Star LADY ALMA will be on hand for a live performance prior to the film.  Filmmakers Mike D and Daryl DeBrest will also be in the house for a post-film discussion and to sign DVDs.Admission is $5/ Free for Reelblack Season 10 Members. Please support.  Click Here For Details.

Reelblack Memberships Now On Sale

Reelblack relies on your membership to continue the high standard of service we provide lovers of African-American film across the country.  Without your support, our screening series and TV show would not be possible.  in exchange, members receive FREE admission to our monthly event at IHouse and invites to FREE advance screenings of movies like THE COLLECTION on 11/27.  If you havent joined for Season 10, please click the link below to join.  Membership is only $30 for the season and makes a great gift idea.


To celebrate the release of the new horror-gore flick THE COLLECTION, Reelblack is giving away one signed COLLECTION poster and two signed copies of the prequel DVD, THE COLLECTOR to three lucky readers of this blog. Items are signed by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writer and director of the film.Enter to win by sending an email with your full name and mailing address in the body of the message and the phrase COLLECTION CONTEST to contests@Reelblack.com  Winners will be selected on Monday.  THE COLLECTION opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.  http://www.thecollectionmovie.com/

Looking For Shorts

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Local Artist NILE LIVINGSTON is curating a night of Art and Short films to be screened in West Philly in January.  She is currently seeking short work.

documentary or experimental films that contain key themes from your community. Works can range from strange to poetic and mundane to humorous, just as long as it alludes to a since of your neighborhood, your community, or what togetherness is for you.

The Benefits
include your name and short-film posted for public votes on the website. All of the films will receive an equal amount visitor impressions with social sharing integration including facebook likes, comments & feedback. Top 5 viewer’s choice will move on to receive a ballot box with a display to promote your video at the Neighborhood Series event on Saturday January 19th from 5pm - 7:30 at 5748 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA 19139 and free admission to the event. Attendees will vote on their favorite video of the night. Winner will be given all proceeds from the contest.

The show
will consist of a series of drawings titled ‘Neighborhood’. There will be local press coverage and street attention, a managed canvas for graffiti artists along the exterior of the building, and tasteful entertainment followed by film screenings all based around the theme of community and togetherness.

Deadline for submitting your films are Saturday December 29th at midnight.

Video must be hosted on youtube.com or vimeo.com
Video must be under 10 minutes in length
By entering the contest, you are verifying that you are the owner and copyright holder of the submitted video and audio
Please Complete all of the Questions on Entry Form & press Send
Entry Fee: $5
Please follow this link to apply:
Submission Form

Middle of Nowhere Nominated for 4 Spirit Awards

Great news!  Ava DuVernay’s MIDDLE OF NOWHERE was nominated for four Spirit Awards, including Best Actress and Best film (under $500,000).  The Spirt Awards are awarded by Film Independent and are announced the day before the Oscars and are considered Independent Filmmaking’s top prize.  MON star Emayatzy Corinealdi also just won the GOTHAM AWARD for Best Actress.  Bravo.

War Horse Now Playing At The Kimmel Center

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Dinner and a Movie | Ike and Tina On The Road ‘71-’72 on Friday 11/16 at Cafe Mills

WHAT: Reelblack Dinner and A Movie - Ike and Tina On The Road
WHEN: Friday November 16, 2012 7pm- 9:30pm
WHERE: Cafe Mills, Greene and Upsal Street (at the Upsal Train Station)
COST: Free with purchase of a Cafe Mills Vegan/Seafood Dinner ($10.00 and up)

Join us as we celebrate the DVD release of Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72

An intimate look at the dynamic Ike and Tina Turner at their creative peak…

From the lens of legendary rock photographer BOB GRUEN

By combining soul music with an explosive stage show, complete with the high energy dance choreography of Tina Turner and the Ikettes, and an ingredient sorely missed in today’s soul - gritty rock n’ roll - Ike & Tina Turner gained a reputation as one of the great live acts of all-time. In the early 70’s, legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya toured with Ike & Tina, filming them performing, on the road, and behind the scenes. Now for the first time ever this footage is available to the public… This is a look inside a hardworking band as well as an iconic couple

