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Reelblack recommends a special screening of the new film by Philly’s own Dwight Wilkins.
Facing the Night, a film about a boy facing the night of his life,
will screen at Freedom Theatre this Saturday, November 2nd at 3pm and
7pm. The film features Antonio Dandridge, Michael Jackson, Karen
Vicks, Adenrele Ojo-Allen, Roshelle Lennon, Bryn Bookstaver, and
Michael Tamin Yurcaba.
Shot on location in Philly, the film was written and directed by
Dwight Wilkins, and shot by Scott Hyde, with Nakia Dillard as an
Support local independent film. Get your tickets now. Visit www.FreedomTheatre.org and click on Special Events to purchase tix.
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE - Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND PHONE NUMBER IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and the phrase “FACING THE NIGHT” to Contests@Reelblack.com Winners will be notified on Thursday afternoon. Good luck!
CONTEST HAS ENDED! CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA BRYCE OF WEST PHILLY, WHO WON THE PAIR OF TIX.
Reelblack members recently had a chance to see the highly anticipated 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which opens Friday at the Ritz Five, UA Main Street, UA King of Prussia, AMC Neshaminy and AMC Cherry Hill.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o deliver Oscar-worthy performances in this unflinching epic, based on the classic slave narrative by Solomon Northup. Some audience members were put off by the excessive violence, but I personally respect director Steve McQueen’s choice not to hold anything back. There is nothing one film can show me in 2 hours that is worst than what happened over the course of 400+ years in America. On a first viewing, there is not one false note played in this film. The writing, direction and production design are all top notch. The similarities to this film and Gordon Parks’ rendition (which we showed a couple weeks ago) are uncanny. There are a few minor changes but the plot is virtually identical, beat-for-beat (but obviously less violent, as it was made for TV). I’m curious to read the original book now (it is available as a free e-book online. Ultimately, 12 Years A Slave is about one man’s desire to survive against amazing odds. It is that resilience (and the resilience of our ancestors) that resonated most fully for me in this instant classic.
This is hands down the best movie I have seen all year. 10 out of 10 stars.
After you see the film, I’d love for you to share your thoughts with me. I will post them on Monday at Reelblack.com.
|12 YEARS A SLAVE - Official Trailer (HD)|
Reelblack strongly recommends you catch Friday night’s SPEAKEASY Spoken Word event at Warmdaddy’s. Hosted by JUST GREG, the powerhouse lineup will be headlined by URSULA RUCKER, the subject of Reelblack’s award-winning 2008 documentary POET.
Show runs from midnight to 2am. Admission is just $10. At Warmdaddy’s Columbus Blvd. and Reed Streets.
The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival is upon us. Running October 17-27 and featuring over 100 films from around the world, Reelblack recommends 8 movies of interest to lovers of African-American Film.
For complete list of films and to purchase tix,visit http://filmadelphia.org/festival
Discounted Tickets: Use the code pff22fof1a to save on your festival ticket purchase.
For a full downloadable .pdf of films we recommend with descriptions, click here
12 O’CLOCK BOYS (PFF ON US)
Saturday October 19 12:15pm Cinemark Rave
Saturday October 25 2:50pm Ritz East
A young boy dreams of joining an urban dirt bike gang in this thought-provoking documentary about making choices, chasing dreams and yearning to belong.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOMQY6k16TU
DIRECTOR LOTFY NATHAN IN ATTENDANCE ON 10/26
1982 (Reelblack Super Pick)
Saturday October 26 5pm Prince Music Theater
Sunday October 27 9:30pm Ritz East
A mother’s drug addiction threatens to tear a family apart in this searing Philadelphia-based drama during the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic.
Interview with Hill Harper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKUkRAL_BOk
DIRECTOR TOMMY OLIVER & ACTOR HILL HARPER IN ATTENDANCE ON 10/26
GOD LOVES UGANDA (PFF ON US)
Thursday October 24 3:15pm Ritz Bourse
Sunday October 27 7:20pm Ritz Bourse
The effects of the American evangelical fundamentalist movement on the religious and political climate of Uganda are scrutinized in this eye-opening documentary by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x3PTLQRQbA
DIRECTOR ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS IN ATTENDANCE ON 10/27
Sunday October 20 4:50pm Cinemark Rave
Friday October 25 2:45pm Ritz East
Auteur filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun returns with a fascinating look at the adventures of a disabled dancer struggling to survive the dangerous streets of Chad while doing anything he can to save himself and those around him.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls6UJNpIYyk
LET THE FIRE BURN
Saturday October 26 2pm Prince Music Theater
A riveting examination of the fatal standoff between Philadelphia law enforcement and the black militant liberation group MOVE, Let The Fire Burn details the aftermath of this tragic event through both news coverage and the subsequent public hearings.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9eCA0bIezA
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Wednesday October 23 8:30pm Prince Music Theater
Acclaimed British actor Idris Elba gives a towering performance as the famed South African freedom fighter and politician in this sweeping adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAglZjX3HOk
Saturday October 26 7:25pm Prince Music Theater
Sunday October 27 7:10pm Ritz East
Gritty and suspenseful, McCanick is a tense action-drama about a volatile Philadelphia police officer determined to apprehend a recent parolee, who holds information about the cop’s past.
View thrailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx9-cMZ9J_8
DIRECTOR JOSH C. WALLER IN ATTENDANCE
MOTHER OF GEORGE (PFF ON US) (Reelblack Super Pick)
Monday October 21 2:30pm Ritz Bourse
Friday October 25 7pm Ritz Bourse
This visually sumptuous drama finds a young Nigerian-American woman struggling to reconcile a new life and marriage in New York with the traditions of her homeland.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkzboSxcvJA
DIRECTOR ANDREW DOSUNMU IN ATTENDANCE ON 10/25.
Saturday October 19 2:25pm Cinemark Rave
Saturday October 26 9:45pm Prince Music Theater
An armed robbery, the appearance of an African-American man in an all-white Southern town and racial politics collide in The Suspect, an engaging thriller full of plot twists and surprises.
View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsE3QJf205w
DIRECTOR STUART CONNELLY IN ATTENDANCE
“PFF ON US FREE” TICKET PROGRAM
Thanks to the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation, PFS is once again proud to present “PFF On Us,” the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival’s free ticket program that offers complimentary tickets to the American Independents and Documentaries screening categories. Anyone can get one (1) free ticket to any PFF On Us screening.
Films where free tickets are available include:
12 O’ Clock Boys,
God Loves Uganda
Mother of George
Thanks to everyone who made the Philly/NJ opening of the ABFF and BlackStar Award-Winning THINGS NEVER SAID a success. We keep proving there is an audience for quality Black Film. Hopefully more independent distributors will know to bring their films to Philly, because we support. If you have yet to experience this great romance with poetry, you have until Thursday before it leaves the area multiplex.
Producer Skinny Lewis will be at the theater today for the 4:35 and 7:15pm shows.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Charles Murray’s filmmaker workshop at Art Sanctuary. Charles and his producing partner, Skinny Lewis dropped gems of wisdom and words or encouragement to a room of budding artists. We recorded the event and hope to make it available soon.
Finally, thanks to all my Reelblack family who came out yesterday to Helium Comedy Club to cheer me on at the PhillyPitch competition. While I didn’t win (one judge felt I came in 3rd out of 8–there were 2 winners, so I was 2nd place), it was a great experience that resonated even more because you guys were there sending love.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Friday’s opening night of THINGS NEVER SAID at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill. We had a great turnout, but are behind CARRIE and I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL. We need everyone’s support if we’re going to extend the engagement past this Thursday.
Charles Murray and Producer Brian “Skinny” Lewis will be at today’s (Saturday’s) 7:15 show to conduct a post-film Q&A.
Here are some of the comments from folks who came out to last night’s screening:
“Great Movie” — Ayana
“I walked in the theatre expecting to see a remake of Love Jones or Slam. What I saw tonight was in a league by itself. Thank you for bringing this great film before me and I look forward to seeing you at the workshop tomorrow.” — Terence
“Thank you Mr. Murray for putting out a Great production my family really enjoyed it.” — Chandra
“Awesome movie ! Well done! Go see it!!!” — Nancy
“Great movie it was touching and spoke volumes. As a writer and a poet myself I understand the need to find ones voice and tell your own story. Thank you for the great time” — Allen
Remember filmmaker Charles Murray is doing a Filmmaker’s Workshop this morning at Art Sanctuary (16th and Bainbridge) from 11-2. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Love, Peace and Nappiness,
From this morning’s Inquirer:
Read the full review HERE.
Now its up to us to make it a hit. THINGS NEVER SAID opens today at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill.
If you liked LOVE JONES, you’ll love THINGS NEVER SAID.
Complete weekend showtimes are
11:20AM | 2:00PM | 4:35PM | 7:15PM | 9:55PM
tickets can be purchased at
Writer/Director CHARLES MURRAY will be at the 7:15pm shows Friday and Saturday to participate in a post-film Q&A.
Charles is also conducting a special Filmmaker’s Workshop on Saturday from 11am-2pm at Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge. Cost is $10. Details at charlesmurrayphilly.eventbrite.com
Mr. Murray will appear with Patti Jackson on WDAS-FM this afternoon (after 12pm) and with Dr. Richard Cooper on 900 WURD-AM at 6:15pm for interviews.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film has something cool to give away this week. A mini poster for THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE signed by the director, George Tillman, Jr. and the Cast — Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizion, Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson.
One lucky reader will win this cool collectible, which is suitable for framing. Enter to win by sending anemail with your FULL NAME in the body of the message and the phrase “MISTER AND PETE” in the subject line to email@example.com
Winner will be chosen on Monday.
MISTER AND PETE opened last weekend at the Pearl, Ther Riverview, AMC Neshaminy and AMC Cherry Hill. Tickets and showtimes can be found at Fandango.com
Showtimes have just been announced for this weekend’s opening of THINGS NEVER SAID at AMC Cherry Hill.
Complete weekend showtimes are
Also, space is still available for Saturday’s Filmmaker’s Workshop with writer/director CHARLES MURRAY at Art Sanctuary.
Register at charlesmurrayphilly.eventbrite.com
Please spread the word!