Personal Problems

This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker... Read more

Personal Problems

Directed by Bill Gunn

Year: 1980
Running Time: 165
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama
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Personal Problems

Cast
Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
Sam Waymon
Jim Wright
Walter Cotton

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Directed by Bill Gunn
Writer Ishmael Reed


This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby's The Landlord. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades!

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"Embodies the spirit of independent film. Bill Gunn is one of the most under-appreciated filmmakers of his time."

“Bill Gunn’s long-lost, wondrous opus Personal Problems feels it’s own organic way into the unsung lives of it’s African-American characters.”

“It may take years or even decades, but the cream does eventually rise to the top... During an era where Blaxploitation was king, Gunn made films that were sensitive and nuanced while others where strip-mining Black culture.”

“Gunn was a pioneer of black filmmaking... a lesser-known and immensely talented auteur whose works offer a unique vision of black American life.”

“Bill Gunn inspired a legion of underground and avant-garde painters and dramatists to be as strange as they actually were. The freedom in that alone is revolutionary.”

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Venue City Date
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1528603200June 10, 2018
UCLA / Melnitz Movies Los Angeles 1528430400June 8, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston 15278256006/1, 6/6, 6/8, 6/13-14
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1523419200April 11, 2018
Metrograph New York 1522382400March 30 - April 19, 2018


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