In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

The Significance of Sidney: A Black Film Mini-Lecture

The Significance of Sidney:
A Black Film Mini-Lecture World Premiere
Presented by Charles Woods
Free Documentary Screening


On Friday, January 28th We invite you to watch “The Significance of Sidney” with us at 7:00 pm CST and at 8:00pm CST join us for a Live Stream Conversation with Host Bart Weiss, an award winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator and guests Charles Wood, Film Historian and Filmmaker Mike D. Can’t tune in at 7:00pm you can still join the Conversation then watch the film at your leisure. Both will be available until Sunday, February 6th at 11:59 pm Central.


What Jackie Robinson meant to the world of sports, Sidney Poitier meant to the world of film. After being passed the torch by Paul Robeson, Poitier was faced with the dilemma of being Hollywood’s lone Black superstar at a time when the only other African-American at the studio was the shoeshine boy. As a product of his time, he provided an image for Blacks to be proud of during the civil rights movement. However, as times changed, he was vilified by more radical voices for not challenging the status quo. Film historian Charles Woods (The Talking Black Podcast) examines his true legacy in this video essay presented by Reelblack.


Conversation with Special Guests: 8:00 pm CST- 8:40 pm CST

Host: Bart Weiss– Dallas Videofest Director and Producer of KERA Frame of Mind

Guests: Charles Wood, Film Historian and Mike D., Filmmaker 

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About Charles Woods

For more than fifty years, Charles Woods has studied and archived memorabilia depicting the images of African Americans in motion pictures. He has presented countless film series in all boroughs of New York, for colleges, libraries, museums and various historical societies. During the 1970’s through the 1980’s, Mr. Woods was constantly sought after for his expertise to provide historical perspective and film footage for numerous television specials such as: Essence: The Television Program; Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America’s Black Female Super Stars; Images and Realities: African American Men and Images and Realities: African American Women. And many other similar programs as a consultant to The Gene Davis Group. He was the co-founder of The Black Films Preservation Committee, based in New York.

In 1993, he created and managed The 43rd Chamber, located in the heart of Times Square, New York.

From its opening until its closing in 2002, this unique boutique store was recognized as one of the primary locations to acquire rare, hard-to-find copies of “Race”, “Blaxploitation”, and “Fung-Fu” genre films.


About Mike D.

Reelblack founder Michael J. Dennis is an award winning filmmaker, curator and media host based in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of both NYU’s Tish School of the Arts and The American Film Institute Conservatory, his short films and documentaries have screened globally. He has worked with Chris Rock, Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and The Hudlin Brothers. The recipient of The CNN IReport Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and two-time Pew Fellowship finalist, Mike has curated film festivals since 1994, when he was hired by Todd Phillips (Joker) and Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism) to bring Rusty Cundieff’s Fear of a Black Hat to the New York Underground Film Festival.

His passion and knowledge of Black film has openend many doors. The monthly screening series, Reelblack Presents (2003-2019), helped introduce local audiences to the work of Chinonye Chukwu, Pete Chatmon and Matthew A. Cherry and showcased restorations of classics like Wattstax and Sidewalk Stories. Reelblack TV (2006 – now), captured interviews and music performances with artists like Spike Lee, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Patrice O’Neal and Dick Gregory.  Reelblack Radio (co-hosted w/ Stephanie Renee on WURD-AM/FM from 2014-2018) offered irreverent takes on current events and gave local listeners the opportunity to chat with legends like Byron Allen, Bill Duke , Bruce W. Smith and Julie Dash. As President of the The Philadelphia Film and Video Association and founding member of both Councilman David Oh’s Black Film Advisory Committee and Ava DuVernay’s Array, he worked diligently to develop infrastructure for Independent filmmakers. He strives to deliver experiences that make it feel good to be Black. Every single day.


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