WIN A COPY OF JACO ON DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of the just-released JACO, the story of Jaco Pastorius, produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica, courtesy of MVD Visual.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “JACO” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@live.com

Winner will be selected at random and notified next week.

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JACO, A full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, is being released on DVD/BluRay on Nov. 27, 2015. Produced by Robert Trujillo (bassist, Metallica) JACO incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others with never-before-seen photos and films from the Pastorius family archive. This extraordinary film reveals the story behind Jaco’s life and music, both as a solo artist and member of Weather Report, the tragic arc of his demise and early death and the enduring influence and inspiration of his artistry and genius.

The DVD / BluRay release is a two-disc set. Disc 1 is the film and Disc 2 Features bonus material: 30 never before seen interviews with Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins and many more. They talk about Jaco’s incredible contributions to music, how he changed the instrument as well as musical boundaries, and also Jaco the person.

JACO had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin’s SxSW Film Conference & Festival, and has appeared in many film festivals around the world winning awards at the inaugural Asbury Park Music Film Festival as well as the Athens Film Festival.

Reelblack and Array Present AYANDA 11/17

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black film is proud to host the premiere of Array Releasing’s latest acquisition, AYANDA (2015).

Screening will take place on Tuesday November 17 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch Street. Admission is $10 adults/ $7 Students and Seniors and $5 Reelblack and AAMP members.

GET TICKETS NOW AT https://50068.blackbaudhosting.com/50068/Ayanda

AYANDA Directed by Sara Blecher

After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. AYANDA AND THE MECHANIC is a coming-of-age story from writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph. This film held its world premiere screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition.

BaddDD Sonia Sanchez 11/20 at the Painted Bride

Screens Friday November 20, 2015 at The Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street at 7:00pm. Admission is $12.

visit https://paintedbride.org/events/baddddd-sonia-sanchez-a-documentary-screening for details.

The poet, scholar, social activist and architect of the Black Arts Movement with “razor blades in her teeth” lights up the big screen with words and music. This recently released film from Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Festival in April and was awarded the Audience Award for Documentary at the 2015 BlackStar Film Festival.

90-minute film introduced by Philadelphia Performance Poets Pat McLean and Debra Powell-Wright; followed by appearances by Philadelphia filmmakers Attie and Goldwater and composer of original music score Evan Solot.

Event partner: American Composers Forum, generous funder of Solot’s musical score of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.

OUT OF MY HAND and SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY DIRECTORS ON 900AMWURD THIS MORNING

Mike D. sits in with Stephanie Renee on The Mojo this morning from 11am - Noon.  Up first, we chat with filmmaker Takeshi Fuganaga about OUT OF MY HAND, whic screens tomorrow 1:30pm at The African-American Museum.  Then at 11:30, writer/director R.Malcolm Jones will share stories about making THE SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY, which we will screen tonight 7pm at The United Bank Building.   Listen live at 900amwurd.com

Reelblack and PEC Present SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY 11/13

Reelblack and PEC are proud to host a special screening of SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY featuring Keith David and Jennifer Lewis. Filmmaker R. Malcolm Jones is expected to be on hand for a post film Q&A.

Screening will take place on Friday November 13 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Admission is $5.00 (includes refreshments).

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Secrets of the Magic City, by Director R. Malcolm Jones, is a motion picture based on hope and resilience played out in a coming of age story laced with sometimes insurmountable tragedies and exhilarating adventures. Characters Tiana, Nia and Amiya initially adversaries, forge a lifelong friendship through hope and adversity in one of Miami’s gritty and unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City.

WIN A COPY OF GIL SCOTT HERON: BLACK WAX ON DVD

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy ofdirector Robert Mugge’s classic GIL SCOTT-HERON: BLACK WAX courtesy of MVD Visual.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “BLACK WAX” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@live.com

Winner will be selected at random and notified next week.

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BLACK WAX is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge in 1982. It was the first American film to be fully funded by Britain’s then-brand-new Channel 4 Television and also likely the first film to use Steadicam from first frame to last. BLACK WAX centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called “the most dangerous musician alive” and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his 10-piece Midnight Band. It was filmed entirely on location in Washington, D.C., primarily at the Wax Museum Nightclub (now defunct). Songs performed by the band include such potent political numbers as “Winter in America,” “Alien,” “Johannesburg,” “Storm Music,” “Waiting for the Axe to Fall,” “Gun,” and “‘B’ Movie” (a scathing analysis of how and why Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States). Between songs, Mr. Scott-Heron is shown reciting his equally powerful poems (”Paint it Black,” “Black History,” “Billy Green is Dead,” The H2O-Gate Blues,” and “Whitey on the Moon”), leading the camera on a unique tour of Washington, D.C. (from the monuments of official Washington through the minority neighborhoods that make up most of the rest), and finally confronting the “ghosts of America’s past” (life-sized wax figures of John Wayne, Uncle Sam, Neil Armstrong, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, four U.S. Presidents, and black leaders from W.E.B. Du Bois to Martin Luther King). This is Mr. Scott-Heron at the absolute peak of his powers. The politics is always entertaining, and the entertainment is nothing if not political. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored.

