Reelblack’s Season 12 Kickoff Is Tonight at 7pm

Dearly beloved,  Reelblack’s Season 12 kickoff–celebrating the 30th Anniversary of PURPLE RAIN, is happening TONIGHT at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in University City.

Tickets are $10 adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack and IHouse members.

Get tickets the day of the show or order in advance at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/613001

This is going to be a night to remember.  There are lots of surprises in store as we pay tribute to the music of Prince Rogers Nelson. We have a special surprise guest from the cast Skyping in for a live post film Q&A.  We will be giving away copies of Prince’s two new CDs (released today) and a special prize will go to the person wearing the best 80s fashion.

James’ Side of the Road Jerk Chicken, FriutyGirl Iced Tea and Lyrispect (signing copies of her poetry collection) will all be vending at Tuesday’s show.  Reelblack DVDs, T-shirts and Memberships will be available as well.

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When Prince’s dazzling and dynamic Purple Rain (movie and soundtrack album) and the hypnotic hit single “When Doves Cry” exploded onto the pop-culture scene in 1984, it seemed there was nothing the purple one couldn’t do. The film is basically a feature-length music video, but no musician has ever had a better big-screen showcase for his many talents. The plot is really just a theme (about the son of an abusive father struggling not to continue the pattern) upon which to hang some of Prince’s most dazzling songs (including “Let’s Go Crazy” and the title tune), and some sizzling live-concert numbers. Apollonia Kotero is ravishing as the romantic interest, and Morris Day and the Time provide some terrific musical competition. Purple Rain is an essential artifact of the mid-’80s pop Zeitgeist. Prince took home an Oscar for the song score. -Jim Emerson

WIN AN ADDICTED: LIVE WITH ZANE PRIZE PACK

Reelblack, #Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film is giving one lucky reader a special ZANE PRIZE PACK.  The prize includes two tickets to attend Fathom Events ADDICTED LIVE WITH ZANE (theater TBD), a special sneak preview of ADDICTED on 10/9, followed by a live Q&A (via satellite) with ZANE and the cast of the film.  Winner will also receive an autographed copy of ADDICTED, the novel that started it all.

ENTER TO WIN by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS in the body of the message and THE PHRASE “ADDICTED CONTEST” in the subject line to contests@reelblack.com Winner will be selected at random and notified next Monday afternoon.

The legions of fans of Zane’s provocative best-selling thriller “Addicted,” adapted into a major motion picture from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Codeblack Films, will be treated to a unique one-night event, Addicted: Live With Zane,” the day before the film’s nationwide theatrical release, it was announced today by event hosts Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Fathom Events.

The three companies have joined forces to give fans an early chance to see the film and participate in a live Q&A with best-selling author Zane, Addicted stars Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford and William Levy and the film’s director Bille Woodruff.  The event will be broadcast live from the AMC Magic Johnson Theater in New York and audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions via Twitter as well as hear Grammy®-winning recording artist Estelle sing her latest single, ”Conqueror,” featured in the film.

“Addicted: Live With Zane” will be presented in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, October 9th at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT with a second tape-delayed showing at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.

“We’re excited to partner with Fathom Events to bring this unique in-theater experience to the fans of ‘Addicted,’” said Quincy Newell, Codeblack Films EVP & General Manager.   “This live interactive event with Zane and our fabulous cast, capped with Estelle performing her song ‘Conqueror,’ will add an extra dimension to the movie-going experience for audiences to savor.”

Tickets for “Addicted: Live With Zane” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 340 select movie theaters nationwide through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).  Each online ticket purchase also allows audiences to get a free download of Zane’s new novella, Addicted With a Twist.

Based on Zane’s best-selling novel, Addicted is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all - the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career.  As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist.  As she pursues a secret life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.  The film also stars Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham, and William Levy and is directed by Bille Woodruff from a screenplay by Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash.

Save $20 on Illumination Experience Cinematography Workshop (Oct. 2)

Shane Hurlbut’s A.S.C., The Illumination Experience cinematography tour will be in Philadelphia on October 2nd.
The Illumination Workshop will be interactive and consist of live demonstrations. Students will have the chance to receive on-the-spot feedback from Shane himself and learn how to utilize script analysis, storyboard preparation, lighting schematics, and shot lists.

