Veterans of Color - Free Screening 11/28 at Kimmel Center

Special Film Screening
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7 pm
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
Please join us for a special screening of the new documentary film (55 mins)
produced by Dr. Bernard C. Watson and directed by Mark Parry
Explore the lives and experiences of African American servicemen and women who served in World
War II, Korea and Vietnam and view a seldom-­told aspect of American history
~ Q & A with the producer and special guests to follow ~
Attendance is free, however RSVP is required
Please respond by Thursday, November 15
RSVP by email: or call: (215) 563 0377


The 2012 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Presented by HBO will run from Wednesday, November 7th to Saturday, November 17th (with a break from Mon, Nov 12th to Thurs, Nov 15th) at the Ibrahim Theater at the International House (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) and the Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia). We are proud to announce our lineup and schedule.
Click here to view a pdf of our main events.

Online Schedule & Ticketing - Tickets: $8 General Admission / $6 Students or Seniors

Tickets can be purchased online or for films at the International House you can also call their box office at 215.387.5125, or stop by from Tuesday - Saturday, 1pm-8pm.

(Tickets purchased over the phone or in person will not include a surcharge)

Trenton Film Festival This Weekend

Programmed by Philly Filmmaker Nadine Patterson, The Trenton International Film Festival offers a mix of the best international films , including the NJ debut of ALASKALAND.

November 9 - 11
Mill Hill Playhouse
Trenton, NJ Tickets on sale now!
To purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, click on the film’s name below. Schedule of Films Friday, November 9th
7:30pm Elza (Guadeloupe)  Director Mariette Monpierre joins us for post-screening Q&A

Saturday, November 10th
12:30 Alaskaland (USA)  Q&A with Director Chinonye Chukwu after the film
2:30pm  El Camino Del Vino (Argentina)
Free Argentinian wine tasting at Settimo Cielo after the film
4:15pm  The Lady (France)
8:00pm  Sound of Noise (Sweden/France)

Sunday, November 11th
1:30pm   Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992 (Germany)
3:30pm  Sita Sings the Blues (USA)
Tickets $8 each ($5 for seniors and students with a valid ID).
Click here for film synopses and trailers…

Leaked Night at The Five Spot At Scribe 11/30

Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
See map: Google Maps

Friday, November 30, 7PM
Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe and Reelblack members

Reelblack has dug into its vault to create Leaked Night At The Five Spot (2012, 90 min), a compilation of classic and unseen clips by artists who made their name at the legendary Black Lily. The Black Lily was a weekly live music showcase founded by Mercedes Martinez and Tracey Moore of The Jazzyfatnastees, which ran from 2000-2005 at the Five Spot in Old City. Many of the artists who performed there would quickly garner nationwide fame including Jazmine Sullivan, Floetry, Kindred The Family Soul, Lady Alma and Jaguar Wright. The night will include rare short films and performance clips by these artists as well as by unsigned Lily legends like Aaries and Le’kisha Robinson.

Mike D. Speaks at Community Underground Film Festival 11/15

Community College of Philadelphia is sponsoring the Second Annual Community Underground Film Festival (CUFF) November 15-16, featuring short films by local college and high school students and presentations by professional filmmakers and professors including Reelblack founder Mike D.

Thursday, Nov. 15

9:35 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Screening of “Night Catches Us”
11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Speaker Tanya Hamilton, director/producer, “Night Catches Us”
12:45 p.m.-2:10 p.m.: Student film screenings
2:20 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: Speaker Michael Dennis, founder, Reelblack
4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Student film screenings
6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Speaker “Rel” Dowdell, writer/director, “Changing the Game”
7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Screening of finalists’ films and award presentations

Friday, Nov. 16

9:10 a.m.-10:10 a.m.: Screenings of all finalists’ and winning films
10:20 a.m.-11:20 a.m.: Screening of Michael Dennis’ “Philly Boy”
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Speaker Scott Kaufman, Teacher, High School for Creative and Performing Arts
12:40 p.m.-1:40 p.m.: Speaker Jonathan Pappas, instructor, Community College of Philadelphia
1:50 p.m.-2:50 p.m.: Speaker Tom Coyne, author of A Gentleman’s Game, which was adapted into a full-length film

Place: Bonnell Building Auditorium, Main Campus
(Enter on 16th Street, just south of Spring Garden Street)

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Middle Of Nowhere Ends Its Run In Philly

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE officially ended its run at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute Thursday.  On behalf of Reelblack and AFFRM, thanks to everyone who supported it’s record-breaking run.

