Comedy legends PAUL MOONEY and DICK GREGORY are appearing at The Rrazz Room at the Prince Music Theater on October 2 & 3. GET TICKETS HERE (they are almost sold out). and check out a snippet from our 2010 interview with Mooney below.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film has obtained 7 run-of-engagement passes for two to see CAPTIVE, the new thriller starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara. Passes are good for any Mon - Thurs show.
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CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian in her own apartment, Ashley turns to Rick Warren’s inspirational book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” for guidance. In reading from the book, Ashley not only finds purpose in her own life, but helps Brian find a more peaceful resolution to a harrowing situation.
RBTV was at the kickoff of a moth-long celebration of filmmaker MICHAEL SCHULTZ at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY. The 4oth Anniversary screening of COOLEY HIGH, hosted by WARRINGTON HUDLIN is part of the four-part series “Black Film Pioneer: Conversations with Michael Schultz” and also that this is part of “Changing the Picture,” the Museum’s monthly program that celebrates and explores the work of film and TV artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen. Features interviews with Schultz, Woodie King, Jr and Charles Woods. For more information, visit movingimage.us
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION opens Friday 9/18 at the Ritz Bourse. Let’s support this one with our dollars by pledging to attend the Friday 7pm showing.
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson examines the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.
Producer LAURENS GRANT is scheduled to be at the 4:00 and 7:00 shows on 9/18. Director STANLEY NELSON will be at the 4:00 and 7:00 shows on 9/20. This event will sell out. Get your tickets now at http://www.landmarktheatres.com/philadelphia/ritz-at-the-bourse/Film-Info/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution
LuckPig Studios’ THE NORTH STAR, a Thomas K. Phillips feature film based on true events, will celebrate its theatrical release with a Philadelphia Red Carpet Premiere at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 17th before the local theatrical release on Friday, September 18th. THE NORTH STAR, starring former Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, was filmed in Bucks County, PA over 24 days during the summer of 2012.
Following up on our successful screening of THE CENSORED ELEVEN, On Friday September 11, Reelblack will present a rare public screening of SONG OF THE SOUTH. Considered a masterful blend of live action and animation at the time of its release, it was shunned during the Civil Rights era for its depiction of Uncle Remus (James Baskett won an honorary Oscar for his performance). Unseen in US theaters since 1986 (and never released on home video), we re-examine this lost classic.
Friday September 11 at 7:00pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments)
The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br’er Rabbit, who outwits Br’er Fox and slow-witted Br’er Bear.
Special Work-in-progress screening with filmmaker ZEINABU IRENE DAVIS in Person!
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM Special Work-In-Progress Screening
at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
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$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members
Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Social Justice Series, with special thanks to Josslyn Luckett and Dean John Jackson
Spirits of Rebellion provides intimate access to key filmmakers trained at UCLA who are identified with the movement known as the L.A. Rebellion, including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Barbara McCullough, Billy Woodberry and Davis herself, at work and in discussion. The film engages the origins of the name “L.A. Rebellion,” the importance of public education to this group and in today’s world, and the intriguing question, “What is a Black film?”
Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at UC San Diego. Her work is passionately concerned with the depiction of women of African descent. Her films include Mother of the River, A Powerful Thang, Cycles, Trumpetistically Clora Bryant, and her feature film, Compensation that was selected for the dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2000).
The international Ugandan phenomenon that is Wakaliwood finally makes its way to Philadelphia with a full evening of ACTION!
Wakaliwood is the nickname of Wakaliga, a tiny village in Uganda that has garnered an international reputation for making action movies with budgets as low as $200 USD. It’s the home of Ramon Film Productions and Nabwana IGG, a Ugandan filmmaker who has produced more than 40 feature films including the viral sensations WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?: UGANDA’S FIRST ACTION MOVIE and TEBAATUSASULA.
Wakaliwood has as many as 130 actors, Kung Fu masters, stunt people, technicians, machinists, and artists who have travelled from all parts of Uganda to work with Nabwana IGG. The core members meet twice a week to shoot, rehearse, distribute films, build props and gear, develop stories, practice stunts, share ideas, and watch movies.
At PhilaMOCA 531 N. 12th Street (above Spring Garden)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Doors 7:30, Movie 8:00
Screening of WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX?: UGANDA’S FIRST ACTION MOVIE alongside shorts, trailers, and a post-screening Skype Q&A with director Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey! Also, everyone in attendance will DIE IN A WAKALIWOOD MOVIE!
Because it is important to support quality Black film in theaters–not on bootleg, Reelblack is scheduling a Movie Meetup in support of THE PERFECT GUY. Starring Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut and Sanaa Lathan, it will take place Sunday September 13 at the UA Rivierview on Columbus Boulevard at 1:40pm
Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.fandango.com/uariverviewplazastadium17rpx26imax_aadib/theaterpage?date=9/13/2015
We’ll meet afterward at the Ruby Buffet for discussion and giveaways.
AFFRM–The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement– of which Reelblack is a founding member, is now Array Distribution. Find out more about the re-branding in this article in the LA Times.