WIN A COPY OF DEAR WHITE PEOPLE ON DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving one lucky reader a copy of the soon-to-be-released DEAR WHITE PEOPLE on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate.

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “Dear White People DVD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

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

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The unexpected election of activist Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), son of the university’s dean (Dennis Haysbert), defies his father’s lofty expectations by applying to join the staff of Pastiche, the college’s influential humor magazine. Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams), an Afro-sporting sci-fi geek, is recruited by the otherwise all-white student newspaper to go undercover and write about black culture-a subject he knows little about-while the aggressively assimilated Coco Conners (Teyonah Parris) tries to use the controversy on campus to carve out a career in reality TV. But no one at Winchester University is prepared for Pastiche’s outrageous, ill-conceived annual Halloween party, with its “unleash your inner Negro” theme throwing oil on an already smoldering fire of resentment and misunderstanding. When the party descends into riotous mayhem, everyone must choose a side.

Digital Copy Subject To Expiration; Deleted Scenes & Outtakes; PSA Series: “The More You Know About Black People”; “Racism Insurance” Parody; “The Making Of ‘Dear White People” Featurette; “Get Your Life” Music Video by Caught A Ghost; DVRSE App: “Black Friends When You Need Them”; “Leaked: Banned Winchester U Diversity Video”; Cast with Director Commentary; Director Commentary.

Languages: English and Spanish; Subtitles: English (Closed Captioned) and Spanish.

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Available on Blu-ray and DVD

Reelblack Radio This Friday 1/30 on WURD 900 AM


Award-winning Nigerian filmmaker JETA AMATA will call in to discuss his long-awaited film BLACK NOVEMBER, which Reelblack will host the Philadelphia Premiere of next Thursday at The Pearl (details below).  Plus we will discuss the latest entertainment news.

Tune in as we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Black November screening.

Listen live at http://900amwurd.com Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065

FREE | BRADFORD YOUNG RETROSPECTIVE AT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE IN FEBRUARY 4 AND MARCH 4 & 18

In collaboration with Penn Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia
You don’t want to miss this awesome retrospective of Black films photographed by BRADFORD YOUNG.  All screenings are FREE and open to the public. At International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

RSVP HERE for the screenings

4 February 2015 * 7:00pm

Pariah (Dee Rees, 2011, 86 min. Sundance Excellence in Cinematography Award)
Alike, a 17-year-old African American teenager, comes to terms with her identity as a butch lesbian and its impact on her family. Trailer

A world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, “Pariah” is the feature-length expansion of writer/director Dee Rees’ award-winning 2007 short film by the same name. Spike Lee is among the feature’s executive producers.


4 march 2015 * 7:00pm

Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry, 2009, 120 min.)
Three sisters in a small rural Mississippi town endure cycles of family dysfunction that include alcoholism, illness and even murder. “One gets the feeling that the family, constantly menaced with eviction, would disintegrate entirely outside the walls that form both haven and prison,” writes Ronnie Scheib in Variety. Trailer


18 march 2015 * 7:00pm

Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay, 2012, 97 min. Sundance Best Director Award)

The Door (DuVernay, 2013, 9 min.)
In Middle of Nowhere (trailer), medical student Ruby learns to live another life when her husband is imprisoned. Fifth in fashion brand Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales” series, The Door (trailer) follows five African American women whose strong bond helps one overcome a deep depression following divorce.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congrats to PAULA WILLIS of North Philly who won a copy of Madea’s Tough Love on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate.

Congrats to Tatiana Bacchus, Joseph Blanding. Carolee Dunn, Elaine Gillison and Shanada Malik who won pairs of tickets to see Maceo Parker at The Merriam Theater.

and to Jacquelyn Brack and Delores Sapp who won copies of MIDDLE OF NOWHERE on DVD courtesy of Lionsgate/Codeblack

OUT NOW IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND

Opening in area theaters tonight is BLACK OR WHITE, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.  Reelblack members had a chance to preview the movie this week.  The reaction was uniformly positive.  It is not what you might expect based on the previews.  See it in theaters–not on bootleg.

Continuing in area theaters is SELMA.

Available this Friday on iTunes and On Demand is SUPREMACY starring Danny Glover and Evan Ross (Not Previewed).

Vimeo On Demand is a new online streaming platform you can discover independent films on.  Spike Lee recently announced the premiere of his new feature DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS a month in advance of its theatrical release.  You can rent or purchase it HERE.

Also Soul Food Cinema alum Al Robbins (The Next Day) has made his sophomore feature, RALTAT available there as well.  CHECK OUT THE TRAILER AND RENT THE FILM HERE.

Vimeo On Demand is also the place to find the recent festival hit, BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC.  Rent or Own it HERE.

STAND UP AT THE MOVIES 2/4 at THE PEARL

It’s a comedy show, music concert & more, INSIDE A MOVIE THEATRE. Find out what Jonathan Shecter, founder of The Source Magazine calls “Hilarious Entertainment with a side of popcorn!” It’s not just a show, it’s bigger than an event, IT’S THE ULTIMATE COMEDY EXPERIENCE & it’s returning to The Pearl (Broad and Oxford Streets) on Wed. Feb 4th, 2015.

