Charles Burnett discusses KILLER OF SHEEP
April 6, 2012
Legendary American independent filmmaker Charles Burnett serves as the ‘godfather’ for this first edition of the GHETT’OUT FILM FESTIVAL and we kick off with this, his first feature film. Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse and his personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences that could destroy him and his family. KILLER OF SHEEP (1979) dir Charles Burnett w/Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore [83 min] The GHETT'OUT FILM FESTIVAL takes place April 5-8 in Boston at the Brattle Theatre and area universities before moving to the BAM Cinematek in New York City. The GHETT’OUT FILM FESTIVAL presents independent artistic and original filmmakers working on the fringes of the French production-distribution system. These filmmakers work with small budgets that limit the visibility of their films – if they are able to get them released at all – to small alternative movie houses. Often self-taught, belonging to minority groups, living in the heart of a multi-ethnic French population and generally coming from lower class neighborhoods, these filmmakers are not the egalitarian ethnic quota but are, in fact, the leaders of a new New Wave. As in Gil Scott-Heron’s song Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues – which gave the festival its name – this event intends to take the films out of the social and cultural distribution network ghetto to which they were consigned. The festival will bring to light independent films which probe the world and the society in which we live with a humane and political awareness. Visit http://ghettoutfilms.com/ or http://brattlefilm.org/ for additional information.