Nate Parker | Tanee McCall-Short on Reelblack Radio 10/31 at 4pm

This week’s episode of Reelblack Radio we will talk to actor NATE PARKER, who stars in the upcoming feature BEYOND THE LIGHTS and wrote and directed the short film #AmeriCAN (see below).  Also actress TANEE MCCALL-SHORT will call in to discuss her short film, THE END AGAIN, and subsequent Indiegogo campaign.  Please tune in/call in.  Listen live at http://900amwurd.com Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065

Win A Copy of BLISSFULLY UNMARRIED on DVD

BLISSFULLY UNMARRIED is Out Now on DVD.  Derrick Shaw’s consistently funny comedy starring Teddy Ames premiered last year at festivals and now Reelblack is giving one lucky reader a copy of the movie on DVD.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS in the body of the message and the phrase “BLISSFULLY UNMARRIED” in the subject line to contests@reelblack.com

John Haw is having a tough time adjusting to his newly divorced status. When things are at the lowest point of his life, the unthinkable happens, he wins a million dollars and all of his trouble go from bad to worse.

DVR ALERT - CHRIS ROCK and PRINCE on SNL


Saturday Night Live promises to be great this week as CHRIS ROCK returns to host with musical guest PRINCE.  Chris has a new movie coming out in December and Price just released two new CDs.  You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

CHAZZ PALMINTERI RETURNS TO THE PRINCE 10/31

Back by Popular Demand!

Chazz Palminteri presents A Bronx Tale - the original one man show returns to the Prince for two shows only! Tix are still available for this Friday, Oct 31, but Saturday Nov 1 is now sold out.

CLICK HERE for tix and info.
Click above to see Reelblack’s interview w/ Palminteri.

TOMMY DAVIDSON THIS WEEKEND AT HELIUM COMEDY CLUB


October 30 - Nov 1:

TOMMY DAVIDSON will perform Five shows beginning Thursday at Helium Comedy Club, 20th and Sansom.  Enjoy great stand-up and a full food & drink menu from the comfort of Helium’s NEW lounge or showroom! For more info call 215.496.9001 or click here!
Check out RBTV’s interview with the In Living Color and The Proud Family star, above.

SUPPORT OPENENDED on INDIEGOGO

Ironically similar to and almost mirroring of the couple’s real-life drama, THE END AGAIN (filmed earlier this year in January 2014) shows Jane Salmon (Tanee McCall-Short) and Joe Maxwell (Columbus Short od Scandal) opposite each other in a vulnerable portrayal of love’s complexities in relationships and takes the audience through their attempt to reconcile their personal battles of conscience against a love that still remains. The film arrives just a few months after news of the couple’s real life divorce is making headlines (http://www.essence.com/2014/07/09/columbus-short-opens-about-personal-scandals/) and in many ways, speaks to the couple’s actual struggles as they work to restore their marriage.
Check out the short film:

The filmmakers of Openedned have recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for the making of the forthcoming feature film tied to THE END AGAIN, called OPENENDED.  For more details on THE END AGAIN and the making of Openended, please visit http://openendedfilm.com

IndieGoGo http://bit.ly/loveopenended

Documentary Pioneer ALBERT MAYSLES at IHouse 11/5

At International House 3701 Chestnut Street.  Admission $10 Adults - $8 Students and Seniors.  $5-$7 for IHouse Members.

Moderated by Anthony Smyrski of Random Embassy and Megawords CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO.

Join us to welcome Albert Maysles, acknowledged by the New York Times in May 2002 as “the dean of documentary filmmaking” and one of the early creators of “direct cinema” along with his brother, David Maysles. They were among the first to capture life as it unfolded before their camera - without scripts, sets, or narration.  Mayles’ films such as Salesman (which is listed in the Library of Congress as one of America’s 25 most important films), Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and Running Fence are widely considered classics of the documentary. His film subjects have included such luminaries as The Beatles, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Truman Capote, Vladimir Horowitz, and Muhammad Ali.

Join us on Wednesday, November 5th as Mr. Maysles discusses his work and career, in particular how people, communities, and cultures have influenced his process and art he documents.  IHP members have the option of attending an intimate, members-only meet and greet reception with Mr. Maysles at 6:00pm prior to his talk. Complimentary light hors-d’oeuvres and wine will be served. If you’re not a member yet, you can become one now with just a few clicks.

