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
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!
"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.”
|Indiana University Cinema||Bloomington||IN||1538366400October 1, 2018|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Columbus||OH||1534478400August 17 - August 18, 2018|
|International House||Philadelphia||PA||1534478400August 17, 2018|
|Northwest Film Center||Portland||OR||1534132800August 13, 2018|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||15316272007/15, 7/22|
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||1531454400July 13, 2018|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||15303312006/30, 7/3|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||15289488006/14, 6/17|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1528603200June 10, 2018|
|UCLA / Melnitz Movies||Los Angeles||CA||1528430400June 8, 2018|
|Museum of Fine Arts, Boston||Boston||MA||15278256006/1, 6/6, 6/8, 6/13-14|
|Museum of the Moving Image||Astoria||NY||1527220800May 25 - May 27, 2018|
|Ragtag Cinema||Columbia||MO||1525060800April 30, 2018|
|Indie Memphis||Memphis||TN||1524024000April 18, 2018|
|Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers||Yonkers||NY||1523419200April 11, 2018|
|Metrograph||New York||NY||1522382400March 30 - April 19, 2018|
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