Reelblack Contests - Win Tix to LET THE FIRE BURN or a copy of the L.A. REBELLION book


Reelblack is giving away 10 passes for two to this Saturday’s special screening of LET THE FIRE BURN, the award-winning chronicle of the 1985 MOVE bombing.  Screening will take place at 7:00pm at the PFS Roxy at 2023 Sansom Street.

Enter to win by sending email with your FULL NAME and PHONE NUMBER IN THE MESSAGE and THE PHRASE “MOVE MOVIE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to

We will also give away a pair of tickets during the Reelblack Radio Hour Friday 11am-noon on WURD-AM  Listen Live at
Note: this event is open to the public.  Tickets are available($13.00) at the door or in advance at
The film will also screen Sunday at 3:00pm an Monday at 7:00pm, however the filmmaker is not scheduled to appear.

Archival footage documents the tragic events that led to a deadly standoff between police and a Black Liberation organization that resulted in 11 dead and a Philadelphia neighborhood in flames.
The word MOVE resonates in so many different ways with the people of Philadelphia. Beginning as the representation of an advocacy group fighting for refuge from racism and police brutality, the signifier now calls to mind one of the most controversial decisions made by city leaders in American history. Director Jason Osder delivers a masterful document of the incident, weaving together archival footage that traces the origins of the advocacy movement as a “back to nature” initiative through its transition into more radicalized beliefs and behaviors. Featuring rare interviews with movement leaders Ramona Africa, Birdie Africa, and more, the film explores what went wrong in 1985 on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia that left 11 people dead and over 250 residents homeless. Avoiding both bias and soapbox, Osder challenges audiences to examine the situation and arrive at their own conclusions. This study of escalating racial, economic, and social tension is a stunning preview of the epidemic front page issues facing our country today and deserves to be seen again, in the company of the community.

ALSO: We are giving one lucky reader a copy of the recently released book, L.A. REBELLION: CREATING A NEW BLACK CINEMA, courtesy of University of California Press.


of Richmond, CA

A winner will be selected at random and notified at the end of next week.

Listen live tomorrow at 11:30amET to Reelblack Radio on The Mojo on 900AMWURD. We will chat with UCLA Film archivist JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK about the new book and the effort to preserve the work of L.A. Rebellion filmmakers.

L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is the first book dedicated to the films and filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African, Caribbean, and African American independent film and video artists that formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s and 1980s. The group-including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Jamaa Fanaka, and Zeinabu irene Davis-shared a desire to create alternatives to the dominant modes of narrative, style, and practice in American cinema, works that reflected the full complexity of Black experiences. This landmark collection of essays and oral histories examines the creative output of the L.A. Rebellion, contextualizing the group’s film practices and offering sustained analyses of the wide range of works, with particular attention to newly discovered films and lesser-known filmmakers. Based on extensive archival work and preservation, this collection includes a complete filmography of the movement, over 100 illustrations (most of which are previously unpublished), and a bibliography of primary and secondary materials. This is an indispensible sourcebook for scholars and enthusiasts, establishing the key role played by the L.A. Rebellion within the histories of cinema, Black visual culture, and postwar art in Los Angeles.


Congratulations to DARNELL SADLER of Lansdowne, PA who won a copy of BEAT STREET on DVD courtesy of Olive Films.  Another copy will be given away at our March 11 event in W. Philly.


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