NADINE PATTERSON LEADS TALK ON BLACK FILM 11/8

GriotWorks Cultural Competency Courses, an 8-part series of public workshops teaching foundations in African American history, traditions, media and culture. This is the 2nd workshop in our series.

COST OF EACH SESSION IS $5.  AT CULTUREWORKS 1315 WALNUT STREET, SUITE 320 from Noon-2pm

Registration Link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-competency-course-black-film-the-revolution-then-and-now-tickets-13828 550567?aff=eac2

See the List of All 8 Courses in the Series: https://www.facebook.com/ events/904443536252135/

Questions: Email griotworks@gmail.com

Movie Meetup This Saturday 2:10pm | Dear White People

It is important to support quality Black Film in theaters–not on bootleg. The Sundance award-winning hit DEAR WHITE PEOPLE opens this weekend on a number of area screens. Reelblack and The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) want to pack the house for the 2:10pm show at the UA Riverview, Columbus Blvd an Reed Streets.

This film is already selling out shows in NY and LA. Let’s show them that there is an audience for “good movies ’bout Black folks” in Philly.

Let’s get together and support opening weekend of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE this Saturday at the UA Riverview. With giveaways (including signed posters), food and discussion at Ruby Buffet to follow.

Showtime for movie is 2:10pm (adults $10). Ruby Buffet at 1100 S. Columbus Boulevard is approximately $16 (including beverage)

Event will be DUTCH TREAT, meaning everyone will be responsible for their own tickets and food.

Movie tickets may be purchased in advance at http://www.fandango.com/uariverviewplazastadium1726rpx_aadib/theaterpage?date=10%2F25%2F2014

SYNOPSIS

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.” When Dear White People screened at MOMA’s prestigious New Directors/New Films, the New York Times’ A.O. Scott wrote, “Seeming to draw equal measures of inspiration from Whit Stillman and Spike Lee, but with his own tart, elegant sensibility very much in control, Mr. Simien evokes familiar campus stereotypes only to smash them and rearrange the pieces.”

Reelblack Recommends - A SEPARATE CINEMA: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BLACK POSTER ART

Reelblack HIGHLY RECOMMENDS the recently published book, A SEPARATE CINEMA: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BLACK POSTER ART by John Kitch from Reel Art Press.

I was familiar with many of the images in this new volume from the 1992 version of A SEPARATE CINEMA (now sadly out of print).  This update features dozens more images, organized as a quick history of Black Film–From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to 12 Years a Slave.

The reproductions are beautiful on sturdy paper. The art featured in the book is compiled from a priceless collection of over 38,000 images in the Separate Cinema archive.  The book spends a lot of time on movies pre-1960 (a lot of the posters represent films that are hard-to-locate or even lost).  There is a short section on Blaxploitation (fans should seek out used copies of WHAT IT IS…WHAT IT WAS, another book that is long gone).

Book currently goes for around $55 on Amazon and is worth every penny.  Definitely a must-own for film lovers and for filmmakers interested in gaining an understanding of the legacy of Black film.

VIEW SAMPLE PAGES AT http://www.reelartpress.com/catalog/edition/59/separate-cinema

GET IT HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Separate-Cinema-First-Years-Poster/dp/1909526061

*****

This magnificent volume is a celebration of the first 100 years of black film poster art. A visual feast, these images recount the diverse and historic journey of the black film industry from the earliest days of Hollywood to present day. Accompanied by insightful accompanying text, a foreword by black history authority and renowned academic, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and an afterword by Hollywood director, Spike Lee.

Part aesthetic, part nostalgic, the posters have meaning to young and old alike, and possess the power to transcend ethnicity. They capture the spirit and energy of an earlier time. They remind people of the pioneers of the past, those courageous and daring African-American filmmakers, entertainers and artists whose dreams and struggles paved the way for future generations.

The wealth of imagery on these pages is taken from The Separate Cinema Archive, maintained by archive director John Kisch. The most extensive private holdings of African-American film memorabilia in the world, it contains over 35,000 authentic movie posters and photographs from over 30 countries. This stunning coffee table book represents some of the archive’s greatest highlights.

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