Movie Meetup - ROSENWALD This Sunday at the Ritz Bourse

Reelblack is hosting a Movie Meetup the Sundaty at the Ritz Bourse, 4th and Ranstead in support of ROSENWALD, the award-winning documentary which opens today. With discussion and giveaways to follow at Cosi, 4th and Chestnut.

This is a Dutch Treat event. Each person is responsible for their own tickets and food. Tickets for the movie are $7.75. Food at Cosi runs from $5-$15.00

Rosenwald, by Aviva Kempner, is a documentary about how Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. The Rosenwald Fund supported great artists like Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Jacob Lawrence. Among those interviewed are civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous and Congressman John Lewis, columnists Eugene Robinson and Clarence Page, Cokie Roberts, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rosenwald school alumni writer Maya Angelou and director George C. Wolfe and Rosenwald relatives.

PATRIK-IAN POLK ON TODAY’S MOJO

Tune in today at 11am to 900AM WURD.  Reelblack founder Mike D will be sitting in on The Mojo with Stephanie Renee.  Guests will be BLACKBIRD writer-director PATRIK-IAN POLK and OLDHEAD creator Tony Chenault.
Listen live at  http://900amwurd.com
Join the Conversation: 866-361-0900 or 215-634-8065

International Faith & Family Film Festival | Dallas, TX

The International Faith & Family Film Festival is a first-class gathering of high-level entertainment executives, notable Hollywood directors, screenwriters and actors that features exclusive movie screenings and events. It is a major component of megafest, a multi-day family festival featuring faith, empowerment and entertainment activities that was founded nine years ago by Bishop T.D. Jakes. Our inaugural film festival event in 2013 was a major success. This year’s Megafest is expected to host upwards of 100,000 people at the Dallas Convention Center and American Airlines Center.


Movie Meetup - Straight Outta Compton | 8/16 in S. Philly

Since it is important to support Black films in the first weekend of release (in theaters–not on bootleg), let’s go see STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON this Sunday at 1:30pm then go to the Ruby Buffet for giveaways and discussion.  The studio is promising Straight Outta Compton t-shirts and other SWAG.  I had a chance to see an early screening.  It is amazing.

If you were planning on seeing it this weekend, why not come see it with us?

This event is Dutch Treat, meaning everyone is responsible for their won tickets and food.  The movie tix are $10/adults and may be purchased in advance at http://www.fandango.com/uariverviewplazastadium17rpx26imax_aadib/theaterpage?date=8/16/2015

Ruby Buffet is all-you-can-eat chinese and is approximately $15 per person, tip included.

Reelblack Presents - DRYLONGSO 8/14 at United Bank Building

On Friday August 14, Reelblack and PEC will host a rare public screening of Cauleen Smith’s DRYLONGSO the 1998 film that is even more poignant in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Released briefly on VHS exclusively though Hollywood Video in 1999, it has never been re-released or made available on DVD. Preceded by the 19 minute documentary EARTHSHIPS | NEW SOLUTIONS (2010)

Screening will take place at the United Bank Building 3750 Lancaster Avenue in W. Philly. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).

EARTHSHIPS | NEW SOLUTIONS

An introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues like: energy,water,food, shelter, sewage and recycling.

*****

“Drylongso” is an old African American term that means “ordinary,” or “just the same old thing.” Ambitious and densely packed, Cauleen Smith’s remarkable debut feature addresses the everydayness of violence and the extraordinary beauty of daily life.

Pica is a young woman growing up in Oakland, California, who feels deeply the value and vulnerability of everyone’s life but her own. At home her room is perpetually violated by her mother’s partying visitors, and her work in illegal poster distribution puts her in nightly danger of attack. At school she is unable to make any progress on her 35 mm photography project. Instead, armed with charming savvy and a Polaroid camera, Pica tirelessly documents the existence of young black men, whom she believes to be an endangered species.

Along the way, she snaps a photo of Tobi, a young black woman, disguised as a man, who is running from a violent boyfriend. Tobi discovers that her assumed gender gives her new strength and freedom of movement around the city. Fate, however, does not spare Pica’s boyfriend, Malik, and his death inspires her to turn the rampant casual violence into something transcendently beautiful through her art.

Full of irony and inspired by the lyrics and rhythms of hip-hop music, Drylongso breathes fresh air into popular notions of black culture.

If black men are endangered, black women are still safer when they dress as black men. Shot on a shoestring budget, Drylongso is a filmmaking triumph which tells a story that needs to be heard.”

(Shari Frilot, 1999 Sundance Film Festival - http://history.sundance.org/films/1984)

CHARLES WOODS on SIDNEY POITIER


Black film historian CHARLES WOODS recounts the depiction of Black men in American film leading up to Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking performance in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967). Woods contends the pivotal scene in which Tibbs strikes a southern racist opened the door for the 1970s Blaxploitation boom in this mini lesson on the transition of black defiance depicted in motion pictures.

WIN A COPY OF BLACKBIRD ON DVD


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving you two ways to win a copy of BLACKBIRD, the critically acclaimed drama that was just released on DVD by RLJ Entertainment.
Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “BLACKBIRD” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com
The winner will be selected at random and notified early next week.  Good luck!
ALSO, we will be giving away a copy of Blackbird at this Friday’s screening of DRYLONGSO, at the United Bank Building.
*****

Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he’s the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It’s not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

Starring
Mo’nique, Isaiah Washington, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods & introducing Julian Walker
Directed by
Patrik-Ian Polk

Based on Novel by
Larry Duplechan

http://www.blackbirdthemovie.com

Win A Collection of Films by JACK HILL on Blu-Ray

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film is giving one lucky reader a set of films by legendary cult filmmaker JACK HILL on blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films and MVD/Arrow Films.

