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Reelblack Presents SIDEWALK STORIES 25th Anniversary (Filmmaker In Person)

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Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film plays host to a special 25th Anniversary screening of the indie classic SIDEWALK STORIES (1989). Recently restored from the original negative, writer/director/star CHARLES LANE will be on hand for a post-film discussion with Reelblack founder MIKE D. and filmmaker REL DOWDELL.

Preceded by

A LONG WALK (2014/15 min/ DVD/ dir Chinonye Chukwu) A father humiliates his son by parading him through the neighborhood in women’s clothing in front of all the other kids on a summer day. The impact of that decision ripples through his family and best friend’s lives for years to come. FILMMAKER IN PERSON.

Wednesday June 25 @7pm International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

Admission $10 Adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ $5 Reelblack and IHouse Members

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On a wintry Greenwich Village street, portrait artist Charles Lane (the writer/director himself) battles a bullying, giant fellow artist, strokes attractive businesswoman Sandye Wilson’s cheek a little more than needed to get those proportions right, then gets stuck with adorable tot Nicole Alysia when her gambler dad gets knifed - all in black and white silence… and without the use of a single inter-title. An homage to Chaplin’s The Kid (and other movies) set in a then-tough Village environment (Lane squats in a wreck slated for demolition) and clearly capturing the plight of the homeless, Sidewalk Stories retains a magical sense of the fable, until a final, startling switch to… Winner of the Prix du Public at the Cannes Film Festival, Sidewalk Stories became a hit independent film around the world, but then disappeared: it’s never been on DVD or home video. Approx. 97 min. DCP, restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and released by Carlotta Films US.