Hosted by KeithFromUpDaBlock ( Dr. Phil Show, Jay Z’s Hangar Tour )

Featuring Magazine Centerfold, Reality Star, Actress & Designer Cat Washington (mscat215) & The Body By Ms Cat Models ripping the runway with sexy High End Cat Suits, Dresses etc.

STARRING 2 winners of HELIUM COMEDY CLUBS “Philly’s Funniest” competition David James (2006)
& Matt McCusker (2014)

Special music performance by the R&B Group Aviance Musiq

AND MORE!!!!

GET YOUR TIX ONLINE AT http://www.StandUpAt
TheMovies.eventbrite.com/

Call 215.554.9480
or text AFRO to 55469

Peep the trailer: http://youtu.be/ EnfQ8mb_hWM

See ya at the movies! :)

Win Tix To ENDANGERED BY THE MOVING IMAGE Panel Discussion | 2/1 in NY

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving a
lucky reader a pair of tickets to ENDANGERED BY THE MOVING IMAGE, a panel discussion hosted by filmmaker Warrington Hudlin on February 1 at the Museum of The Moving Image in Queens, NY.

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

Prize does not include transportation.  The winner will be selected at random and notified Wednesday.  Good luck!

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LIVE EVENT
Endangered by the Moving Image: The Criminalization of Black and Brown Bodies Part of Changing the Picture (2015)
Sunday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

at the Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
718 777 6888

With Jelani Cobb, Mia Mask, Greg Tate, and others to be announced

Part of the series Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.

Do ?media depictions of African Americans influence the way they are treated by the police, the criminal justice system, and by society at large? In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, protests have once again raised questions about the criminalization of the black image on screen. This program will bring together a group of leading African-American cultural commentators to look at the history of how African Americans are represented in film and television, beginning with D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation.

Panelists include:

Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, is the director of the Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut, and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and commentator for National Public Radio.

Mia Mask, film professor at Vassar College, is the co-editor of the recent books Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age, and Black American Cinema Reconsidered. She is the author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film.

Greg Tate is a writer, musician, and producer whose writing has focused on African-American music and culture. He was a long-time staff writer for The Village Voice and his books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Everything but the Burden.

Tickets:  $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for members at the Film Lover level and above).  Order tickets online.

Filmmaker Nzingha Stewart Today on Reelblack Radio

Tune in today at 4pm to 900AMWURD for Reelblack Radio.  Steph and I will cover all the latest entertainment news (Selma, Empire and more) plus I’ll review the new J-Lo thriller, THE BOY NEXT DOOR, which is in theaters today.  In the second half of the show, director NZINGHA STEWART (The Game) will call in to tell us about her new movie, WITH THIS RING, which premieres on Lifetime tomorrow night.

You can join the Conversation at 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065 and listen online at http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=wurd-am

Casting Call For New Film From Producers of PARIAH, YELLING TO THE SKY

From writers Jameel Saleem (Manhattan Love Story, The Soul Man, Exit Strategy), Andre Robbins, and award winning writer/director Bobby Yan, as well as the Producers of the highly acclaimed Pariah and Yelling to the Sky, MARTIAN is a story that explores complex issues of sexual identity within one man’s journey towards self actualization and success in the music industry.

Chris Mars—23- Male, African American: Young, good looking, charismatic and driven. After the tragic death of his father at a young age, he becomes the man of the house, but is determined to follow his dreams of becoming a musician. Riding a recent wave of success, he has to confront his sexual-identity and past, while being torn between his heart and what is “acceptable” for a mainstream artist. (Lead)

Mel—27- Male, African American or Mixed –A complex individual, toughened by the streets, prison life, and a tainted past, he is Chris’s ride or die, by any means necessary. That is, until Chris’s new girlfriend and music success, drives a wedge between them. (Lead)

Actors must be comfortable with themes of homosexuality within the film.

We are holding auditions in New York City on January 28 - 3, 2015. Please submit your headshot, reel or links of your work, and resume with the character’s name in the subject line to martianthemovie@gmail.com for consideration. Low Budget. Pay.


Win A Copy of KING: THE MARTIN LUTHER KING STORY (1978) on DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving one lucky reader a copy of the soon-to-be-released KING: THE MARTIN LUTHER KING STORY (1978) on DVD courtesy of Olive Films.

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

The winners will be selected at random and notified at the end of the week.  Good luck!

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Academy Award Nominee Paul Winfield (Sounder) embodies fallen civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and Academy Award Nominee Cicely Tyson (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman) lends her enumerable talents as Coretta Scott King in director Abby Mann’s (Judgment at Nuremberg screenwriter) television mini-series “King: The Martin Luther King Story.” Tracing the story of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s rise from his early years as a Baptist minister in Montgomery, AL to his assassination in Memphis, TN in 1968, is riveting storytelling of the highest order, combining first-rate performances with spiritual, political and social themes that remain as relevant today as they were in the era portrayed in the film. Supporting performances include Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing) as Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., Roscoe Lee Browne (The Cowboys) and Grammy and Emmy Award Winning singer Tony Bennett portraying himself.

Actors: Tony Bennett, Roscoe Lee Browne, Paul Winfield, Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson

Release Date: January 27, 2015

Rated: NR

Runtime: 271 minutes

Year Filmed: 1978

Screen: 1.78:1; Color

Languages: English

UPC: 887090088503

Cat #: OF885

Available on Blu-Ray and DVD

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