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


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
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Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.