The discount is $20 off.
The code is IETRMG.

For more info/to reserve your space go to http://illumination.mzed.com/reserve-now

Shane Hurlbut (born 1964), also credited as L. Shane Hurlbut,[2] is an American cinematographer. Originally from Ithaca, New York, he grew up near Cayuga Lake, and graduated from Southern Cayuga High School in 1982. Hurlbut studied film at Emerson College, graduating with a degree in film and television in 1986. His early career included work on music videos for Gloria Estefan and Smashing Pumpkins. He met director Rob Cohen while working on a music video for the 1996 disaster film Daylight, and again worked with Cohen as cinematographer for the television pilot of The Guardian.

Hurlbut received a nomination for an award from the American Society of Cinematographers for his work as director of cinematography on the 1998 television movie The Rat Pack – he was the youngest cinematographer ever to have been nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers award for a debut film.

He has received positive comments from film critics for his cinematography work on films including Drumline and Mr. 3000, and in a review of the film Into the Blue Roger Ebert highlighted Hurlbut’s work. In a review of the 2005 film The Greatest Game Ever Played Joan E. Vadeboncoeur of The Post-Standard described Hurlbut as a “splendid cinematographer” who contributed “beauty and atmosphere” to the film’s shots. His work on the 2006 romantic comedy Something New where he collaborated with director Sanaa Hamri was positively received in The Times-Picayune and The Journal News, and his cinematography work on the 2006 film Waist Deep with director Vondie Curtis-Hall was well received in The Seattle Times.

Reelblack Presents PURPLE RAIN 30th Anniversary 9/30 at IHouse

What: Reelblack Presents PURPLE RAIN (30th Anniversary)

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

When: Tuesday September 30, 2014 at 7pm

Cost: $10/ adults, $8 Students & Seniors, $5/Reelblack and IHouse Members

Get your tickets at the IHous Box office or in advance at http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/613001

Reelblack kicks off its 12th Season with a special 30th Anniversary screening of the 1984 classic, PURPLE RAIN.  There are lots of surprises in store as we pay tribute to the music of Prince Rogers Nelson.  A special prize will go to the person wearing the best 80s fashion.

When Prince’s dazzling and dynamic Purple Rain (movie and soundtrack album) and the hypnotic hit single “When Doves Cry” exploded onto the pop-culture scene in 1984, it seemed there was nothing the purple one couldn’t do. The film is basically a feature-length music video, but no musician has ever had a better big-screen showcase for his many talents. The plot is really just a theme (about the son of an abusive father struggling not to continue the pattern) upon which to hang some of Prince’s most dazzling songs (including “Let’s Go Crazy” and the title tune), and some sizzling live-concert numbers. Apollonia Kotero is ravishing as the romantic interest, and Morris Day and the Time provide some terrific musical competition. Purple Rain is an essential artifact of the mid-’80s pop Zeitgeist. Prince took home an Oscar for the song score. –Jim Emerson

“The best rock film sincePINK FLOYD: THE WALL…A skillfull, exicting, personal film…One of the best combinations I’ve ever seen of rock music and drama” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Don’t Miss REBELLUM 9/27 at The Painted Bride

Rebellum - a project of Burnt Sugar Arkestra

At The Painted Bride 230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Saturday, Sep 27 | 8pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of
Members: $17.50/$21

Painted Bride show-goers might notice a few familiar faces when REBELLUM hits the stage on September 27th for our season opener. This ensemble is an alter-ego (or “splinter cell,” as they put it) of Burnt Sugar Arkestra, the jazz provocateurs who tore up our stage in 2012 to the tune of Miles Davis and James Brown.

Over the past several years, Burnt Sugar Arkestra has gained notoriety for similar tributes to David Bowie and Steely Dan, among others. But this year, the ensemble stepped forward with a brand new album, a brand new name, and a brand new bag.

