Reelblack Presents La Vie Magnifique de Charlie 11/10 | Filmmaker In Person

Reelblack is proud to host the Philadelphia Premiere of Bobby Huntley II’s award-winning debut feature, LA VIE MAGNIFIQUE DE CHARLIE (2017).  [The film is in English, shot entirely in Atlanta.]

Screening will take place on Friday November 10 at 7:30pm. At The Bank (formerly United Bank Building) 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Admission is pay-what-you-wish (suggested donation $7.00).

Mr. Huntley will be in attendance for a post-film discussion following the film.


The Audience Choice Winner at this year’s Baltimore Black Film Festival, “Charlie” is a timely & exquisite exploration of the power of sisterhood and the beauty of #Blackgirlmagic, hoping to widen the narrow scope of the portrayals of black women in media. The film is a dramedy about one young woman’s struggle to remain carefree-even after the death of the love of her life: her sister. Everyone is taken aback by Charlie’s unorthodox (and seemingly chipper) approach to her grieving process. Follow Charlie and her friends Kayla and Keturah as they go along for a wild, hilariously exhilarating and bittersweet ride – which will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life. Some of the topics covered in the film are mental health, sickle cell, and female sexual empowerment.

Director Bobby Huntley II stated during a recent interview that “…when we filmed the movie we had no budget, but as a collective of artists we wanted to come together to create something unique, and vibrant, and timeless”. Part of that stems from the bold look of the film which was inspired by the early films of Spike Lee, Prince & Madonna. The quirky French aesthetic was influenced by the 2001 classic Amelie and includes the funky Minneapolis sound infused score by acclaimed music producer Chuckey Charles. What sets this film apart is it’s captured from the lens of a black woman - cinematographer Lakisha Hughes. The result is an interestin??g world where the aesthetics of throwback 1980’s gritty New York has been combined with present day Atlanta flair and flourishes ofwhimsy in this heartwarming tale of love between sisters.

This moving tale stars first-time actor Kortnee Price, in a breakthrough performance as the quirky and lovable central character Charlie, supported by her best friends portrayed by Nikki Lashae, Lailaa Brookings, and Ashley S. Evans starring as her sister Brandy. At the helm of “Charlie” is Award winning Director/Writer Bobby Huntley II & fellow creative Nikki Wade, known for creating the viral fan made trailer for the New Editon Story which garnered several million views and would eventually lay the groundwork that led to the highly rated (unassociated) BET miniseries.

“Charlie” is executive produced by Chet A. Brewster of Davenstar 1 Entertainment; Nikki Wade produces via Divadom Entertainment.

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