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.
Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a copy of the festival hit, LIKE COTTON TWINES on DVD courtesy of RLJ Entertainment.
DVD is signed by filmmaker Leila Djansi. Film is available now through Amazon and streaming on Urban Movie Channel (add on subscription to Amazon Prime or via Roku/Smart TV).
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Like Cotton Twines; Micah Brown (Jay Ellis) is an African-American volunteer who takes a teaching job in a remote Ghanaian village. There he meets Tuigi, a 14-year-old girl who is to become a slave to the gods through a practice of religious slavery called Trokosi. Locked in a battle between history, church and state, Micah is determined to give Tuigi a life outside tradition.
I’ve been asked to curate a night at Andrew’s Video Vault and decided to screen two rarely-seen TV movies from the 70s starring icons Levar Burton and Jimmie Walker. Please come support.
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.
Reelblack is giving three lucky readers a pair of tickets to see DRUMLINE LIVE this weekend at The Merriam Theater.
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DRUMLINE LIVE’S WORLD TOUR BRINGS BRAND NEW PRODUCTION TO THE MERRIAM THEATER
MARCH 9-10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, January 24, 2017) - The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to welcome the return of DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping live event created by the musical team behind hit movies, Drumline and Drumline: A New Beat. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience with riveting rhythms, bold beats, and explosive energy, all set to classic music and top 40 hits. This brand-new show, part of the Kimmel Center’s Family Discovery Series, will play the Merriam Theater March 9 and 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
“DRUMLine Live is a high-energy party from start to finish that not only showcases the tremendous discipline and talent of these performers, but a musical tradition that has been in existence for generations,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “The cast will bring the energy of a full Super Bowl halftime show into our theater and we can’t wait to watch audiences tapping right along with these contagious beats!”
DRUMLine Live is an international tour with content based on HBCU marching band tradition. The stage show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of today’s top songs. The performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of intricate drum riffs and cadences.
Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 3-4, 2017, Merriam Theater), iLuminate (February 10-11, 2017, Merriam Theater), Balé Folclórico da Bahía (February 17, 2017, Merriam Theater), and PHILADANCO (April 13-15, 2017, Perelman Theater).
March 9, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
March 10, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available now and start at $21.50. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at kimmelcenter.org.
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.
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.