Reelblack Season 10 Memberships Now Available

A Reelblack Season Membership is not only Philly’s best entertainment value, but when you purchase one, you are helping to support the idea of quality African-American Film.

Since December, 2003 we have provided a unique hybrid–there is no other organization in the USA that both produces and promotes African-American film through monthly screening series, regularly broadcast TV shows and original productions.

In the past dozen months or so we’ve:

- Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our Jazzyfatnastees and Philly Boy  documentaries with a special screening at IHouse and a TV rebroadcast, respectively.

- Teamed with AFFRM to release three award winning feature films to Philadelphia: KINYARWANDA, RESTLESS CITY and MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

- Showcased both new and classic films at our own showcases at IHouse and Cafe Mills (formerly the Point of Destination Cafe).

- Continued our sixth season of Reelblack TV on PhillyCAM, culminating with our first “Live” one hour special featuring Ava DuVernay

- Promoted new work at the Blackstar Film Festival, Urban Suburban, QFest and Philadelphia Film Festivals.

- Partnered with WURD-AM, Vivant Art Gallery, Art Sanctuary, Scribe Video Center, PIFVA and Painted Bride for a number of special screenings.

-Coordinated meetups to demonstrate our financial support of Black indies like CHICO AND RITA, RED HOOK SUMMER, JOY ROAD, BLACK POWER MIXTAPE, BEING ELMO, CHANGING THE GAME, EXIT STRATEGY and RED TAILS.

- Given away hundreds of free movie passes to members to dozens of studio releases before their official release, including FLIGHT, PARIAH, SAFE HOUSE, RED TAILS, MARLEY, THE INTOUCHABLES, TOWER HEIST, ALEX CROSS, WON’T BACK DOWN, SPARKLE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD AND JOYFUL NOISE.

And Season 10 is just starting to shape up.  In order to make it our best year yet, we need your support.  This year we will not only continue to program and promote the best in African-American film from around the country, but to begin to release our own feature-length entertainment.  Membership is only $30 for the season, which runs through September 2013.  Be a part of the movement by clicking the icon below or by sending a check or money order payable to:

PO Box 12302
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Membership buttons and materials will be available for pick-up at our next show at International House, currently scheduled for December 11 (movie TBA).  As always, current members get ONE FREE TICKET to all our shows at IHouse so please save the date.


Today is a bittersweet day for me because I won’t be able to take my grandmother to the polls.  It’s gonna be a close race and every vote matters so it’s unfortunate she didn’t live to see this day.  But I feel privileged to have taken her to vote for her candidate of choice in the last election and that she lived to see him sworn in.

If you haven’t already, please go out and vote today.  Many have sacrificed their lives so we can have this right.  Don’t assume your voice doesn’t matter.  Our future truly depends on it.  No matter who you vote for, exercise your right today.

View Reelblack’s award-winning short film, THE 13TH AMENDMENT HERE:

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Moves To Bryn Mawr | First Weekend Field Trip To See Man WithThe Iron Fists

Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay’s award winning hit has completed its run at the UA Riverview and AMC Cherry Hill and moves today to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, where it will have an exclusive One Week Only engagement.

Showtimes change daily and can be found here:

Please support. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s great on the big screen. If you have seen it already, consider bringing a friend.


Reelblack is celebrating the release of RZA’s new movie, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, with a FIRST WEEKEND FIELD TRIP tomorrow at 12:45pm at the Pearl Theater. That’s right, a Saturday Kung-Fu matinee, followed by lunch and giveaways at Qdoba Mexican Grill. Details can be found HERE:

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