Reelblack Presents WOLF (2012) and BARBASOL (2012) on 2/26

What: Reelblack Presents The Philadelphia Premieres of WOLF (2012) and BARBASOL (2012)

Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

When: Tuesday February 26, 2013 7-10pm

Cost: $9 Adults/ $7 Students and Seniors/ FREE for Reelblack Season 10, IHouse, 900WURD-AM and Art Sanctuary Members (must show proof of membership at boxoffice)

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film brings two recent festival favorites to International House for a special one night only engagement. WOLF, written and directed by Ya’ke Smith is the winner of Best Debut Feature at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival. BARBASOL won the short film award at Atlanta’s Bronze Lens Film Festival. Its writer/director, RALPH K. SCOTT will be in attendance.

WOLF (2012/ dir. By Ya’ke/ 86 min/shown on Blu-Ray) A family is shaken to the core when they discover their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser, while his abuser attempts to exorcise his own past demons. WOLF deals with issues of religion, sexuality, betrayal and the vicious cycle of abuse.

The film stars Irma P. Hall (THE LADYKILLERS, COLLATERAL), Eugene Lee (LACKAWANNA BLUES, COACH CARTER) and newcomers Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette and Jordan Cooper.

BARBASOL (2012/dir. Ralph K. Scott/ 20 min/Shown on Blu-Ray) A story about a man that desires a bond with his elderly father.  He realizes that he is running out of time due to his father slipping further into dementia.  What he comes to realize is he needs to now turn his attention toward his own son.

Local business CUPCAKES B’CAUSE will also be on hand selling baked goods. Proceeds will benefit Reelblack’s upcoming project, BLACK FILM NOW. BLACK FILM NOW is the first feature-length documentary on African-American film in over a decade. To find out more or make a donation, visit

‘Afrofuturism’: Exploring the Future of Black Media, Myth and Culture This Sunday 2/24

*GRIOTWORKS Presents: ‘Afrofuturism’: Exploring the Future of Black Media, Myth and Culture*

Hosted by: *Vivant Art Collection* and *ReelBlack Presents*
LOCATION: Vivant Art Collection, 60 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

DATE: Sunday, February 24th || TIME: 3pm - 6pm

DONATION: $5 Ordwer tix in advance through
With 7 slavery themed movies scheduled to release in 2013, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, this conversation will focus on exploring the role of history through a futuristic lens. What does the future look like for Black movies and media? How will the stories we tell today impact our culture? What methods will be used to distribute those stories? How does ‘Afrofuturism’ contribute to shaping ideas, beyond oppression?

Let’s talk about it.

GRIOTWORKS Community Discussions are gatherings that focus on the voices of the people in the room. The panelists expertise in the subject areas give shape and direction to the discussion, as led by the moderator.

*Opening Poem by Shayna SheNess Israel*

*Rasheedah Phillips*, Moderator
Rasheedah Phillips is an attorney and the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic culture. She is the author of several published science fiction works and essays. She is currently completing her first speculative fiction novel, Recurrence Plot.

*Yumy Odom*, Panelist
Yumy Odom is an award-winning educator, BlogTalkRadio host and Founder of The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC, Inc.) which focuses on sharing new ideas and technologies, combating illiteracy, creating ennobling images of Black superheroes / super-powered characters and promoting professionalism in the comic book industry. Mr. Odom’s latest work is a 250-page web document (2010) entitled “A Public Resource & Guide to the Epic Myth Continuum” that outlines and contextualizes 10,000 years of ancient, modern and neo-mythology.

*Li Sumpter*, Panelist
Ph.D. candidate in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Sumpter’s research applies archetypal, aesthetic and quantum theories toward understanding humankind’s existential condition in the 21st century. She believes our future trajectory through the multi-verse is fundamentally shaped by collective participation in a mythic paradigm that supports a corresponding reality. In her dissertation, Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing through Image in the Age of End Time Sumpter examines the impact of apocalyptic art and media on psyche and the phenomenological world.

*Ozzie Jones*, Panelist
Mr. Jones is a writer and director of stage and film, and a musician and composer who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Jones co -wrote, dramaturgy, and performed in the Bessie Award winning, Olivier award nominated Rome and Jewels for Rennie Harris Pure Movement. Mr. Jones has directed or performed with Patti Labelle, Ruby Dee, Ntozake Shange, Sonja Sanchez, Jill Scott, Guy Davis, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Schooly D, Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, to name a few. Mr. Jones developed and directed staged readings of his new plays, Chasin’ the Bird at Penumbra Theater and an African Continuum production of Kind of Blue at Arena Stage in DC, both of these new works are a part of a larger series of plays on Jazz called, The Real Book.

*Caroliese Frink Reed*, Panelist
Caroliese is a doctoral candidate, educator, storyteller and librarian who has done extensive research on traditional and contemporary storytelling and the timelessness of African oral traditions. She has performed at libraries, schools and festivals across the United States, South America and South Africa. She is a co-editor of Sayin’ Something’:Stories from the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and is a founding member of Keepers of the Culture, Inc, Philadelphia’s oldest storytelling organization.

