Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett

3 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...

  • Hollywood Shuffle

    Episode 3

    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...