With portable video recorders not as prominent during that era as they are nowadays, no one has seen scenes like this. But with the release of Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72, fans are finally treated to a must-see behind-the-scenes view of the band, at the peak of their powers. Similar to an earlier DVD set, The New York Dolls: All Dolled Up, the Gruens toured with Ike & Tina and documented everything in black and white (and some color as well). Now, 40 years later, fans get to experience what it was like to be with one of the most popular touring/recording bands of this time period.

In addition to simply awesome renditions of several Ike & Tina classics, we also get a glimpse of the group at work in the recording studio, Tina and the Ikettes practicing their dance routines (and primping their wigs!), and goofing around on airplanes and in airports. We even get to see inside Ike & Tina’s house and the couple’s funky retro ’70s home décor, as Tina cooks dinner for her kids.

A lot has been written about Ike and Tina’s relationship over the years (mostly in the negative light). But for many years, they were able to coexist together in the public eye, and in the process, created some of the most exciting and gripping soul/rock music ever recorded. Now with Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72, we have a more than worthy visual accompaniment to their classic sounds.

“The film Whats Love Got To Do With It? shows why Ike and Tina Turner broke up,” says Gruen. “Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72 shows why Ike and Tina were together for twenty years before that.”

Reelblack Meetup In Support of THE UPSETTER: LEE SCRATCH PERRY

Tuesday November 13 7pm at Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street , Philadelphia, PA

The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee Scratch Perry is a feature length documentary, directed by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough, about one of the most fascinating and influential artists of our times. The film begins in rural Jamaica, probing into Perry’s mysterious youth as well as the notorious events of his peak production years in Kingston, in which Scratch mentored a young Bob Marley, created the sound of Reggae as we now know it, pioneered a new genre of music he called Dub, invented what was to become the remix and produced international hit songs for artists from Junior Murvin to The Congos to Paul McCartney to The Clash all while working out of the infamous Black Ark Studio, a shack that he built with his hands then later burned to the ground in a fit of drug addled rage.

The screening begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $8 General Admission/$5 Student Admission. Purchase tickets in advance at: kinowatt.brownpapertickets.com

First Person Arts/ Arts Sanctuary Events

Use the discount code ART” for 20% off tickets to the following shows!

SoniaSancez by ErikaVonie
Conversation and Song with:
Sonia Sanchez, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Toshi Reagon

Long-time activists and friends - poet Sonia Sanchez, musician Bernice Johnson Reagon, and folk/blues artist Toshi Reagon - perform on stage together for the first time!

come. I say come, and return to the fight.
this fight for the earth
this fight for our children
this fight for our life
we need your hurricane voices
we need your sacred hands

-an excerpt from “For Sweet Honey and the Rock” by Sonia Sanchez

Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Place: Christ Church, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: $35 (Use the discount code “ART” for 20% off)

Street Grace Series: Native Portals of Lynching and Love

Inspired by their personal stories, memories, and dreams, six dancers from FlyGround Dance explore their exposure to this country’s traumatic history of lynching and ask the question: what would it take for me to fall in love with the United States?

Date: Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Christ Church, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: $15 (Use the discount code “ART” for 20% off)

For more information about the entire First Person Arts Festival visit festival.firstpersonarts.org.

Couch Fest 2012 This Saturday

Couch Fest Films is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people’s houses all over the world all on one day. During Couch Fest Films, lovers of film can sit shoulder to shoulder watching short films while stuffing their faces with the snacks they thought they had to sneak in. Each year we present films from such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, CFC Worldwide Shorts, Seattle Int. Film Festival, and the New Horizons Film Festival to name a few.

In Philly, it takes place this Saturday at 1:30pm at Video Library 7141 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. Admission is FREE but RSVP is recommended.

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