The Rebellum project started as an exercise in “radical conformity,” says conductor, guitarist, and former Village Voice author, Greg Tate. The Harlem-based band challenged themselves to pack their sprawling sound into more traditional, radio-friendly tunes. What emerged was The Darknuss, a 20-track debut LP packed with what they’re calling “snarky protest songs, wry race music and roman­tic warrior anthems.” The name ‘Rebellum’ came after, a necessary rebrand for the band’s segue into original music.

Burnt Sugar fans needn’t worry—Rebellum is no less spontaneous or theatrical because of its creative constraints. In fact, Tate says the Rebellum show has produced a different kind of drama–a surprising new level of showmanship.

“There’s no dress code for this show,” says Tate, hinting that each member of the 10-piece ensemble will be letting their freak flag fly. “I can never predict what characters will emerge.” Having recently returned from a 10-city Rebellum tour, that’s saying something.

If nothing else, Rebellum attendees can expect a night of experimental funk, soul, and Afro-Futurist insurgency. Tate, who has variously played in and organized bands since the early 90s is particularly stoked about the trajectory of the project, saying, “I’m excited to be in a rock band again.”

BUY TICKETS today and join us for our season opener and the Bride premier of Rebellum. And if you are a Bride Member, there will be a special members-only dessert reception with the artists following the concert!

Check out Rebellum’s debut The Darknuss via Bandcamp

Follow Rebellum on Twitter @RebellumBand

Visit the band’s official site at www.rebellumbandandshow.com

Vote For Project Greenlight Finalist Shequeta Smith Today

After spending several years trying to break into Hollywood, working on shows like the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and VH1’s “Flavor of Love,” North Carolina native, Shequeta Smith, recently beat out thousands of filmmakers to become one of the Top 20 finalists in HBO’s “Project Greenlight” Competition.

The newly revived Project Greenlight, HBO’s filmmaking documentary series, will be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, executive producers of the original two seasons. Smith submitted a video bio in addition to a teaser trailer for her upcoming feature film, “The Gestapo vs. Granny”; a comedy set inside of a retirement home that tells the story of Agnes Monroe, a cranky senior citizen who has infamously been kicked out of eighteen retirement homes.

A North Carolina State Alum, Smith first got the idea to become a screenwriter after an English professor suggested it after reading a play that she authored freshman year. Shortly after graduating, Smith relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s participated in writing programs at both UCLA and USC and has been selected into multiple film festivals with her short films.

“I just want to create smart and fun movies that take viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, whether they’re laughing or crying — or crying from laughing.” says Smith.

Though beating out thousands to become the only African-American Top 20 finalist is impressive, Smith will have to make it as a Top 10 finalist in order to guarantee a spot on the HBO television series. The Top 20 voting round started on Monday, September 15, 2014 and lasts until Friday, September 26, 2014.

The one video that receives the most votes from the Project Greenlight community during the voting period will be automatically included into the final Top 10. The remaining nine video finalists will be selected by a group of film industry professionals — including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Vote For The Gestapo vs. Granny Here: http://www.projectgreenlight.com

Watch Shequeta’s Video Bio: http://youtu.be/-K8wmIi2FKM

Follow Shequeta On Twitter: http://twitter.com/RayvenChoi

BLACK POWER TV 9/18 at Annenberg

Thursday September 18 at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.898.3900

In Devorah Heitner’s book Black Power TV, she chronicles the evolution of Black public affairs television during the 1960s and ’70s through the emergence of local and national programming. New York’s Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant and Boston’s Say Brother offered their own take on mainstream discourse while also highlighting important figures in Black history and exploring Black culture and art. Black Power TV reveals how the early Black public affairs television programs redefined African American representations in ways that continue to reverberate in society today.

Join Black Power TV author and media scholar Devorah Heitner for a screening and discussion of segments from Black public affairs shows from around the country including Philadelphia’s Visions. Led by Sara Lomax-Reese, WURD President and General Manager, the distinguished panel will include:

  • Trudy Haynes, Broadcast journalist, Former entertainment reporter for KYW 3; Host, The Trudy Haynes Show, Sunday Magazine and Sunday Side Up
  • Louis Massiah, Executive Director of the Scribe Video Center
  • Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English at Penn
  • Devorah Heitner, Author, Black Power TV

At the conclusion of the forum, Heitner will be available to sign copies of Black Power TV. Copies will be available for sale at the event.

