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Win A Draft Day Prize Pack

To celebrate the release of the new Kevin Costner sports film, Reelblack and Summit Entertainment are giving away 5 DRAFT DAY PRIZE PACKS.  Prize pack consists of a shirt, towel and hat.

DRAFT DAY opens in theaters on April 11.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “DRAFT DAY CONTEST” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to contests@reelblack.com  Winners will be selected at random and notified over the weekend.  Good luck!

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.

What Is Transcendence (In Theaters April 17)

“What is TRANSCENDENCE”? The question that helps put everything into perspective about WB’s latest sci-fi thriller can be answered in a new featurette from the cast and crew including Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp and Producer Broderick Johnson (African-American).

When discussing the creation of the film, Producer Broderick Johnson says that “the idea that a loved one’s consciousness could be preserved was very seductive.

The appeal or potential danger of transcendence is intensified by Morgan Freeman’s thoughts. “In this situation we only have one transcendent mind. Imagine if we had a hundred,says Freeman.

In the below clip, Director Wally Pfister describes transcendence as the “the uploading of a human brain onto a super computer”, while cast member Johnny Depp calls it the danger to virtually be God.”

Stanley Nelson Materclasses Thursdays at Penn (Free)

Stanley Nelson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Nelson is the director of twelve documentary features, including Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till. He is also co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians.  Nelson is currently finalizing a new film, Freedom Summer, which will air on PBS’ American Experience in June 2014 and in production on The Black Panthers: Seize the Time, which is the first in a series of three films Nelson will direct as part of a new multi-platform PBS series entitled America Revisited. With seven of his films having premiered at Sundance Film Festival and multiple industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

Master Class: Stanley Nelson will discuss his upcoming PBS ‘Independent Lens’ film on the Black Panther Party with rough-cut clips from the film.

Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut Street, Room 109

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

Master Class: Stanley Nelson will discuss his work process using film clips to help illustrate the discussion, including technical and personal narratives developed over the course of his filmmaking career.

Moderated program with the graduate student group CAMRA.

Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut Street, Room 109

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

Final Film Screening and Post Film Q&A: Freedom Summer

Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut Street, Room 110



Join us, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12 noon at the Point of Destination Cafe (Greene and Upsal Streets) for the screening of the Sundance award winning AMERICAN PROMISE, sponsored by the Philadelphia NAACP. Followed immediately will be a book signing and conversation with author Hilary Beard.

Both the book will be available for purchase and information on how to download the free companion workbook

Reelblack Signature on Indieporch.com

Reelblack has teamed with Indieporch.com, which curates short films by makers of color, to deliver REELBLACK SIGNATURE, a selection of the best interviews from Reelblack TV.  The first four clips posted feature exclusive interviews from the FILMMAKERS AND PIONEERS DVD.  Please visit http://indieporch.com/indieviews/10 and check out our interviews with the late IVAN DIXON, NELSON GEORGE, RASHAD ERNESTO GREEN and KEVIN JEROME EVERSON.  Then visit the rest of “tha porch” to discover some amazing short films by emerging talent.

Win A Copy of HOME on DVD

HOME will be released on March 25

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  Congrats to Roslyn Daniel of Audobon, NJ and Tasha Russell of Mt. Airy, who were the winners.

Reelblack and Entertainment One are giving two lucky readers a copy of the BlackStar Film Festival hit HOME on DVD.

Jack Hall (GBENGA AKINNAGBE) is a man suffering from mental illness, whose goal is to move out of the group home and into a home of his own. By doing so he hopes to rebuild his life, reconnect with his estranged son, and put himself back on a path to “normalcy.”

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “HOME” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to contests@reelblack.com

The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday.  Good luck!

Movie Meetup For FRANKIE & ALICE 4/5 in Cherry Hill

Let’s support the theatrical release of Codeblack’s new drama FRANKIE & ALICE. Let’s catch the show closest to Noon on Saturday April 5 at the AMC Loews Cherry Hill (exact time TBA), then go across the highway to the Ruby Buffet for discussions and giveaways. Everything is dutch treat. Approximate cost $20 (movie ticket and meal).

From Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and the executive producers of “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”and “Lackawanna Blues” comes a mind-bending drama starring Academy Award® winner and Golden Globe® nominee Halle Berry The Call, Monster’s Ball. FRANKIE & ALICE is inspired by the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer “Frankie” with dissociative identity disorder  (DID) who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.”  In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Halle Berry) works together with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgård) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Always at the forefront of women’s issues, Halle Berry, Academy Award®-winning actress turned film producer, produces and stars in FRANKIE & ALICE, a must-see, award-worthy psychological drama inspired by a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles.

GET ON UP - In Theaters August 1

In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as legendary music icon James Brown. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.
In Theaters August 1


Contest has ended.  Congrats to Michelle Hudson of King Of Prussia, who won the DVD.

Reelblack and Music Video Distributors are giving one lucky reader a copy of the just released FREESTYLE: THE ART OF RHYME 10TH ANNIVERSARY DVD.

The world of improvisational rap is explosively explored in this look at the best MC’s to ever bless the mic!

From the creators of the Academy Award Nominated film “Murderball” comes the cult classic documentary that explosively explores the world of improvisational rap! This award wining and critically acclaimed film gives an authentic look into the life, music and history of 90’s underground hip hop culture & is packed with rare & archival footage of some of the most amazing MC’s ever to bless the mic!

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “FREESTYLE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to contests@reelblack.com

The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday.  Good luck!

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