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

Crew
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!

Reviews

"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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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Indiana University Cinema Bloomington 1538366400October 1, 2018
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1534478400August 17 - August 18, 2018
International House Philadelphia 1534478400August 17, 2018
Northwest Film Center Portland 1534132800August 13, 2018
Austin Film Society Austin 15316272007/15, 7/22
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1531454400July 13, 2018
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 15303312006/30, 7/3
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 15289488006/14, 6/17
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
Museum of the Moving Image Astoria 1527220800May 25 - May 27, 2018
Ragtag Cinema Columbia 1525060800April 30, 2018
Indie Memphis Memphis 1524024000April 18, 2018
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1523419200April 11, 2018
Metrograph New York 1522382400March 30 - April 19, 2018


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