Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Does the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Tease a Black Panther Introduction? Does the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Tease a Black Panther Introduction? Watch New "Supertrailer" for 'Drumline: A New Beat' Watch New "Supertrailer" for 'Drumline: A New Beat' Watch Now: Baseball Phenom Mo'ne Davis Inspires in Spike Lee Doc 'I Throw Like A Girl' Watch Now: Baseball Phenom Mo'ne Davis Inspires in Spike Lee Doc 'I Throw Like A Girl' Watch: Racism Insurance - Coverage for White Privilege (For Everything, But the N-Word) Watch: Racism Insurance - Coverage for White Privilege (For Everything, But the N-Word) New Daytime Talkshow 'The FAB' w/ Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee Coming to ABC New Daytime Talkshow 'The FAB' w/ Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee Coming to ABC Watch: Everything Else You've Wanted to Know About 'The Wire' - Cast Reunites for Hour-Long Chat Watch: Everything Else You've Wanted to Know About 'The Wire' - Cast Reunites for Hour-Long Chat Sundance Institute Announces New Artist Development Programs Coming to 8 US Cities Sundance Institute Announces New Artist Development Programs Coming to 8 US Cities TV Series Based on Queen of Salsa's Celia Cruz is Underway; Puertorican Actors Jeimy Osorio & Modesto Lacen Star TV Series Based on Queen of Salsa's Celia Cruz is Underway; Puertorican Actors Jeimy Osorio & Modesto Lacen Star Weekend B.O. Oct.17-19 - How Did 'Dear White People' Do and What Might it Mean? Weekend B.O. Oct.17-19 - How Did 'Dear White People' Do and What Might it Mean? Trailer Debut: 'Black Dynamite' Season 2 Arrives Trailer Debut: 'Black Dynamite' Season 2 Arrives Review: 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' Proves That Iron Mike Isn't Afraid to Dress Himself Down Review: 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' Proves That Iron Mike Isn't Afraid to Dress Himself Down The Cast of 'Drumline: A New Beat' Talk How the Original Movie Impacted Them The Cast of 'Drumline: A New Beat' Talk How the Original Movie Impacted Them 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Tonight In NYC - Screening Of "Bless Their Little Hearts" & Charles Burnett Critical Panel

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 22, 2011 at 1:52AM

As part of MoMA's ongoing Charles Burnett retrospective, titled Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure, which ends on Monday, the 25th... this afternoon and tonight, if you are in New York City, instead of giving Tyler Perry your $13 for Madea's Big Happy Family, may I suggest you instead see Billy Woodberry's woefully under-seen 1984 feature film, Bless Their Little Hearts, which Charles Burnett wrote the screenplay for, and shot as well.
3

As part of MoMA's ongoing Charles Burnett retrospective, titled Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure, which ends on Monday, the 25th... this afternoon and tonight, if you are in New York City, instead of giving Tyler Perry your $13 for Madea's Big Happy Family, may I suggest you instead see Billy Woodberry's woefully under-seen 1984 feature film, Bless Their Little Hearts, which Charles Burnett wrote the screenplay for, and shot as well.

It'll likely be your only chance to see it, if you haven't already, because the film isn't available on home video, though I'm not quite sure why.

It screened at the Berlin Film Festival, Toronto and New York in 1984, and really needs to be screened more often. I couldn't even find a trailer on the web.

The film is, an LA Film Rebellion movement collaboration, in short, a pleasant, low-key, effective portrait of enduring life in South Central Los Angeles.

It screens at 4:30PM this afternoon, and I plan on being there. I've seen it once before, at a previous Charles Burnett retro, and I'd love to see it again. This time I'll give it a proper review.

A couple of hours after the screening, at 8PM, you're invited to attend a panel discussion including scholars and fellow filmmakers who will discuss Charles Burnett's work and influence on the cinematic landscape. Amongst the names who will be on the panel, you'll find Armond White, Professor Robert Kapsis, co-curator of the exhibition and editor of Charles Burnett: Interviews, actor Richard Brooks (who stars in Burnett's To Sleep with Angerand The Wedding), filmmaker and Burnett collaborator Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, and Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

I also plan on attending the panel. How could I not, given the subject matter and the panelists. :)

So, maybe I'll see you there.

This article is related to: Screening Sighting


Shadow & ActNewsletter