Reelblack Recommends - The Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival 2015

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Support our friends at Opening Night of the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival with the Philly Premiere of hit Teen Comedy Seoul Searching!

Director Benson Lee expected in attendance for post-film Q&A, followed by the PAAFF’15 Opening Night Reception featuring complimentary drinks, Korean food, 80s dance music, an 80s costume contest, photo booth, and giveaways - FREE to all ticket and badge holders! (Tickets start at $5)
Watch the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AQGDxCS-64
Get tickets at http://ihousephilly.org/calendar/seoul-searching

CLOSING NIGHT FILM - RIGHT FOOTED

Join us for the Closing Night of the 2015 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival with the Philly Premiere of feature documentary Right Footed!
Documentary subject Jessica Cox and her husband Patrick Chamberlain will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A, followed by a FREE catered reception with Filipino food and complimentary drinks sponsored by Aetna for all ticket and badgeholders!

Watch the Trailer:

http://rightfootedmovie.com/trailer/
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Reelblack and Array Present OUT OF MY HAND 11/14

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black film is proud to host the premiere of Array Releasing’s latest acquisition, OUT OF MY HAND (2015).

Screening will take place on Saturday November 14 at 1:30pm at the African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch Street. Admission is $10 adults/ $7 Students and Seniors and $5 Reelblack and AAMP members.

GET TICKETS NOW AT https://50068.blackbaudhosting.com/50068/Out-of-My-Hand

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OUT OF MY HAND Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga

OUT OF MY HAND takes viewers inside the humble life of Liberian rubber plantation worker, Cisco. Severe working conditions, failed unionization and corporate corruption ultimately drive him away from his family and his country to the foreign streets of New York City where his past forces him to confront his sense of isolation and belonging. This film debuted in the Panorama Section of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.

FILMS BY ST. CLAIR BOURNE | PRESENTED BY SCRIBE 11/9 & 10

Scribe Video Center has programmed two nights of films featuring the work of poets LANGSTON HUGHES and AMIRI BARAKA directed by the late ST. CLAIR BOURNE. On both nights, short films featuring the poetry of URSULA RUCKER will also be shown.

On Monday November 9; 7:00pm at Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut Street) they will screen LANGSTON HUGES : THE DREAM KEEPER and URSULA RUCKER: POET (the film I did in 2008 for WYBE-TV).

On Tuesday November 9; 7:00pm at International House (3701 Chestnut Street), AMIRI BARAKA: IN MOTION will screen.  Carvin Elson, the editor of the piece will be in attendence.  Preceded by Nadine Patterson’s LoqueeshaAshley
FranklinJoséBrown and Bryan Green’s Something In The Way of Things.

Admission for each show is $10/ adults • $7/ Students and Seniors • $5 Scribe members.  Visit
www.scribe.org for more info.

WIN A COPY OF MANDINGO ON BLU-RAY

CONTEST HAS ENDED. Congrats to Kimberly Waller of Southwest Philly, who was randomly selected to win the Mandingo Blu-Ray courtesy of Olive Films.  Thanks to everyone who entered.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving one lucky reader a copy of the controversial classic, MANDINGO, out now on blu-ray from Olive films.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “MANDINGO” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to reelblackinc@live.com

Winner will be selected at random and notified next week.

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“One of the most neglected and underrated Hollywood films of its era, Richard Fleischer’s blistering and undeniably lurid 1975 melodrama … it’s doubtful whether many more insightful and penetrating movies about American slavery exist.”
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Richard Fleischer’s (The Boston Strangler) film adaptation of Kyle Onstott’s torrid novel, Mandingo, has been called “provocative,” “insightful” and “penetrating.”
Warren Maxwell (James Mason, North By Northwest) and his son Hammond (Perry King, The Day After Tomorrow) rule their plantation and its inhabitants with an iron fist. Warren needs to see Hammond wed a woman from a respectable family, sire a son, and acquire a Mandingo slave to breed a stronger slave colony. Hammond finds that “respectable woman” in his bride, Blanche (played at fever pitch by Susan George, Straw Dogs), but her questionable chastity soon has Hammond returning to his wandering ways. When he purchases the beautiful Ellen (Brenda Sykes, Cleopatra Jones) to be a “house slave” … and his mistress … Blanche is pushed to the edge.
When the vengeful Blanche forces Mede (Ken Norton, Drum), the newly acquired Mandingo slave, into her bed she is ill prepared for the dire consequences.
Actors: James Mason, Perry King, Susan George, Ken Norton, Brenda Sykes
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Rated: R
Country: United States
Runtime: 127 minutes
Year Filmed: 1975
Screen: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
Languages: English
Extras: None
UPC: 887090111201
Cat #: OF1112

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