Omari Hardwick on THINGS NEVER SAID


RBTV’s MIKE D. sat down with actor and poet OMARI HARDWICK at the 2013 BlackStar Film Festival to discuss his new movie, THINGS NEVER SAID, which is currently playing in theaters around the country. It opens TOMORROW at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 for an exclusive engagement. Writer/Producer/Director CHARLES MURRAY will attend the 7:15pm shows Friday and Saturday to conduct a post-film Q&A.

Remember, YOU’VE GOT THE POWER to make this film a success. I urge you to support this terrific romance during its opening weekend. If you like LOVE JONES, you will love THINGS NEVER SAID.

Reelblack is the official promoter of this engagement. If it does well, we will have the chance to bring more quality films to this market.

Get your tickets now at https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-loews-cherry-hill-24

Camera by Craig Carpenter.  Edit by Mike D. 

KALINDRA STEPNEY (Kal, Shanola Hampton) is an aspiring poetess, but inside she’s an artist who’s lost. Haunted by dreams deferred and a dangerous marriage, this Los Angelean yearns to perform on New York’s most acclaimed spoken word stage.

Wounded by a miscarriage and saddled with RONNIE (Elimu Nelson), an angry husband, Kal desperately seeks an outlet for her struggling artistic voice. Adding to her distress is best friend and compatriot DAPHNE (Tamala Jones), who also grapples with relationship issues. Kal’s inner turmoil is escalated by the surprise and uncertainty of new love found in CURTIS JACKSON (Omari Hardwick), a talented spoken word artist with a scarred past. Through their forbidden love, Kal helps Curtis heal a damaged relationship with his estranged young daughter. In turn, Curtis inspires Kal to dig deeper, discover her voice, and ultimately reclaim her sense of self-worth.

Come Cheer Me On At PhillyPitch This Saturday 3pm

Yesterday I was blessed with two bits of awesome news I wanted to share:  I was one of 12 local writers who got accepted into the Philly Sundance Screenwriting Intensive workshop for my screenplay, TUPAC IS ALIVE.

AND

I was chosen as one of 8 finalists for PHILLYPITCH, a story competition hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Film office and the Philadelphia Film Society for the same story.

The finals take place this Saturday at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street from 3-5pm.  Admission is free.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8480169415

The 8 finalists will have 2 minutes to pitch their comedy story ideas to a panel of judges.  One winner will be crowned.  The finalists are:

Ava Novela

Living the Dream

Lose Lose

Disordered

“Halloween”

Alien vs Pregnancy

2Pac is Alive

City of Brotherly Suds

I’m really excited about this.  If you can make it, please come out and show love.

Brown Bag Lunch With Filmmaker Charles Murray 10/19 at Art Sanctuary

In conjunction with the Cherry Hill, NJ premiere of the new feature film, THINGS NEVER SAID, Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film will host a special filmmaker’s workshop with the film’s writer/producer/director CHARLES MURRAY. The event will take place at Art Sanctuary, 16th & Bainbridge Streets in South Philadelphia from 11am-2pm. The discussion will be moderated by Reelblack’s Mike D. and The Dysfunctional Screenwriting Society’s Keith Chamberlain. Tickets for this event are $10. Bring your own lunch and get tips from a Hollywood screenwriting veteran.

Space is limited.  Tickets will be on sale at the door, but pre-registration is encouraged.  http://charlesmurrayphilly.eventbrite.com/

Charles Murray has spent the last 10 plus years as a television writer and has worked with TV heavyweights like David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue), Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues) and Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds, Third Watch). His recent foray into features is a natural extension of his ability to tell and share the best stories he can, on platforms his audience habitually and consistently consumes.

Working on shows like Sons of Anarchy (where he is currently Co-Executive Producer), Castle, Criminal Minds and V, he’s cultivated a rich, methodical storytelling sensibility as well as the relationships one would imagine you need to feed the all-encompassing TV pipeline.  He’s also written features for 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Screen Gems.  Things Never Said is his first feature film.

