Screenings

Wattstax

Sunday Aug 21, 2011 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM This is a past program

Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, Richard Pryor, Jesse Jackson, and others appear in the Golden Globe nominated Wattstax, a documentary about the 1972 Wattstax Music Festival, organized in commemoration of the seventh anniversary of the Watts Rebellion. Weaving together performance footage along with impromptu interviews with concertgoers, Wattstax gives insight to the 1960s and 1970s African American experience in Watts and the U.S. at large. (1973, Dir. Mel Stuart, 98 min.)

A Q&A with director Mel Stuart and actor Ted Lange will follow this screening. Cash bar 7:00–11:00PM.

Trailer for Wattstax

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