Greater Philadelphia Film Office & Reelblack Presents brings you Filmmakers @ The Prince: An Evening with Jamal Hill

Join us on Tuesday, November 10th, for our Filmmakers @ the Prince event series highlighting the career and insights of our special guest, Writer and Director, Jamal Hill!

Writer/Director, Jamal Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most talented and prolific filmmakers. In the space of nine years, he has made five feature films, including Money, Power and Respect, Brotherly Love (starring Keke Palmer) and the upcoming Deuces (starring Larenz Tate and Meagan Good), slated for release in 2016. He’s worked closely with Will Smith, Queen Latifah, and his mentor, Charlie Mack.

Mr. Hill will reveal how he broke into the film business and provide insights into working with talent in the latest installment in GPFO’s Filmmakers @ the Prince Series. Moderated by Michael Dennis of

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 6:30pm - 8pm | Prince Theater- 2nd floor, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Admission FREE, but must RSVP.

RSVP now at - seats will go fast!

Presenting partners: PIFVA - Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, Black Film Advisory Committee

Special Thanks to Philadelphia Film Society


Reelblack Recommends the following films in this year’s’ PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL lineup.

Regular screenings ……………………… $13 / PFS Members $10
Weekday matinees (before 5pm) …………….. $8 / PFS Members $5

get tix at
Use discount code 2015FOF2e to receive $2 off all regularly priced festival films.
Dir. Luke Meyer / USA
Sunday, Oct. 25 / 5:10PM / Ritz Bourse
Use code TRUTH50 for 50% OFF
This documentary chronicles the rise of the heavy metal band, Unlocking the Truth, made up of three 13-year-old boys, as they navigate the pressures of both fame and adolescence.

In his follow-up to the classic The Wind Journeys, Colombian auteur Ciro Guerra presents a stunning black-and-white art-house adventure along the mystifying jungles of the Amazon River.
Friday October 23 12:00pm/ Ritz Bourse
Saturday October 31 2:20pm Roxy A

Mathieu Vadepied’s first feature film, Learn By Heart, is a comic yet earnest drama of two young Afro-French boys using their street wits to rise above their circumstances.
Wednesday October 28 at 4:40pm Ritz Bourse
Friday October 30 at 5:45pm Ritz East

dir. Jessica Edwards
Sunday Oct. 25 12:00pm Ritz East*
Monday Oct 26 4:50pm Ritz East
Legendary gospel/soul powerhouse, Mavis Staples, takes the spotlight in this spirited musical biopic, which chronicles her decades-long career, and brings to light her infectious joy for life. *Movie Meetup/Director in Person

A devastating look at problems African migrants face while crossing into Europe, this timely drama follows two friends as they attempt the perilous journey from Burkina Faso to Italy in search of a better life.
Dir. Joseph Carpagnano
Wednesday Oct 28 12:20pm / Ritz East
Friday October 30 10:00pm / Ritz East

Over the course of one day in Brooklyn, two teenage boys - black, Muslim, and in love - struggle to preserve their secret from their family and the F.B.I.
Saturday October 24 at 9:50pm / Ritz Bourse*
Monday October 26 at 5:10pm /Ritz Bourse
*Reelblack Movie Meetup

A compelling documentary detailing post-apartheid South Africa and the history of Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, When Voices Meet displays the power of music and musicians to help facilitate important social change.
Sunday October 25 at 5:05pm / Prince Theater
Sunday November 1 at 4:55pm Roxy A

Movie Meetup - The Amazing Nina Simone 10/24 in Cherry Hill

SAVE THE DATE - Let’s support the Philly area premiere of THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE.  This is a new documentary (Not the one on Netflix/ Not the drama with Zoe Saldana) that opens on October 23 in Cherry Hill.

Showtimes have just been announced, we are doing the Saturday 1:50pm show as close to noon/1pm, with food and discussion down the street at Wegman’s Market.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at

With musical proclamations like ‘Mississippi Goddam’ and an iconic style, Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina is more popular eleven years after her death than ever before. President Barack Obama listed ‘Sinnerman’ in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music continues to empower people around the world with its unrelenting appeal for justice. With new insights into her musical journey from Classical Music and the segregated South, the worlds of Jazz and Civil Rights, through her erratic behavior and self-exile, Nina’s legacy is chartered all the way to the place where she found freedom.

Movie Meetup - NAZ & MALIK Saturday 10/24 (Free Screening)

Let’s support the Philadelphia Premiere of NAZ AND MALIK at the Philadelphia Film Festival at the Ritz Bourse on Saturday 10/24 at 9:50pm.  Screening is part of the PFF ON US program.  Tickets are free, but sell out fast, so claim them now.