Reelblack has previously hosted workshops with filmmakers Ava DuVernay, Bradford Young, Neil Drumming and Alrick Brown. The mission is to provide insight into the craft and business of filmmaking to people interested in film, regardless of experience.

Presented in conjunction with Art Sanctuary and The Dysfunctional Screenwriter’s Society.

Mike D

A graduate of both New York University and The American Film Institute,[2] his short films and documentaries have won numerous awards and have screened worldwide. In 1999, Dennis founded Reelblack, a full-service production company based in Philadelphia, PA.[3] In addition to producing work-for-hire, it is responsible for Reelblack TV, an entertainment/newsmagazine originally broadcast on PhillyCAM/DUTV.[4] Partnered with YouTube, it has over 9 million views. Reelblack Presents and Soul Food Cinema are monthly film screenings designed to showcase classic films and work by up-and-coming filmmakers that relate to the Black experience. Since 2002, Reelblack has screened and/or promoted over 1000 films.

Keith Chamberlain

Keith Chamberlain is a New Jersey-based filmmaker who was written and directed three short films, Relationship Status (2011), The House of the Wicked (2012) and The Friend of My Friend is Apparently Not My Friend (2013). In addition, he serves as the founder of the Dysfunctional Screenwriters Society (www.thedssociety.com), which for nearly four years, has aided aspiring screenwriters in the Philadelphia/New Jersey region develop their talents and hone their screenwriting skills.

Save The Date | THINGS NEVER SAID Premiere Weekend 10/18 -20 in Cherry Hill

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Reelblack has signed on as official promoter for the Philadelphia area premiere of the BlackStar Film Festival hit, THINGS NEVER SAID.  The drama, starring Shanola Hampton and Omari Hardwick as spoken-word artists who fall in love will open next Friday, October 18 at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill.  Writer/Director Charles Murray will be in attendance for the Friday and Saturday evening showings.  THINGS NEVER SAID is an independent release that has been packing screenings across the country.  Let’s show some Philly Love by pledging to attend opening weekend.

Exact Time will be posted shortly but we are guessing 7pm.

KALINDRA STEPNEY (Kal, Shanola Hampton) is an aspiring poetess, but inside she’s an artist who’s lost. Haunted by dreams deferred and a dangerous marriage, this Los Angelean yearns to perform on New York’s most acclaimed spoken word stage.

Wounded by a miscarriage and saddled with RONNIE (Elimu Nelson), an angry husband, Kal desperately seeks an outlet for her struggling artistic voice. Adding to her distress is best friend and compatriot DAPHNE (Tamala Jones), who also grapples with relationship issues. Kal’s inner turmoil is escalated by the surprise and uncertainty of new love found in CURTIS JACKSON (Omari Hardwick), a talented spoken word artist with a scarred past. Through their forbidden love, Kal helps Curtis heal a damaged relationship with his estranged young daughter. In turn, Curtis inspires Kal to dig deeper, discover her voice, and ultimately reclaim her sense of self-worth.

Check out the very dope trailer below.

If you grew up liking LOVE JONES, you will love THINGS NEVER SAID.  It is smart, sexy and has a great cast led by Omari Hardwick, who many of you met at our premiere of MIDDLE OF NOWHERE a year ago.
We need help getting the word out.  Postcards will be available at this Friday’s screening of SOLOMON NORTHUP’S ODYSSEY in West Philly.  If you have time this weekend to help drop some off (or had out at your job), please come through and pick up a bundle.

We’ve got the power to sell out at least 2 shows next weekend. If you saw it at BlackStar, please consider bringing a friend to see it again.  When our grassroots efforts lead to sold out shows, more film distributors will make sure they bring their films to our town.  Please support by spreading the word and making plans to attend this weekend.

Win A Copy of KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN on DVD

Reelblack is giving away a copy of KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN on DVD to one lucky reader, courtesy of Codeblack Entertainment.  Hart’s fourth stand-up DVD (also available on Blu-Ray combo pack) will be released this Tuesday, October 15.

