QUEST -Now Playing At The Ritz Bourse

First First Run Features is pleased to announce the theatrical release of QUEST, Jonathan Olshefski’s moving chronicle of a close knit African-American family living in North Philadelphia. Filmed with vérité intimacy for almost a decade, QUEST has swept top documentary awards at festivals across the country since it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury prize at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It will open in Philadelphia on Friday, December 1 at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse followed by openings in New York on December 8 and Los Angeles on December 15. A wider national rollout will follow. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, the film follows the Raineys: father Christopher “Quest” Rainey, who juggles various jobs to support his family; Christine’a “Ma Quest,” who works at a women’s shelter; Christine’a’s son William, who is undergoing cancer treatment while caring for his baby son; and PJ, Quest and Christine’a’s young daughter. In a neighborhood besieged by inequality and neglect, they nurture a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a profound testament to love, healing and hope. Theater Appearances: Director Jonathan Olshefski, producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon and the Rainey family will appear in person for the Fri., Dec. 1 7:00 pm post-screening Q&A and 9:45 pm pre-screening introduction; Sat., Dec. 2 7:00 pm post-screening Q&A and 9:45 pm pre-screening introduction; and the Sun., Dec. 3 1:10 pm post-screening Q&A at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St., by 4th St.). “[A] superb film. A living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade.” - Guy Lodge, Variety “Class and race intersect meaningfully in the wonderful documentary Quest, a decade-plus labor of love.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times “By far, one of the most moving documentaries I’ve ever seen, and vital viewing that somehow captures the past 10 years of the American experience better than the family or director Olshefski could have ever imagined.” - Alissa Wilkinson, Vox 105 mins. A First Run Features release. Not rated.

Reelblack Presents MELINDA (1972) | 12/8 at The Bank

What: Reelblack Presents MELINDA (1972)

When: Friday December 8, 2017 at 8:00pm

Where: The Bank, 3750 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia PA

Cost: Pay What You Wish ($7.00 suggested)

On Friday December 8 at 8pm, Reelblack and PEC will present a special 45th Anniversary presentation of MELINDA, followed by a special presentation of audio interviews with surviving members of the production that were recorded for an upcoming Reelblack Podcast.

The first feature film produced by a major studio entirely written, produced and directed by African-Americans, MELINDA has been largely unseen until its 2016 re-issue on the Warner Archive label and showings on Bounce TV. Reelblack has gone the extra mile, not only to show the film, but to screen a rare TV interview with the film’s creator, the late HUGH ROBERTSON, and to share with those in attendance, interview snippets with JUDYANN ELDER (widow of the movie’s screenwriter, Lonne Elder II) and RENNY ROKER, surviving members of the cast.

A slick, smooth-talking, womanizing young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he’s just met. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she is found dead in his apartment. It turns out that she was killed by the local mob, which is trying to frame him for the crime. With the police after him, he calls on some of his old acquaintances to help clear his name and avenge the woman’s death.


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away one copy of the Sundance Film Festival hit,  WHOSE STREETS on DVD, courtesy of Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Winners will be announced Friday 6/17. Good luck!

Whose Streets? is a profound documentary that dives into the Ferguson uprising after the death of Michael Brown in 2014. Killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, Michael’s death marked a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis. Brought together by grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger, the residents took a stand and ignited a nationwide movement to challenge the status quo. Whose Streets? takes an intimate look at the uprising and those directly involved, giving a rare look at the movement that shook the nation.

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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Win A Signed Copy Of Gabrielle Union’s New Memoir

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away a signed copy of Gabrielle Union’s new memoir, WE’RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE, courtesy of our friends at Dey Street Books. The book was released October 24 and is available at and major retailers.

Enter to win by sending an email with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS IN THE MESSAGE AND THE PHRASE “Gabrielle Union” IN THE SUBJECT LINE to

Congrats to Christopher Calmott of Gresham, OR and Milton McGriff of Philadelphia who won copies of the Dick Gregory boom.  Tupac winners will be announced next week.

Winner will be announced on or about November 5, 2017.

Win A Copy of ALL EYEZ ON ME Blu-Ray/DVD Combo

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away four copies of  ALL EYEZ ON ME blu-Ray/DVD combo, courtesy of our friends at Codeblack/Lions Gate


Winners will be announced 10/13. Good luck!

Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. stars as the legendary Tupac Shakur in this powerful, true, and untold story of the rapper, actor, poet, and activist - from his early days in New York City to his evolution into a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his untimely death at the age of twenty-five. ALL EYEZ ON ME also stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, and Danai Gurira.


Special Features:

11 Deleted scenes (Blu-Ray™ Only)

ALL EYEZ ON ME conversations (Blu-Ray™ Only)

Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s raw audition (Blu-Ray™ Only)

Legends will never die: The making of ALL EYEZ ON ME

Becoming Tupac –Lionsgate

Filmmakers Yance Ford and Sonia Lowman on This Friday’s Reelblack Radio

Tune in Friday 9/15 #reelblackradio @onwurd at 11:05 @vibemistress & I will speak with #yanceford whose @strongislanddocpremieres @netflix tomorrow. 11:30 director #SoniaLowman calls in to discuss @teachusallfilm the latest @arraynow release that hits #netflix and screens @aampmuseum on 9/25, the 60th Anniversary of #littlerocknine Listen live at or watch us on #facebooklive on WURD radio page.


Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of Black Film, is giving away two copies of  DEFINING MOMENTS IN HISTORY: READING BETWEEN THE LIES, the eleventh book by the great Dick Gregory, courtesy of our friends at Amistad Books.. The book was just released last week and can be purchased at and and all major retailers.


Winners will be announced 9/22. Good luck!

Win signed Dick Gregory book


With his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.

A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, Damon Young, and Trevor Noah, Dick Gregory was a provocative and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years. As an entertainer, he always kept it indisputably real about race issues in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with hard truths.

Reelblack Presents SWEET LOVE, BITTER (Dick Gregory’s Only Starring Film Role) 10/13

Reelblack kicks off its 15th Season with a rare public screening of SWEET LOVE, BITTER (aka It Won’t Rub Off, Baby), filmmaker Herbert Danska’s 1967 film that features the great DICK GREGORY in his only starring film role.

Following the film, we will present previously unseen exclusive interviews with Mr. Gregory and co-star DON MURRAY about the making of the film, taken from the Reelblack vault. Plus, we will give away a copy of Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Dick Gregory’s latest book, courtesy Amistad Books.

Friday October 13, 2017 at THE BANK, 3750 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Admission is $7 adults/ $5 Students, Seniors and Reelblack Season 15 Members.

(Note: Memberships will be available for purchase at this event)

Drugs and alcohol get the best of a black jazzman (Dick Gregory) and a white professor (Don Murray) who hang out at an espresso bar.

The producers of this very rarely screened film notoriously rejiggered its sequencing after Herbert Danska finished it (much to his chagrin). Still, it remains a finely sustained, elegiac take on saxophonist savant Charlie Parker’s life. The corrosive effects of drug abuse, racial hostility, and mental instability are seen gradually taking hold of the protagonist’s career, leading to his ruin. Pianist Mal Waldron scored the film brilliantly, no doubt thanks to his intimate knowledge of its subject matter—he suffered his own fabled mental breakdown a few years prior to taping. — Tayt Harlin

ARRAY Presents TEACH US ALL 9/25 at AAMP

Reelblack is proud to host the Philadelphia theatrical premiere of TEACH US ALL, the latest release from ARRAY, Ava DuVernay’s distribution collective. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration.

Screening will take place on Monday September 25, 2017 at The African American Museum In Philadelphia at 7:00pm. Admission is pay-as-you-wish (donation). RSVP at

TEACH US ALL | Synopsis
Through case studies in Little Rock, New York City and Los Angeles, TEACH US ALL examines one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time; a quality education for all children. TEACH US ALL chronicles the landmark 1957 “Little Rock Crisis” were a group of African-American students known as the Little Rock Nine courageously attempted to defy the notion that skin color should determine educational access by integrating an all-white southern high school to the present day disparities in access and inequalities in education that are culminating into a re-segregation of schools across the nation.

TEACH US ALL seeks to bring the critical lessons of history to bear on the current state of U.S. education system and investigate: 60 years later, how far have we come – or not come – and where do we go from here?

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