Get Tickets Now For 25 TO LIFE | Philly Premiere on 12/1 | AFFRM

Reelblack, in collaboration with The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), International House and Haven Youth Center, is proud to host the Philadelphia Premiere of the acclaimed documentary 25 TO LIFE. Mike L. Brown’s directorial debut, about a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years, will screen on Monday December 1, 2014 7pm at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in University City.

Admission is $10 adults/ $8 students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack and IHouse members. The film’s subject, WILLIAM BRAWNER, will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at

The Philadelphia premiere is one of over a dozen screenings of the film that will all take place on December1 in honor of World AIDS DAY. To raise awareness, Reelblack has enlisted the help of several promotional partners, including 900 AM WURD, Bebashi, BlackStar Film Festival, The Center For AIDS Research at Penn, GALAEI, The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, GriotWorks, The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia FIGHT, The Philadelphia Film Society, The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun, Queer Times, Q Flix Philadelphia, Scribe Video Center

“I am overwhelmed at the support of our promotional partners. Because it is set in Philly, I have been tracking this film for a while and am very excited that it was selected as AFFRM’s eighth release. This film has the power to save lives.”

“I hope that everyone who watches this film can take an honest look into their lives to see how to overcome the various obstacles that are presented to us on a daily basis,” said Brawner.

25 TO LIFE | Official Synopsis
25 TO LIFE chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man (and Philly native) who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. An official selection of The American Black Film Festival, 25 TO LIFE is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The GoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access and is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner.
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25 TO LIFE extended trailer from 25 TO LIFE on Vimeo.

Movie Meetup - MEMPHIS at PhilaMOCA This Sunday 11/23

Reelblack is proud to be a promotional partner for the Philadelphia Premiere of MEMPHIS, the critically acclaimed film that debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Please come out and support.  There are two shows at PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street (at Spring Garden).  Our Meetup group is planning for the 7:30pm.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Two screenings: 4:30 + 7:30 PM (We are going to the late show)
Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.
$10, advance tickets:


531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Co-presented by Reelblack Presents

A strange singer with God-given talent drifts through his adopted city of Memphis with its canopy of ancient oak trees, streets of shattered windows, and aura of burning spirituality. Surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids, the sweet, yet unstable, performer avoids the recording studio, driven by his own form of self-discovery. His journey quickly drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.

Writer/director Tim Sutton crafts an impressionistic folktale framed around the enigmatic musician/poet Willis Earl Beal and the city of Memphis. Adding a new legend to the city’s rich history, Memphis is an elusive document of myth-making and the sources that feed those myths. Similar to his first feature, Pavilion, Sutton blurs the lines between fiction and reality, taking the audience to a wholly contemporary dreamlike world, bolstered by Chris Dapkins’s sublime camera and a driving blues soundtrack by Beal.

“In Tim Sutton’s second feature, “Memphis,” the musician Willis Earl Beal plays a blues singer of the same name, who is facing a devastating artistic crisisa composing and performing block. His desperate efforts at self-healing take him on a spiritual journey through the city of the title as he encounters friends, confidants, and religious counsellors dispensing hard-earned wisdom. Memphis itself plays a leading role in the film, by way of richly textured, sunlight-imbued images of streets and houses, churches and roads. With his loamy mosaic of drifting moods and troubled memories, Sutton offers a pictorial translation of the blues, a vision of an American classicism sheltered by the urban landscape’s mystical embrace.” Richard Brody, NEW YORKER


This Friday The Community Jazz Project and Philly Amplified are proud to bring Philly’s most talented and soulful band, “The Soul Revival” featuring :
Lawrence “Weas” Newton, Naeemah Harper, Daryl Kwasi Burgee, Terrence Tyler, Wendell Sewell, Louis Taylor, and Bryan Williams

Doors open 8:30pm ******Cover $10*******

At Reuben’s Marc Stenton Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Street in Mt. Airy.


PaperGold is the gift that keep on giving and now is your chance to win gold! This holiday season, family and friends are coming together to participate in an exciting journey to win gold with a national scavenger hunt! PaperGold, pure 24kt bills of gold, will be hidden in ten cities across America for a Holiday Gold Hunt. The ten cities are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Phoenix, Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Houston. Both luxurious and unique, PaperGold is the ultimate gift to flaunt this season - so make your plans, stake your ground, and get ready to hunt!

Attention Reelblack Fans!

Come down to the South Street retail district tomorrow, Saturday 11/22 for a Paper Gold Holiday Scavenger Hunt starting at 12:00PM Noon.

Follow @RealPaperGold and @Reelblack on Twitter for live clues on where it’s hidden!

Scavenger hunts for Paper Gold are happening in 10 cities tomorrow. Follow us on Twitter to see where Philly’s Gold is hidden by tweets marked with ‘PHI’. The clues will lead to real, 100% Gold! Get there first and it’s yours!

All Paper Gold will be hidden within walking distance of the South Street retail district.