From Summit Entertainment, KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart’s 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and THE SUBJECT LINE “LET ME EXPLAIN” to contests@reelblack.com

Winner will be chosen and notified on Wednesday evening.

Buy it at Amazon: DVD http://www.amazon.com/Let-Me-Explain-Kevin-Hart/dp/B00EKR61BQ

Blu-Ray http://www.amazon.com/Let-Explain-Blu-ray-Kevin-Hart/dp/B00EKR61K2

Win Tix To See Comedian Craig Robinson at Heluim

Musical Comedian CRAIG ROBINSON (Peeples, The Office) shows are sold out tonight and Saturday at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street.  A 9:15pm show has been added for Sunday night and Reelblack is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE and THE SUBJECT LINE “CRAIG ROBINSON” to contests@reelblack.com

Winner will be chosen and notified on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets for Sunday’s early and late shows can be purchased at https://center-stage.seatengine.com/venues/helium-comedy-club/events/2990/shows

This contest has ended.  Congrats to Geneva Joy, who was randomly chosen the winner and thanks to everyone who entered.

Reelblack Presents | SOLOMON NORTHUP’S ODYSSEY 10/11 at United Bank Building

In anticipation of Steve McQueen’s award winning feature 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which opens October 18, Reelblack will host a rare public screening of Gordon Park’s final feature film, HALF SLAVE, HALF FREE: SOLOMON NORTHUP’S ODYSSEY on Friday October 11 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue.  Screening will start at 7pm.  Admission is $5.00.

Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, reissued as Half Slave, Half Free, is a 1984 American television film based on the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film, which aired on PBS, was directed by Gordon Parks with Avery Brooks starring as the titular character. It was the second film to be funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, following Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion in 1982. Parks returned to direct the film after years of absence. He chose to work in the Deep South and to collaborate with a crew of mixed races. The film first aired on PBS on December 10, 1984 and as part of PBS’s American Playhouse anthology television series in the following year. It was released on video under the title Half Slave, Half Free.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Northup%27s_Odyssey

Reelblack t-shirts will be available for sale plus we’ll be giving away MISTER AND PETE mini-posters and a pass to see Christine Yoo’s THE WEDDING PALACE at the show.

Wedding Palace Extended Another Week

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of last weekend’s opening of THE WEDDING PALACE.  Christine Yoo’s debut feature has been extended another week at the Ritz Bourse.  Congrats to Carolee Dunn, Bob Shenker, Laura Elam and Laia Davenport who all won passes to see THE WEDDING PALACE, courtesy of The Promotions Group.

I have 1 more pass for two to see the film that I will be giving away at this Friday’s screening at the United Bank Building.  View the trailer and more at http://www.weddingpalacemovie.com/

Free Screening of THE LEGEND OF CORNBREAD Tonight at L’Etage

Cinema Alliance and PIFVA are proud to present a screening of Cry of the City Part 1: The Legend of Cornbread as part of the Cinema Speakeasy series.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 9th for this event! The subject of the documentary, Darryl “Cornbread” McCray will be in attendance to answer questions about the project.

Synopsis: This documentary chronicles the life of Philadelphia-based legend Darryl “Cornbread” McCray, the man credited as being the father of modern day graffiti and hip hop.  Cry of the City profiles Cornbread’s life, from growing up tagging walls to the ups and downs that led to his dedication as a social worker and father.  Interviews throughout the documentary with Jane Golden (Philadelphia Mural Arts), Pose 2 (another wall-writer), his son Troy, and friends show different facets of the man and how he helped establish a world-wide cultural movement.

Wednesday, Oct 9th

7:00pm

L’Etage
624 S 6th St Philadelphia, PA 19147

For more information and to see the trailer, please visit:

http://www.cinema-alliance.com/movies/COTC/cotc.html

An Oversimplification Out Now on DVD

Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which is my favorite film of 2013 (so far) is out now on DVD and iTunes.  An audacious, offbeat, heartfelt and quirky debut, this is definitely one you’ll want in your collection. Order it at AMAZON.

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