Christian McBride - Good Advice

Bassist/Composer CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE offers up some Good Advice to aspiring artists in this exclusive clip filmed live at the 2013 Montclair Jazz Festival.  Catch up with all things McBride at  Special Thanks Montclair Film Festival. Camera Craig Carpenter

Kevin Hart Movie Tickets Go On Sale Monday

Ok. They’re treating Fandango Like Ticketmaster.  Make Philly proud.  Be sure to pre-order your tix this Monday…

Reelblack Recommends PEEPLES

Peeples is the first release under Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Productions banner that he did not write or direct himself.  Writer Tina Gordon-Chism’s (Drumline) directorial debut is a fun diversion about a young man (played by Craig Robinson) who sneaks up to his girlfriend’s family’s summer retreat to pop the question. Obviously inspired by MEET THE PARENTS, the entire cast is amiable and the chuckles are abundant.  This would make for a good Mother’s day outing.  The film takes good advantage of Craig Robinson’s strengths and he has good chemistry with Kerry Washington.  Let’s hope Tyler continues to give other filmmakers shine. Recommended.

HARVEST OF EMPIRE AT UA RIVERVIEW | Filmmakers In Person at Friday’s 7:25pm Show

A new documentary based on Juan Gonzalez’s book “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America”

Opens today at the UA Riverview Theater, Columbus Blvd. and Reed Streets.  Producers Eduardo López and Wendy Thompson-Marquez will be on hand to introduce the 7:25pm show.

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present HARVEST OF EMPIRE, a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.

Based on the ground-breaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, HARVEST OF EMPIRE takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.
From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, HARVEST OF EMPIRE unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.

As Juan González says at the beginning of the film “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades - actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north.”

Kevin Jerome Everson - On The Practice of Making Film

Experimental filmmaker/artist KEVIN JEROME EVERSON has made 70+ shorts and 5 features. Find out more about him in this exclusive clip.

Chinonye Chukwu To Teach Screenwriting Class at Scribe

Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu, whose work was recently featured at Reelblack’s Early Work showcase at the Cinedelphia Film Festival, will teach and Introduction to Screenwriting class at scribe beginning May 30.  Details are here:

This month’s episode of Reelblack TV features an interview with Chinonye (see above), whose debut feature, ALASKALAND recently screened at BAM’s New Voices in Black Cinema.

Mumia Movie Meetup Monday 5/6

Steven Vittoria’s award-winning doc, MUMIA: LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY opens today for a limited run at the Ritz Bourse. The filmmakers and many Mumia supporters will be at the theater on opening night. It’s important to support indie films that will raise our level of awareness. Reelblack will host a Movie Meetup for the 7pm show in support of this important work.

If you can see the film at one of the weekend shows, please go as your presence adds to the weekend box office. If you want to join us Monday, we will do a DVD giveaway and have discussion at Cosi Cafe across the street after the movie.

At the Rizt Bourse, 400 Ranstead Street (4th Street between Market and Chestnut).  Cost is $10 for the movie plus whatever you get at Cosi, should you decide to join us for discussion.

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