Nov 9-13, 2017

Bless Their Little Hearts

WITH GUEST FILMMAKERS BILLY WOODBERRY AND AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU

Run Time: 80 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

Set in Los Angeles in the early 80’s, Woodberry’s seminal film shows the punishing toll irregular employment takes on family life and is a poetic examination of South Central’s battered, long-gone industrial landscape. Unemployed, depressed and running out of options for supporting his wife and three children, Charlie Banks (Nate Hardman) is just barely eking out a living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the early 1980s. His wife, Andais (Kaycee Moore), accuses him of irresponsibility and in delity. Woodberry’s moving film is a gut-wrenching depiction of a family trying to survive in an atmosphere of rapidly vanishing prospects.

On December 18, 2013, the Library of Congress announced that Bless Their Little Hearts had been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic importance.

Owusu’s Bus Nut (2015, 7 min.) re-articulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and its relationship to an educational video on school bus safety. Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu, more of whose films will be screened at Brasil’s The Brandon gallery on November 12, studied with Billy Woodberry at CalArts.

Set in Los Angeles in the early 80’s, Woodberry’s seminal film shows the punishing toll irregular employment takes on family life and is a poetic examination of South Central’s battered, long-gone industrial landscape. Unemployed, depressed and running out of options for supporting his wife and three children, Charlie Banks (Nate Hardman) is just barely eking out a living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the early 1980s. His wife, Andais (Kaycee Moore), accuses him of irresponsibility and in delity. Woodberry’s moving film is a gut-wrenching depiction of a family trying to survive in an atmosphere of rapidly vanishing prospects.

On December 18, 2013, the Library of Congress announced that Bless Their Little Hearts had been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic importance.

Owusu’s Bus Nut (2015, 7 min.) re-articulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and its relationship to an educational video on school bus safety. Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu, more of whose films will be screened at Brasil’s The Brandon gallery on November 12, studied with Billy Woodberry at CalArts.

Film Details

USA, 1984
DIRECTED BY BILLY WOODBERRY
WRITTEN BY CHARLES BURNETT
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY CHARLES BURNETT
EDITED BY BILLY WOODBERRY
MUSIC BY LITTLE ESTHER PHILLIPS, ARCHIE SHEPP
CAST: NATE HARDMAN, KAYCEE MOORE, ANGELA BURNETT
RUNNING TIME: 80 MINS

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