Listen Now to Mike D. on Joy Keys Podcast

Reelblack founder MIKE D. recently appeared on SATURDAY MORNINGS WITH JOY KEYS to discuss his new project BLACK FILM NOW.  Check it out here:

Ed Vassallo: Financing Your Feature Film Saturday 2/23 at Scribe

Saturday, February 23, 2013; from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM; WINTER 2013

Instructor: Ed Vassallo
Workshop Location:
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fee: $25. $15 for Scribe, PIFVA, and Reelblack members

How micro is a micro budget? Do you go with a union or non-union production? What are the benefits and drawbacks of websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo? In soliciting funds, when does persistence become annoyance? What is the impact of casting decisions? How do you manage the tension between the integrity of your Art and the demands of Genre? What makes movies marketable, and how do they make money? Join veteran producer and actor Ed Vassallo as he considers these questions with workshop participants, and presents a 6-part financing strategy for your feature film.

Presented in partnership with Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA)

visit to pre-order tix.

Reelblack Founder Mike D. Awarded by the Urban Arts Honor Society 2/22

This is my first big honor.  I hope you will come out and support.

Order your tix in advance at
The Urban Arts Honor Society
Sponsored in part by UPENN
FRI, FEBRUARY 22, 2013
8 PM - 11 PM
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA
Hosted by Comedian Raul Gomez & Def Poet David Benjamin Watson

This year at The Urban Arts Honor Society, we’re honoring:

Baba Yumy Odom of Frator Heru Institute & Black Comics Convention
Rick Watson, Playwright & actor
Cleous Young, Childrens Author & Family Advocate
Cornbread, Creator of a Global Hip Hop Culture
Mary R Pitts, Spoken word artist & Author
Darius Lantz — Poet, writer & Event host of Coffee After Dark
Mike Dennis, Founder of Reelblack Cinema
Roz Fulton - Casting Director
M. Godfrey B - Christian Author & Motivational Speaker
Terrance Gore - World Renowned Fashion Designer, Dancer & Holistic Culinary Artist

Tributes by:

Guitarists John Cecil Price
Actor Christopher Mann of HBO The Wire
Jazz singer Lizzy Brown of the Clef Club
Ram Riches - Hip Hop artist, actor & Poet … with a LIVE AFRICAN BAND AND More!

Please take a moment to watch our video from last year ~ Symbiosis Presents: Urban Arts Honor Society 2011 - 2012
Published on Mar 22, 2012 by Crescendo Pro

Below you will also find more information regarding The Urban Arts Honor Society, its mission, honoree criteria & a Press Release from 2011-2012 year.  [Attached]

MISSION: The Urban Arts Honor Society aims to create an experience that transforms and inspires, based in a deep respect for our community and environment. We seek to provide a space for the fusion of aesthetics,
sound, and natural living, in an interactive atmosphere. UAHS supports the cultural vitality and economic development
the Greater Philadelphia Region by strengthening the partnership between business and the arts and cultural community.

Free Screening: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights 2/28 at PhillyCAM

ITVS Community Cinema and WHYY in partnership with PhillyCAM and ReelBlack present

The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight For Civil Rights
Thursday, February 28, 2013
6:30-8:30pm (doors open 6:00pm)
699 Ranstead Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Advanced RSVPs for this event are now CLOSED. There will be a waiting list at the door/seats will be opened only if available Guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

About the Film
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated - and controversial - leaders of the civil rights era. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders, and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.



Reelblack Announces Production of First Doc on African-American Film in Over a Decade on

PHILADELPHIA, PA (For Immediate Release)—Reelblack, the film production and promotions company based in Philadelphia, has begun a crowd-funding campaign in support of BLACK FILM NOW, the first feature-length documentary on African-American film in a decade. The company hopes to raise $25,000 at before March 10 to cover editing and additional production.

A pitch video for the project can be viewed at

Founder Michael Dennis (aka Mike D) is the driving force behind Reelblack TV. Aided by producer/cameraman Craig Carpenter, the online archive of over 400 artist interviews and music performances has amassed nearly 10 million views and over 9,000 subscribers on YouTube since 2006. Spike Lee, John Singleton, Haile Gerima, Lee Daniels, Byron Hurt, Chinonye Chukwu, Bradford Young, Cheryl Dunye, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Terence Nance, Julie Dash, Matthew Cherry, and Andrew Dosunmu are among the dozens of filmmakers that have been interviewed for the show. It was Mike D.’s desire to distill their wisdom into a feature film that sparked the idea for BLACK FILM NOW.

“More Black films have been made in the past 20 years than in the entire history of cinema before it, yet there hasn’t been a decent book or documentary on the subject in over a decade,” explains Mike D. “We have footage and access. We don’t have to wait another ten years for Ken Burns to tell this story.” Reelblack intends to use the money raised on Indiegogo to assemble a film based on material from their vault, augmented with new footage shot exclusively for the film.

“Spike Lee and John Singleton inspired a whole generation of young filmmakers to pursue their dreams,” says Carpenter. “BLACK FILM NOW will serve as a roadmap to mark how far we’ve come and inspire the next generation of storytellers.”

