Tune in Friday at 11am ET for Reelblack Radio on The Mojo. Mike and Steph will speak with Filmmaker AYOYKA CHENZIRA (and Philly native), who recently released a DVD boxset of her pioneering film and video work. We will also talk with director SYDNEY FREELAND whose 2017 Sundance hit, Deidra and Laney Rob A Train recently debuted on Netflix and writer/director JAMAL HILL, whose DUECES drops tomorrow on Netflix.
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Reelblack is proud to host a very special screening of KNUCKLEHEAD, starring Gbenga Akinnagbe, Alfre Woodard and Amari Cheatom. Screening will take place on Friday April 14, 2017 at 7:15pm atthe United Bank Bulding, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in University City. Admission is $7 adults / $5 Reelblack Members, Students and Seniors.
Following the screening, writer/director BEN BOWMAN and actor/producer GBENGA AKINNAGBE will join us live via Skype for a Q&A.
When his brother (Amari Cheatom - Night Catches Us, Newlyweeds) is shot, mentally disabled Langston Bellows (Gbenga Akinnagbe - The Wire, The Good Wife) is left without a protector in Brooklyn’s housing projects. Now under the control of his abusive mother (Alfre Woodard - 12 Years a Slave, Luke Cage) Langston must take his future into his own hands. He sets out to find the one doctor he believes can cure him, a celebrity magazine columnist who touts questionable prescription drug cocktails. If Langston can become “mentally excellent”, it will mean moving into an apartment of his own with his girlfriend, who may herself be a creation of his wishful thinking. Plunged into the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical marketing, the search for his mysterious doctor and hero leads to some surprising discoveries. Langston strives for independence from his prior life, from his mother, and from his fractured mind. Released by RLJ Entertainment in the U.S. and Canada in the fall of 2016, KNUCKLEHEAD has received critical praise and won awards at film festivals across the North America, including the VH1 Audience Award (2015, ABFF).
Thursday April 13, 2017 At the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street (next door to the Cinemark Theater). Doors: 7:30. Show: 8:10. BYOB. Admission is Free.
APRIL 13 – REEL BLACK CINEMA PRESENTS TV MOVIES OF THE 1970s
Dummy (1979 / 75 minutes)
Levar Burton plays a deaf mute wrongly accused of rape and murder. Based on the real-life case of Donald Lang, this Emmy-nominated film co-stars Paul Sorvino as hearing impaired lawyer Lowell Myers.
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977 / 100 minutes)
Adapted from the novel by Don Robertson, Jimmie Walker plays a high school basketball player stricken with sickle-cell anemia. Tony nominated director Gilbert Moses enlists a strong supporting cast, which includes James Earl Jones, Kevin Hooks and Debbie Allen (re-teamed with her Good Times co-star Walker in her movie debut).
Guest Host and Curator: Mike D.
NAMOUR is a film about why life can feel like it’s passing us by. Chronicling the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Kalim Saleh), a valet driver for a trendy Los Angeles restaurant caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family. NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker (and Philly resident) Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.
NAMOUR debuts on Netflix starting March 15 via ARRAY.
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Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American film, is proud to host the Philadelphia release of NAMOUR, by Heidi Saman. This marks the fifteen acquisition by ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s film distribution collective. Writer/Director Saman will be on hand for a post film Q&A.
This Special Event will take place at 7:15pm on Friday March 10 at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA Tickets are $7.00 adults/ $5.00 Students, Reelblack & BlackStar Members and Seniors.
Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at https://namourphilly.eventbrite.com/
A sparse and stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Karim Saleh (IRON MAN 2, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Waleed Zuaiter (20th CENTURY WOMAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OMAR) and new comer, Wedad Abdou.
NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.