Film

Personal Problems

June 1–14, 2018

Directed by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980, 165 min.). Digital.

This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble "meta-soap opera" 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, this self-reflexive exploration of African American life in Harlem went unseen for decades; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber, and the film is now available in its full-length version for the very first time.

Bill Gunn fans will also want to check out his 1973 experimental horror film Ganja & Hess, screening June 13. 

Co-presented with the Roxbury International Film Festival.

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Past Events

Film

June 1, 2018
4:30 pm–7:20 pm

Directed by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980, 165 min.). Digital.

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June 6, 2018
6:30 pm–9:15 pm

Directed by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980, 165 min.). Digital.

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June 8, 2018
4:30 pm–7:20 pm

Directed by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980, 165 min.). Digital.

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June 13, 2018
4:30 pm–7:20 pm

Directed by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980, 165 min.). Digital.

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June 14, 2018
4:30 pm–7:20 pm

Directed by Bill Gunn (USA, 1980, 165 min.). Digital.