Tune in this Friday to 900AM-WURD at 11am to The Mojo/Reelblack Radio.  At 11:20, JACK HILL will be our guest and he will share stories about the making of these classics.

Enter to win by sending an email with YOUR FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL and THE PHRASE “JACK HILL BLU RAY” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@aol.com

CONTEST HAS ENDED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO QUENTISA RIGGS OF SOUTH PHILLY, WHOSE NAME WAS RANDOMLY CHOSEN TO WIN.

*****

Coffy (Blu-ray) - ORDER HERE

Directed by: Jack Hill

Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown) stars as Nurse “Coffy” Coffin in the mother of all Blaxploitation films, Coffy. Coffy is a one-woman vigilante force, out to even the score with those that have hooked her sister on drugs. Using her feminine wiles (along with deadly weaponry), Coffy sets about ridding the streets of low-life drug dealers, pimps, deviants and society’s scum in the kick-ass action film Coffy. Jack Hill (Foxy Brown, Switchblade Sisters) directs Booker Bradshaw (The Strawberry Statement, Skullduggery), Robert DoQui (Nashville, Short Cuts) and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown) in Coffy starring Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown).

Actors: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Sid Haig, Robert DoQui

Foxy Brown (Blu-ray)- ORDER HERE

Directed by: Jack Hill

Foxy Brown (Pam Grier, Coffy, Jackie Brown) is “a whole lot of woman” and more. Just you wait and see.

Seeking revenge for the murder of her government agent boyfriend, Foxy goes to any means necessary - even posing as a prostitute to infiltrate a modeling agency that’s a cover for sex trafficking - to bring the killer to justice. Foxy Brown co-stars Antonio Fargas (Conrack, Car Wash), Peter Brown (Teenage Tease, Merrill’s Marauder’s), Terry Carter (Brother On The Run), Sid Haig (Coffy, The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown) and is directed by Jack Hill (Coffy, Switchblade Sisters).

Actors: Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown, Antonio Gargas,

Special features: None.

Spider Baby - Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray - ORDER HERE
The credits dub this “the maddest story ever told”, a promise that’s well on the way to being fulfilled in the opening scene alone, when Virginia traps and kills a hapless deliveryman in her makeshift web. She’s one of three siblings who suffer from a unique genetic disorder that causes them to regress back to childhood, while retaining the physical strength and sexual maturity of adults. Lon Chaney Jr gave one of his most memorable late performances as Bruno, their guardian and protector, who has managed to cover up their crimes until two distant relatives lay claim to their house. When they insist on moving in, Bruno has to cross his fingers and hope that the ‘children’ behave towards their new guests… This was the first solo feature by Jack Hill, whom Quentin Tarantino dubbed “the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking”, and it remains one of his wildest and weirdest.

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature, available in the UK for the first time
  • Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • High Definition transfer of the feature supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
  • English SDH subtitles for deaf and hearing impaired
  • Audio commentary featuring Jack Hill and star Sid Haig
  • Panel discussion from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences FILM-TO-FILM Festival, recorded September 2012, featuring Jack Hill and stars Quinn K. Redeker and Beverly Washburn
  • The Hatching of Spider Baby - Interviews with Jack Hill, Sid Haig, star Mary Mitchel, fan Joe Dante and more on the making of the film
  • Spider Stravinsky: The Cinema Sounds of Ronald Stein - The composer of ‘The Terror’ and ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ among others is remembered by Harlene Stein, Jack Hill, American Cinematheque’s Chris D. and others
  • The Merrye House Revisited - Jack Hill revisits the original house that was used as the main location in the film
  • Alternate opening title sequence
  • Extended scene
  • Original Trailer
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes images
  • The Host (1960) - Jack Hill’s early short film featuring Sid Haig in his first starring role [30 mins]
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by artist and writer Stephen R. Bissette, and an extensive article re-printed from FilmFax: The Magazine of Unusual Film and Television featuring interviews with the cast and crew
Pit Stop - Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray - ORDER HERE

RAW GUTS FOR GLORY! FLESH AGAINST STEEL!

The most dangerous game ever devised, to pit man against man, flesh against steel - the figure-8 race! Jack Hill (Coffy, Foxy Brown) follows up Spider Baby, once again teaming up with Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses) in one of his greatest roles for this action-spectacular crash-o-rama!

Richard Davalos (East of Eden) stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong. Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig’s maniacal winner Hawk Sidney. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (The Quatermass Xperiment) in his last film appearance, Ellen Burstyn, billed as Ellen McRae (The Exorcist), and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), Pit Stop is one of Hill’s lesser known films but arguably his greatest.

Filmed on a real figure-8 track, Hill and his crew were able to capture gripping real-life car wreck scenes lending the film a brilliant sense of realism. You’ve never seen a motion picture like this before - can you take it?

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* New High Definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Jack Hill
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
* Original Mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
* New UK exclusive audio commentary with director Jack Hill moderated by his biographer Calum Waddell
* Crash and Burn! - Jack Hill on the making of Pit Stop
* Drive Hard - Actor Sid Haig speaks about his experience of acting in Pit Stop
* Life in the Fast Lane - producer Roger Corman on the genesis of Pit Stop
* Restoring Pit Stop - Restoration demonstration with Technical Supervisor James White
* Original Trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
* Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Glenn Kenny and musicologist and writer Gray Newell on the film’s soundtrack, illustrated with original stills and artwork