photo by Craig Carpenter

photo by Craig Carpenter

It’s official! Reelblack’s latest short film production, THE 13TH AMENDMENT was recently awarded the Grand Jury Prize for the first ever CNN IREPORT FILM FESTIVAL. IReport is CNN’s user-generated video blog. The 13th Amendment was chosen among hundreds of submissions dealing with this year’s election submitted from around the world. Grand Prize is a trip for two to his 2009 Presidential Inauguration and a hi-def video camera.

CNN’s iReport Film Festival selection Grand Jury Winner
CNN Press Release - For his short film “13th Amendment,” Mike Dennis of Philadelphia, Pa., followed his 90-year-old great-great-grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania primary. The film, depicting the lifelong voter’s first opportunity to cast a vote on behalf of a black man for U.S. president, took the Grand Jury Award at the iReport Film Festival, CNN’s first user-generated short film competition.

In comments about “13th Amendment,” film reviewer Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said: “In less than five minutes, Mike Dennis tells a complete story with an inspirational message. I was impressed by all the entries, and I’m sure I’ll see many of these names on feature-length films and documentaries in the years to come.”

Following the theme “Campaign 2008,” the iReport Film Festival provided a platform for filmmakers to document this year’s presidential campaign from their personal vantage point, whether they were volunteering for a campaign or had compelling stories about this election they wanted to document creatively. This short film can be found at

I would like to personally thank everyone who viewed and voted for our film, which follows my grandmother’s trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary. It’s been an amazing run. Since debuting at Fancypants Cinema and on Reelblack TV, we’ve been invited to screen in festivals in New York, LA and Charlotte, NC. The film will also screen the week of October 28 on BET-J’s BLACK STORIES (along with Philly filmmaker Bianca White’s short). All the comments are appreciated but there’s so much more work to do. I chose the title The 13th Amendment to remind folks that there wasn’t always a time when all Americans had the right of freedom. One of our greatest privileges is the Right To Vote. Please do it on November 4.

Mike Klein’s article in Philly Inquirer about the win can be viewed here:



  1. Benjamin on July 29th, 2014 12:45 am

    cognate@macklins.snug” rel=”nofollow”>.…

    thank you!!…

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