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L.A. Rebellion Chicago Screening of 'My Brother's Wedding' With Filmmaker Charles Burnett, Thursday May 2

by Sergio
April 27, 2013 10:42 AM
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My Brother's Wedding

The third showing in the Chicago screening of the L.A. Rebellion touring film series will continue on Thursday May 2 with a screening of Charles Burnett’s 1983 film My Brother’s Wedding.

Burnett’s tragicomedy, which was his second feature film after Killer of Sheep, tells the story of a young man Pierce, a rather feckless and aimless youth who drifts though life working at his parents’ day cleaning store with no particular goals or aims in life. But that suits him just fine.

However, his whole world is turned completely upside down when he agrees to be the best man to his more successful lawyer brother’s wedding to the daughter of a very well-to-do family, who Pierce can’t stand. Eventually it all leads up to a dilemma in which Pierce, for the first time, has to make a decision about his life.

The version screened will be Burnett’s 2007 “director’s cut” which is actually shorter that his original 1983 version. Considering that “director cuts” always tend to be longer, it would be interesting to ask why Burnett's definitive version is shorter than his original version.

And you will have the chance, since the master filmmaker himself, Charles Burnett, will be present at the screening of his film.

The screening starts at 7PM and will take place at the Logan Center of the Arts, located on the University of Chicago campus, at 915 E. 60th St.

Northwestern University professor and curator of the L.A. Rebellion film series Jacqueline Stewart will introduce the film, and conduct a Q and A with Burnett afterward.

Last week's screening of Emma Mae (hosted by yours truly) played to a capacity crowd (Thank you to all of you who came out), and no doubt, Wedding will be popular as well, so make sure to get your tickets ASAP.

And, as with all the Chicago screenings, tickets are FREE but you must RSVP right HERE.

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  • tolly devlin | April 28, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    I recall when the film first screened at the SAIC Film Center in the 80's . Burnett was there for that screening & had some interesting comments . I have the Killer of Sheep dvd, which contains both versions of My Brother's ...., but I will definetly be there for this screening.

  • Alan | April 27, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    Saw "My Brother's Wedding" years ago in a festival and again relatively recently. A quirky time capsule. I love it.

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