To claim your tix (up to four per person) go to

Reelblack supporters can save $2 off regular festival admissions by using the discount code 2015FOF2e .  Festival schedule:

Last night, Naz and Maalik spent the night together for the first time. Still basking in the afterglow of taking their longtime friendship to the next level, the boys decide to skip school (surely not the first time for that) and spend the day together, hawking lotto tickets and dime store perfumes on a neighborhood street corner. It’s a benign hustle, but, when coupled with the fact that they are young devout black men in a world quick to judge, it’s enough to draw the attention of an Islamophobic F.B.I. agent. As the agent probes into their background and relationship, the boys must decide whether they are going to come out to their family and friends before their private life becomes public. Inspired in part by interviews he conducted with Muslims — including some closeted gays — in post-9/11 New York, filmmaker Jay Dockendorf effortlessly couples his beguiling portrait of a fresh teenage love with a serious look at racism and religion in contemporary America in this film hailed as one of the breakout hits of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Jay Dockendorf

Movie Meetup - MAVIS! Sunday 10/25 at Noon

Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday October 25 at 12:05pm Ritz East 2nd and Sansom

get tix at

Use discount code 2015FOF2e  to receive $2 off all regularly priced festival films.
Legendary gospel/soul powerhouse, Mavis Staples, takes the spotlight in this spirited musical biopic, which chronicles her decades-long career, and brings to light her infectious joy for life.

At 76-years-old, Mavis Staples is still a force to be reckoned with. She’s been on the road for most of her life, but her deep, soulful voice is as captivating as ever. Though people continuously ask her when she’ll retire, she retorts: “I’ll stop singing when I have nothing left to say.” And it’s clear from this tender portrait she won’t be stopping anytime soon. Director Jessica Edwards masterfully weaves together archival footage with present-day interviews to illuminate the life and career of one of music’s greatest vocal powerhouses. From her gospel beginnings as the lead vocalist of The Staples Singers, which spawned hits such as “I’ll Take You There,” to her work with the civil rights movement, to her Grammy-winning solo endeavors, Mavis! doesn’t miss a beat. Featuring dynamic live performances and interviews with some of her closest collaborators (including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck D, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy), Mavis’ contribution to American musical history is sealed in this touching tribute.

FRANK McCOMB at Ruben’s Marc 10/16 & 10/17

This is an intimate event, so please purchase you tickets now, seating is limited. Link is for both nights, Oct 16th and 17th, make sure you pick the night or nights you are attending via the drop down tab , For tickets:


What: Mike D.’s Birthday Bash

When: Saturday October 10, 2015 3:00-7:00pm

Where: The Point Of Destination Cafe  6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal Train Station) Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cost: $20 Members/ $25 nonmembers BYOB

Mike D’s Birthday Bash has quickly become a tradition. It is our way of bringing the Reelblack family together, to celebrate the start of a new season with good food, good music and good times.

Join us on Saturday October 10 from 3pm – 7pm at The POD Café, 6460 Greene Street (at the Upsal Train Station) for this year’s bash. Party on two levels. Venue is adjacent to the Upsal train station and there is free parking.  All-you-can-eat meal will be provided by SIDE OF THE ROAD JERK CHICKEN (w/ burgers, beef franks and veggie treats grilled up by James as well).  Music provided by This is a fundraiser for Reelblack’s 13th season.  Reelblack T-shirts will be available for sale. (We will also take special orders for Reelblack Hoodies in advance of the event–they can be picked up at the party) Season memberships and Reelblack DVDs will also be available. BYOB.


Let’s get together and support the Philadelphia Premiere of STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES on Wednesday October 21, 2015. Screening will take place at Franky Bradleys, 1320 Chancellor Street. Tickets are $12.00-20.00 and may be purchased at

I saw this film at Urbanworld recently and absolutely loved it. Fo those who are a fan of East Coast hip-hop in the 1990s, this is a treat not to be missed. Stretch and Bobbito will be at the screening for a post-film Q&A.

Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia are the unsung heroes of Golden Era Hip Hop. 89tec9 (89.9FM) will forever be remembered as the place where some of your favorite rap stars of the 90s got their first chance to shine, often long before their groundbreaking LPs and singles ever hit the commercial marketplace. Stories and perspectives never before shared, from some of the most influential hip hop artists ever, all of whom credit Stretch, Bobbito and their program for being their springboard to success.

Franky Bradley’s is proud to present The Philadelphia Premiere

Followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Rich Medina

Followed by The Official Stretch & Bobbito Screening After Party with Stretch, Bobbito & Rich Medina at Franky Bradley’s.

Screening Time: 7pm - Q&A Time:8:45pm - Party Time: 10pm


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of Mark Harris’ MY FIRST LOVE, courtesy of eOne Entertainment.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “MY FIRST LOVE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to Winner will be selected at random and notified next week.

In a world of social media and technology a married couple with serious marital problems has reached the peak of conflict when Omar (played by Pooch Hall) becomes distracted with a constant need to check his phone and social media notifications. Carmen (played by Gabrielle Dennis) is fed up with her husbands obsession and is ready to call it quits unless Omar gives her the proper attention she desires.