WIN A COPY OF CHASING TRANE ON BLU-RAY

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a copy of the recently released documentary, CHASING TRANE, courtesy of our friend ay uMe and www.coltranefilm.com

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

Winner will be announced on or about January 1, 2018.

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On November 17, respected filmmaker John Scheinfeld’s acclaimed feature documentary film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, will be released by UMe on DVD and Blu-ray with exclusive bonus features. On the same date, Verve/UMe will release the film’s vital audio companion — Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Original Soundtrack — on CD, 180-gram 2-LP vinyl, and digital audio. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the time, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician and composer whose influence continues to resonate around the world.

Preorder Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary: https://UMe.lnk.to/ChasingTraneDoc

Preorder Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Original Soundtrack: https://UMe.lnk.to/ChasingTraneOST

Written and directed by John Scheinfeld [The U.S. vs. John Lennon; Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)], Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is a rich and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist that reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. The captivating film is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci, and Dave Harding, with the support of the Coltrane family and the record labels that collectively manage the Coltrane catalog. Chasing Trane’s DVD and Blu-ray packages include a booklet with an essay by Scheinfeld and rare photos seen in the film. The soundtrack’s booklet also includes rare photos from the film and an essay by journalist and film participant Ashley Kahn.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary features never-before-seen Coltrane family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio (discovered in a California garage during production of the film), along with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. The smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting film reveals the critical events, passions, experience, and challenges that shaped Coltrane’s life and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. Above all, it is the incredible spiritual journey of a man who found himself and, in the process, created an extraordinary, iconic body of work that transcends all barriers of geography, race, religion and age.

TAKEING A BREAK FROM THE MONOLITH (aka FACEBOOK)

I’ve been getting a bunch of calls lately. People seem to think I’m under some sort of crisis because they can’t find my account on Facebook.
All is well and good.
I was reported for not using my government name on the platform.  There were limited options to get me re-instated.  All involved me sending them a scan of my identification.
I’m not sure if they need it. They already have access to everything in my phone.
so I’m taking a break.
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Or come out to any of our events and we can actually share an experience in real time in 3D.

QUEST -Now Playing At The Ritz Bourse

First First Run Features is pleased to announce the theatrical release of QUEST, Jonathan Olshefski’s moving chronicle of a close knit African-American family living in North Philadelphia. Filmed with vérité intimacy for almost a decade, QUEST has swept top documentary awards at festivals across the country since it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury prize at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It will open in Philadelphia on Friday, December 1 at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse followed by openings in New York on December 8 and Los Angeles on December 15. A wider national rollout will follow. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, the film follows the Raineys: father Christopher “Quest” Rainey, who juggles various jobs to support his family; Christine’a “Ma Quest,” who works at a women’s shelter; Christine’a’s son William, who is undergoing cancer treatment while caring for his baby son; and PJ, Quest and Christine’a’s young daughter. In a neighborhood besieged by inequality and neglect, they nurture a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a profound testament to love, healing and hope. Theater Appearances: Director Jonathan Olshefski, producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon and the Rainey family will appear in person for the Fri., Dec. 1 7:00 pm post-screening Q&A and 9:45 pm pre-screening introduction; Sat., Dec. 2 7:00 pm post-screening Q&A and 9:45 pm pre-screening introduction; and the Sun., Dec. 3 1:10 pm post-screening Q&A at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St., by 4th St.). “[A] superb film. A living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade.” - Guy Lodge, Variety “Class and race intersect meaningfully in the wonderful documentary Quest, a decade-plus labor of love.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times “By far, one of the most moving documentaries I’ve ever seen, and vital viewing that somehow captures the past 10 years of the American experience better than the family or director Olshefski could have ever imagined.” - Alissa Wilkinson, Vox 105 mins. A First Run Features release. Not rated.