MEET THE STARS OF GROWING UP SMITH - THIS SATURDAY AT AMC HAMILTON 1:30PM

Following the theatrical release of Growing Up Smith (In theaters February 3rd), producer, writer and actor Anjul Nigam (Bhaaskar Bhatnagar)  and actor, Roni Akurati (Smith Bhatnagar) will be participating in a special Q&A at the AMC Hamilton 24 in Hamilton, NJ on Saturday, February 4 after the 1:30 p.m. showing of the film. This will be in conjunction with a nationwide tour in celebration of the film’s opening weekend. The duo will be making various stops across the country. Tickets for the 1:30 p.m. showing are available for public purchase on-site or at Amctheatres.com. Growing Up Smith is the feel-good, coming-of-age story of Smith, a 10-year-old boy from India growing up in Small Town, America in 1979. As the boy’s family tries to straddle the line between embracing the American Dream and preserving their Indian heritage, Smith sneaks out for a taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dons a Saturday Night Fever costume, and contends with his parents as they send him to school with a yellow squash instead of a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. And as Smith falls head over heels in love with Amy, the girl next door, he finds in Amy’s father, Butch, the all-American cowboy he wishes his own father could be.

COMEDY MEETUP IN SUPPORT OF DICK GREGORY 2/15

Tix can be purchased in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soulcomedy-warmdaddys-presents-dick-gregory-by-popular-demand-tickets-31089759307?aff=es2

NOTE:there is a 2 ticket minimum.  Leave a comment below if you want to roll solo and are trying to find another member to purchase tickets with.

Wednesday February 15th!!
SoulComedy @Warmdaddys is honored to welcome back…
Comedian. Activist. Educator.
The venerable
Dick Gregory!!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!!
The author of “Nigger” & one of the originators of political satire & social comedy, live & hilarious at
SoulComedy @Warmdaddys
In a time of change four our country, let us enjoy an evening of laughter and information one of America’s wisest & funniest voices.
$35 Admission
SPECIAL EVENT!!
No passes/discounts accepted
Reserved Seating Available:
COMEDYBYTURAE.COM

THIS WILL BE A CAPACITY EVENT. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!

COMEDY MEETUP - DOMINIQUE 2/17 at PUNCHLINE PHILLY

For a change of pace, I’ve arranged for a group discount on tickets to see comedian DOMINIQUE when she performs at the Punchline Comedy club in Northern Liberties/Frankford on Friday February 17 at 8pm. Tix (when using the code below) are just $15 (must be purchased in pairs) There’s a 2 item minimum, but you can bring food in from the Happy Hour. We will be given a designated section. The club is really nice–good acoustics and not a bad seat in the house. Please RSVP on the meetup page as well as purchase your tickets using the link so that we know who to expect. We can meet at the bar around 7:30 then go in together.
Use promo code MEETUP for $15 tickets to the 8pm show. Here’s the ticket link: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/02005186966C1E6F

Happy hour is 5-7pm with drink & specials and half-priced appetizers. There is a paid parking lot under I-95, as well as plenty of adjacent street parking (Free parking also at Sugar House, which is 2-3 blocks away).

What is there to know about Dominique Witten? Well, if you’re interested in high-powered comedy, everything. From headlining comedy clubs, to showing-out on television, Dominique is the new face of funny in America. She’s created laughs on stages all across the world, including NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show,” O.W.N.’s “Herlarious” and the hit television series “Black Jesus,” now airing on Adult Swim.

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO MOVIE MEETUP ON 2/8 at RITZ FIVE

The highly anticipated documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, opens today at the Ritz Fiva and Cinemark Rave University City.  The film, inspired by the writings of James Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, is nominated for an Academy Award.

On Wednesday 2/8, Reelblack will host a Movie Meetup in support of the 7:35pm show at the Ritz Five, 2nd and Walnut Streets.  Tix are $7.00 and can be purchased at the boxoffice, or in advance at

We are also giving away Run of Engagement passes–good for admission at any showing of NEGRO at the Ritz Five on Monday through Thursday, to four lucky readers.  Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS in the body of the message and the phrase, “I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to Reelblackinc@aol.com Winners will be selected at random and passes sent out on Monday.  Good luck!

RAOUL PECK | I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (In Theaters Feb. 3)

RBTV’s MIKE D. HAd the privilege of chatting with filmmaker RAOUL PECK about his Oscar nominated documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. www.iamnotyournegro.com

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

BILLY WOODBERRY MASTER CLASS AT SCRIBE 2/1

This workshop explores the range of expressive and creative approaches to non-fiction film. With screening examples drawn from classic and contemporary works, the goal is to recover some of the creative possibilities of documentary filmmaking. The workshop will be led by Billy Woodberry, a leading figure in the movement of Black independent filmmakers known as the L.A. Rebellion. A reading list will be made available prior to the workshop.

For those interested in learning more, attend this upcoming Producers’ Forum screening of three films by Woodberry from throughout his career. Learn more HERE

Contact Email Address:
Contact Phone Number:
2152224201
Cost:
$20, $10 Scribe and Reelblack members

This workshop explores the range of expressive and creative approaches to non-fiction film. With screening examples drawn from classic and contemporary works, the goal is to recover some of the creative possibilities of documentary filmmaking. The workshop will be led by Billy Woodberry, a leading figure in the movement of Black independent filmmakers known as the L.A. Rebellion. A reading list will be made available prior to the workshop.

