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Ad Hoc & MBC present "Charles Burnett and the Black Independent Movement" double feature with discussion: KILLER OF SHEEP and BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS

  • 21 Feb 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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WED, FEB 21, 7p:

Ad Hoc Cinema and Miami Beach Cinematheque present

Charles Burnett and the

Black Independent Movement

Hosted by Torrance Gettrell of Ad Hoc Cinema in discussion* with special guest Jason Jeffers, co-founder of Third Horizon Collective and Caribbean Film Festival.

Join us during Black History Month when we look back on the movement that inspired the work of American vanguard filmmaker(s) Charles Burnett and his contemporaries, Billy Woodberry, Julie Dash, etc., with a very special double feature of two "rarely screened" newly restored cult classics from the LA Underground film scene--during the 70s and 80s--known as the Black Independent Movement.

*Discussion between Torrance Gettrell and Jason Jeffers will take place between the two screenings.

KILLER OF SHEEP

Directed by CHARLES BURNETT/1977/1hr, 20mins.

With Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy

Charles Burnett's captivating vision of 1970s Watts reveals a vibrant community living in the dusty lots, cramped houses and concrete jungles of South Los Angeles. The episodic narrative revolves around the emotional pressures faced by a factory worker; moments of humor and despair, mixed with evocative African American music, form a clear-eyed, compassionate portrait.

and

BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS

Directed by BILLY WOODBERRY/1984/1hr, 20mins.

Script and cinematography by CHARLES BURNETT

With Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett

Billy Woodberry's Bless Their Little Hearts chronicles the devastating effects of underemployment on a family in the same Los Angeles community depicted in Killer of Sheep (1977), and pays witness to the ravages of time in the short years since its predecessor. Nate Hardman and Kaycee Moore deliver gut-wrenching performances as the couple whose family is torn apart by events beyond their control.

 

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