About Us

Mike D. receiving honor from WRNB-FM's Dyana Williams and Councilman David Oh

Mike D. receiving honor from Councilman Oh

Reelblack is a full-service film and video production company dedicated to creating and promoting “good movies ’bout Black Folks.”

Based in Philadelphia, it was founded in 1999 by award-winning filmmaker Michael Dennis (a.k.a. Mike D.), a graduate of both NYU Film School and The American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

In addition to writing, producing and directing, Mike curates and hosts a monthly screening series at International House called REELBLACK PRESENTS, which promotes “discoveries and rediscoveries in African-American film. DINNER AND A MOVIE is a more intimate event tat takes place at Cafe Mills; MOVIE MEETUPS are designed to show financial support to targeted films.  For more info, visit www.reelblack.com

Reelblack Presents is sponsored by ROLLING OUT URBANSTYLE WEEKLY, WURD-900AM RADIO, THE PHILADELPHIA SUNDAY SUN and INTERNATIONAL HOUSE.

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES

For a nominal annual fee of $40 per season, Reelblack Members get discounts on Reelblack Merchandise and tickets. Additionally, members receive priority notification on Free Advance Screenings of major studio releases (currently averaging twice a month).

Reelblack TV is currently in its fifth season on PhillyCAM and Youtube.com.  It features interviews with up-and-coming filmmakers, musicians and living legends. Our goal is to capture and document the New Black Film Revolution.

Michael J. Dennis Bio

Michael J. Dennis (Director/ Editor) a.k.a. “Mike D.” has over 20 years of experience as a filmmaker. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Production from New York University and a M.F.A. in Film Directing from the American Film Institute. In 1999, he founded Reelblack, an independent film company dedicated to creating and promoting “Good movies ‘bout Black folks.”. Mike’s credits include the biographical portraits Who Is Chris Rock (1989), Philly Boy: A Movie About M.C. Breeze (2002), Jazzyfatnastees In Process (2002), Kindred The Family Soul (2006), Ursula Rucker: Poet (2008) and Ladies and Gentlemen, Jordan Rock (2011). He has directed and edited over 450 segments for Reelblack TV, a half hour film and music interview show that is broadcast monthly on PhillyCAM. A three-time grant recipient of Mind TV’s Philadelphia Stories, his work has screened on CNN, BET, WYBE-TV and Aspire TV. Awards include Film of the Year, Phillyhiphop.com for Philly Boy (2002), Best Documentary NC Black Film Festival for Jazzyfatnastees in Process (2003), Emerging Filmmaker Award NC Black Film Festival (2004), CNN IReport Grand Jury Prize for The 13th Amendment (2008), PhillyCAM Impact Award (2013), Citation from Philadelphia City Council (2013).