This event is free but a ticket is required!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Fathom Events, Lionsgate and Codeblack Films to Host Special Live Event Screening of Feature Film “Addicted,” Based on Smash Best-Seller, on October 9

Author Zane, Director Bille Woodruff and Film’s Cast will Treat Audiences in Select Cinemas Nationwide to Special Event on Eve of Addicted’s Theatrical Release

Live Performance from Estelle Performing Her Song “Conqueror” - Featured in the Film’s End Credits

Denver, Colo. - September 12, 2014 - The legions of fans of Zane’s provocative best-selling thriller “Addicted,” adapted into a major motion picture from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Codeblack Films, will be treated to a unique one-night event, Addicted: Live With Zane,”

the day before the film’s nationwide theatrical release, it was announced today by event hosts Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Fathom Events.

The three companies have joined forces to give fans an early chance to see the film and participate in a live Q&A with best-selling author Zane, Addicted stars Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford and William Levy and the film’s director Bille Woodruff.  The event will be broadcast live from the AMC Magic Johnson Theater in New York and audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions via Twitter as well as hear Grammy®-winning recording artist Estelle sing her latest single, ”Conqueror,” featured in the film.

“Addicted: Live With Zane” will be presented in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, October 9th at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT with a second tape-delayed showing at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.

“‘Addicted’ is a film people will be talking about for a long time,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “Offering our large and loyal audience the chance to have an advance look and participate with the author, cast and filmmakers is an experience they won’t soon forget.”

“We’re excited to partner with Fathom Events to bring this unique in-theater experience to the fans of ‘Addicted,’” said Quincy Newell, Codeblack Films EVP & General Manager.   “This live interactive event with Zane and our fabulous cast, capped with Estelle performing her song ‘Conqueror,’ will add an extra dimension to the movie-going experience for audiences to savor.”

Tickets for “Addicted: Live With Zane” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 340 select movie theaters nationwide through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).  Each online ticket purchase also allows audiences to get a free download of Zane’s new novella, Addicted With a Twist.

Based on Zane’s best-selling novel, Addicted is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all - the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career.  As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist.  As she pursues a secret life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.  The film also stars Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham, and William Levy and is directed by Bille Woodruff from a screenplay by Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash.

Watch First Episode of Black-ish For Free on iTunes

ABC’s new family comedy, “black-ish”,  premiering on September 24th at 9:30pm, takes a fun yet bold look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family. The series stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and special guest star Laurence Fishburne. “black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne.

“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris and is executive-produced by Barris, Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

Starring: Anthony Anderson | Tracee Ellis Ross | Yara Shahidi | Marcus Scribner | Miles Brown | Marsai Martin | Laurence Fishburne

Although it doesn’t premiere until 9/24 on ABC, The first episode of BLACK-ISH is available NOW as a FREE DOWNLOAD on iTunes.  I found it to be well written and of course the cast is great.  I’m still not a fan of the title, but if you liked The Bernie Mac Show or Modern Family, this might be your cup of tea.

Reelblack and PEC Present THE SUSPECT (Filmmakers In Person)

Reelblack and PEC continue its popular Second Fridays on Lancaster Ave Movie series with a special screening of THE SUSPECT, starring Mekhi Phifer. The film’s producer, Mary Jo Barthmaier and writer/director Stuart Connelly will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

Friday September 12, 2014 7pm at 4017 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 and includes refreshments.

Two African-American men partake in their own social science experiments by robbing banks to study the racial based decision making of small town law enforcement. The team would split up, one robbing the bank with a fake gun and the other acting as a decoy for police by looking suspicious near the scene of the crime. However, when one of the experiments goes wrong, it leaves a suspect who must answer a lot of complicated questions. During the interrogation, the suspect reveals that not all is what it seems.

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