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Reelblack Contests - Win A Copy of I AM ALI on Blu-Ray

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving three lucky readers a copy of the just-released I AM ALI on Blu-Ray.



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


Muhammad Ali is a name known and revered the world over for his feats and fancy inside the ring.

Here’s a peek inside of the man outside of the ring.

I AM ALI – a documentary releasing to Blu-ray and DVD on November 11  – reveals the personal side of the champion Muhammad Ali through interviews and testimonials from George Foreman, Mike Tyson and the Ali family.

Synopsis: From the producers of the award-winning SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN comes an intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend – as we’ve never seen Ali before.  I AM ALI is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali’s personal archive of ‘audio journals’ combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, including his daughters, son, ex-wife and brother, plus legends of the boxing community including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy. Experience Ali’s extraordinary story, as a fighter, lover, brother, father- told from the inside for the very first time.

Please watch the trailer here:

Directed by Clare Lewins; Produced by Clare Lewins, George Chignell and Greg Hobden; Executive Produced by John Battsek and Simon Chinn.

RT: 114 minutes.

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Link to Trailer:

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Motown Returns To. The Apollo 11/14 in W. Philly

Reelblack and PEC 2nd Fridays on Lancaster Avenue will present a rare public screening of MOTOWN RETURNS TO THE APOLLO the all-star 1985 TV special hosted by BILL COSBY.

Friday November 14, 2014 At the United Bank Building 3750 Lancaster Ave 7:00-9:30pm

Tickets are $5.00  (includes refreshments).

<b>Taped before a live audience at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on May 4, 1985, top headliners celebrate the 50th anniversary and official reopening of New York’s world-famed theater. The concert, hosted by Bill Cosby, was a benefit for the Africare / Ethiopian Relief Fund.

Performances by:

Debbie Allen, Boy George, Bunny Briggs, James Brown

Gregg Burge, The Cadillacs, Joe Cocker, The Commodores

Sammy Davis Jr, DeBarge and El DeBarge, The Drifters

Billy Eckstine, The Four Tops, Al Green, Sam Harris

Gregory Hines, Jennifer Holliday, Thelma Houston, Chuck Jackson

Ludie Jones, Patti Labelle, Little Richard, The Manhattans

Marilyn McCoo, George Michael, New Edition (with Bobby Brown)

New Jersey Mass Choir, Harold Nicholas of the Famed Nicholas Brothers

Wilson Pickett, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Martha Reeves

Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Sandman Sims, Jimmy Slyde

Mavis Staples, Rod Stewart, The Temptations, Willie Tyler & Lester

Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughn, Mary Wells, Vanessa Williams, and Stevie Wonder!. </b>

Nearly 2 1/2 hours of great performances.


This week’s episode of Reelblack Radio Steph and I will talk about classic Black Love stories in film.  Filmmaker NADINE PATTERSON will tell us about her new screening series at Impact Hub and writer/director GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD will call in to talk about her new film, BEYOND THE LIGHTS, which is in theaters today.


25 To Life at IHouse 12/1

25 TO LIFE | Official Synopsis

Reelblack and AFFRM (The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) are proud to announce our 8th National release.  25 TO LIFE will make its Philadelphia Premiere on December 1, 2014 7pm at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.  WILLIAM BRAWNER, the subject of the film will be on hand for a post-film Q&A.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at

25 TO LIFE chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. 25 TO LIFE is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The GoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access and is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner.

Wave Cinema Kicks Off 11/19 at ImpactHub

HipCinema and Impact Hub Philadelphia are presenting a new cinema showcase called WAVE. We will present the Philadelphia Premiere of Stephanie Malson’s work on the big screen with “Mr. Guitar” (about guitarist David P. Stevens) and “AFFRM Mavericks Take Sundance 2014″. We will also  bring you the 2014 Telly Award winning “The Invaders: Angie’s Log” webseries by created by Mark Cabaroy and produced by Marti Davis.
WAVE Cinema is a meeting place for film and media enthusiasts to experience work rarely seen in local venues by filmmakers and media artists from the PA-DE-NJ region and beyond. Each screening will feature audience Q&A with the makers. Works selected will have major creative input by women. We will meet every 3rd Wednesday of each month for the next 6 months. Events are FREE and open to the public. Our inaugural showcase will feature work by Stephanie Malson and Marti Davis & Mark Cabaroy.  Mark your calendar 6pm to 7:30pm Wednesday November 19th, 2014.
WAVE is co-sponsored by PWIFT, the Philadelphia chapter of Women in Film and Television.


UArts Creative Writing Program Visiting Writers Series

David Simon
Thursday November 13
Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
401 S. Broad Street

David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer.  A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series THE WIRE, which depicts the social fissures in an American city.  His other credits include the NBC drama HOMICIDE, and HBO’S THE CORNER and GENERATION KILL.  His most recent project, TREME, is a drama about post-Katrina New Orleans. Admission is FREE.

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