For those interested in learning more, attend this upcoming Producers’ Forum screening of three films by Woodberry from throughout his career. Learn more HERE

Contact Email Address:
Contact Phone Number:
2152224201
Cost:
$20, $10 Scribe members

THREE FILMS BY BILLY WOODBERRY 1/31 - FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Scribe Producer’s Forum: Three Films by Billy Woodberry at the PFS Roxy 2023 Sansom Street

Scribe Video Center presents three films by Billy Woodberry, a key figure in the movement of Black independent filmmakers known as “the L.A. Rebellion.”

** Billy Woodberry will be in attendance **


Reelblack Members Get Scribe Discounted Rate


Part of Scribe Video Center’s Producers’ Forum. This screening is presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Film Society.

Tuesday, January 31 | 6 PM
Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2ibIHMG

MARSEILLE APRÈS LA GUERRE
USA/PORTUGAL | 2016 | 10 MIN
Marseille Après La Guerre is a portrait of dockworkers in Marseille after World War II, and a reflection on the political awakening of legendary African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène.

BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS
USA | 1983 | 80 MIN
Bless Their Little Hearts addresses the social and cultural impact of mass unemployment through the story of one couple’s struggle to make ends meet. This newly restored masterpiece by Woodberry was written and photographed by Charles Burnett.

Tuesday, January 31 | 8 PM
Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2jw3Fbf

AND WHEN I DIE, I WON’T STAY DEAD
USA/PORTUGAL | 2015 | 89 MIN
A fascinating portrait of Bob Kaufman (1925-1986), one of the Beat Generations’ most overlooked artists, the film is a journey into the ferocious beauty of Kaufman’s work, and his insistence that poetry is fundamental to humanity’s moral survival.


About:

Billy Woodberry is a key figure in the nexus of Black independent filmmakers known as “the L.A. Rebellion.” His film Bless Their Little Hearts received two awards at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and was placed on the National Film Registry in 2013. Woodberry has taught at CalArts since 1989.

James Baldwin In Paris (1971) | Philadelphia Premiere 2/10

In honor of the release of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Reelblack presents a pair of rare documentaries featuring the late author, including the Philadelphia premiere of MEETING THE MAN: JAMES BALDWIN IN PARIS (1971). Followed by a discussion.
Friday February 10 at 7:15pm. At the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia 19104. Suggested donation: $5.00

Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris
Terence Dixon, UK/France, 1971, digital projection, 31m
An extremely rare film document photographed by Jack Hazan (Rude Boy, A Bigger Splash) in several symbolic locations, including the Place de la Bastille. As Hazan recounts: “Things don’t go to plan for him and the film crew when a couple of young black Vietnam draft dodgers impose themselves on the American. Baldwin wrestles with being a role model to the black youths, denouncing Western colonialism and crimes against African Americans while at the same time demonstrating his mastery and understanding of the culture he supposedly despises.”

Special thanks to Jake Perlin and Rich Blint, who programmed The Devil Finds Work - James Baldwin On Film series at Lincoln Center in 2016.

Movie Meetup for Sleepless This Saturday 1/14

Lets support opening weekend of SLEEPLESS, the new thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union.  Pledge to attend the 11:50am show at the UA Riverview in South Philly.  Afterward, join us for lunch at Ruby Buffet for discussion and giveaways.

Event is DUTCH TREAT.  Get tix in advance at http://www.fandango.com/uariverviewplazastadium17rpx26imax_aadib/theaterpage?date=1/14/2017

SLEEPLESS stars Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, White House Down) as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground.

Free Screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13th on 1/13 at AAMP

Seating is limited. RSVP LIST IS CLOSED. THERE WILL BE A WAITLIST AT THE DOOR.

“The Oscar for this year’s Best Documentary belongs to 13th, Ava DuVernay’s incendiary, indelible and indispensable document about the myth of racial equality in America.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Join Reelblack and the African American Museum (701 Arch Street) in Philadelphia for a FREE screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13TH. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues addressed in this film. Panelists will be announced shortly. This screening is presented as part of AAMP’s annual MLK Weekend Celebration sponsored by Citizens Bank. Community partners: 900AM-WURD, BlackStar Film Festival, Scribe Video Center, Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

Confirmed to moderate is 900AM WURD Program Director Stephanie Renee.  Panelists for Friday’s screening are

Mitchell Chance, public speaker and author of The Great Hijack https://www.amazon.com/Great-Hijack-stealing-Talented-through/dp/1539478823

William L. Goldsby, Chair Reconstruction Inc. Author, Reconstructing Rage https://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Rage-Transformative-Incarceration-Spirituality

El Sawyer, Filmmaker and Social Justice Activist http://pullofgravityfilm.com/bios/

Kevin Shird
National Youth Advocate, Author of ‘Lessons of Redemption’ and ‘Uprising in the City’ https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Redemption-Kevin-Shird/dp/1908518235

Doors: 6:00 pm

Screening: 6:30 pm

More about 13TH

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. A Netflix original documentary.

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