Sundance Best Director Ava DuVernay, who has contributed signed memorabilia to the campaign and will appear in the film says, “Michael Dennis has amassed an unrivaled collection of first-person interviews with both emerging contemporary black filmmakers and African-American cinematic legends. We should work together to preserve and present this archive. I hope fellow movielovers will join me in supporting and donating to the Reelblack IndieGoGo campaign.”

“This could become a lifelong project,” says Mike. “But our goal is to get a version of the film to festivals before the end of the year.”

Campaign ends at midnight on Sunday March 10, 2013. Contributions can be made online through If you’d like to be a part of their viral promotions team or have any questions about the project, contact Mike at or through Twitter @Reelblack #BLACKFILMNOW.


CJ {Christ Jesus} PRODUCTIONS THEATRE ARTS COMPNAY is having Auditions for our upcoming show:


Written by Cheryl Cherie Directed by Cheryl Cherie and Michael Jackson

The auditions will be held at Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: 744 S. 17th Street (that’s ON 17th Street between Fitzwater and Catharine Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19146

Please come prepared with a 2-3 minute monologue and a 2-3 minute piece of both dance and / or song (preferably Gospel as we are casting a Gospel Stage Play)

Union status:


Male Roles include:

· (an UNDERSTUDY for) Leading Character Pastor Dixon Youngblood - male character in early-late 20s - 30 yrs old; great powerful preacher, yet cocky and arrogant, is having affair with a female parishioner. As the understudy in this production, since it is a short 2 day run, the principle actor will do one show and the understudy will do the other.

· Deacon Peter Thomas – is in his mid 40s-late 60s is protective of his Pastor, Youngblood

Female Roles include:

· Mother Matthews – Eldest woman in Dixon’s church; 55 yrs old or above, she very “old school” & traditional in her thinking

· (an UNDERSTUDY for) Mother Mara – 45-50 yrs old, she is a little younger than Mother Matthews but just as old fashioned in her thinking

· Ollie Rae Knight – Trixie’s grandmother; inactive, gossiping member of Dixon’s church, rude and easily offended



REHEARSALS STARTS IMMEDIATELY: (has actually already started) AND WILL RUN



17th and Fitzwater Streets in South Philadelphia


Junior Citizens Web Series Casting Call

February 23, 2013 2-6PM

February 24, 2013 11AM-6PM

Annenberg Hall Room 4

My name is Natsai Todd and I am producing a web series entitled Junior Citizens which is currently a special program under the FMA program that is advised by prof. LeAnn Erickson.

Junior Citizens is a comedy-drama web series based in North Philadelphia about three twenty-two year old friends. This coming-of-age mini-series will track the development of their budding adult lives within a year’s time.

Rhonda – Black female, 22. Polished, put-together. Main character who comes back to college as a fifth year senior after taking time off because of depression. Neurotic about her future and upcoming responsibilities. Purchases a home in North Philly with her mother where Izzy and Xavier are her tenants.  Paid role.

Izzy – Black female, 22. Afro-punk look. Style is unique. Main and only character who graduates on time but didn’t prepare for post-grad life. Struggles with a minimum wage job and unpaid internship while stubbornly trying to show her parents that she can succeed on her own terms.  Paid role.

Xavier – Hispanic male, bi-sexual, 22. Style is suave without trying. In his fifth year along with Rhonda because of his indecisive habit of changing his major. Finally switches back into theater and decides to take his acting career seriously. Dreams of acting in Off-Broadway plays in New York. Paid role.

Patricia – Black female, 45-55. Rhonda’s mother. Very polished, style is along the lines of J. Crew. Recurring character who is very active in her daughter’s life. Although she is well-intentioned she can become overbearing, she is however Rhonda’s biggest support system. A very strong-willed woman. Paid role.

Sandy – Black female, 45-55. Izzy’s mother. A traditional southern woman. Her attire is very casual, a sweater and jeans or sundress suffices. She butts heads with her daughter because she wants her to move back home with her family in Atlanta. Believes film is a useless career and wants the best for her eccentric daughter. A sassy woman. Paid role.

Ennis – Black male, 45-55. Izzy’s father. Very laid back and unfortunately gets caught in the crossfire between his wife and daughter. He tries to find a middle ground but usually his points never get understood to either party. A typical family-oriented man. Blue collar attire. Paid role.

Vince – Any ethnicity male, in his twenties. Attractive bartender who plays hard to get yet still flirts with Xavier. Paid role.

Extras of all varieties will be needed for the bar scene. Unpaid.

Contact info:

Mike D Makes It Plain at Macy’s In Honor of Gordon Parks

Thanks to everyone who came out on short notice to support my appaerance at Macy’s in  honor of Gordon Parks.  It gave me a warm feeling to see so many friends in the audience.

Thanks also to Carol, Mike, Stephanie, Arthur and everyone else who haded out flyers for BLACK FILM NOW.  Thanks to Craig and Gabe who documented the event for us.  If you haven’t donated yet, please check out the perks.  We’ve made it so that for as low as $10 you can have your name in the credits and for $25 you get one free ticket to the premiere.

Please share the link.  If everyone who reads this got their ticket early and convinced two other people to make a donation, we’d be well on our way to reaching goal.

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