Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett

10 Episodes

Charles Burnett is an unsung master of American cinema who led the way for black independent filmmakers to tell their stories on-screen with poetic-realist revelations like KILLER OF SHEEP and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. In this installment of the Channel-exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers, Burnett joins another trailblazing African American director, Robert Townsend (HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE), for a stroll through the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles where Burnett grew up. As they visit key locations from his life and films, Burnett reflects on the impact the neighborhood has had on his art, the process of making his enormously influential films, and what it means for him to tell stories that center people of color.

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Charles Burnett
  • Meet the Filmmakers: Charles Burnett Trailer

    Episode 1

  • A Walk with Charles Burnett

    Episode 2

    Charles Burnett is an unsung master of American cinema who led the way for black independent filmmakers to tell their stories on-screen with poetic-realist revelations like KILLER OF SHEEP and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. In this installment of the Channel-exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers, Burnett jo...

  • Several Friends

    Episode 3

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1969 • United States

    Charles Burnett’s first film already displays the director’s neorealist, poetry-of-the-everyday style as it follows a group of friends over the course of an aimless day in Los Angeles.

    Limited engagement ends September 30

  • The Horse
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    Episode 4

    The Horse

    Episode 4

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1973 • United States

    A young boy keeps a horse company during its last moments of life in Charels Burnett’s spare, lyrical student film, which poignantly contrasts the callousness of adults with the empathy of children.

    Limited engagement ends September 30

  • My Brother's Wedding

    Episode 5

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1983 • United States
    Starring Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes, Gaye Shannon-Burnett

    Recut and restored twenty-five years after its ill-fated premiere, Charles Burnett’s second feature is an eye-opening revelation—wise, funny, heartbreaking, and timeless. Pierce Mund...

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    Episode 6

    Directed by Robert Townsend • 1987 • United States
    Starring Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans

    For this runaway success of urban guerrilla filmmaking, director Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans teamed up both as screenwriters and stars in what Janet Maslin of the “New York Times” call...

  • To Sleep with Anger

    Episode 7

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1990 • United States

    A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up...

  • When it Rains

    Episode 8

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1995 • United States

    Charles Burnett paints a jazz- and poetry-inflected portrait of African American community and resilience via the story of a mother who enlists a musician’s help when she is evicted on New Year’s Day.

    Limited engagement ends September 30

  • The Final Insult

    Episode 9

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1997 • United States

    Charles Burnett cannily blends documentary and dramatic action with this searing, savagely ironic tale of a bank employee reduced to living out of his car, in a character study that doubles as a compassionate portrait of Los Angeles’s homeless...

  • Quiet as Kept

    Episode 10

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 2007 • United States

    A squabble reveals the anxieties and generational differences within a New Orleans family displaced by Hurricane Katrina in this alternately comedic and casually profound video work.

    Limited engagement ends September 30