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Killer of Sheep - film & discussion

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BloomBars and DC Moving Pictures present one of the most celebrated and acclaimed films by an African-American filmmaker...

What: Killer of Sheep
When: Tuesday, July 15,[masked]:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.

Killer of Sheep (1979, 83 min), written and directed by Charles Burnett - Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support. This experimental film is one of the most acclaimed films by an African-American filmmaker, with a style that has been compared to Italian neorealism.

Our discussion will be lead by Chris Rue, of DC Moving Pictures – a movie screening project dedicated to showcasing great movies and great filmmakers at local spaces in and around the District.

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Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter. The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor.
Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP is one of the most famous and acclaimed films by an African-American filmmaker. It was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and was chosen by the National Society of Film Critics as one of the 100 Essential Films. But, due to music licensing problems, the film was rarely screened, and then only in ragged 16mm prints. UCLA Film & Television Archives' dazzling 35mm restoration of this landmark film opened the world's eyes to one of the great films of cinema.
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PARKING INFORMATION - Street parking on 11th St and on adjacent streets – avoid Residential-Only spots. Two (2) parking garages are a short walk away (*14th St near Target, and *Park Rd at Giant Food) and there’s the Columbia Heights METRO Station. We encourage you to arrive on time and take advantage of the METRO or the parking garages. Thank you!

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