Personal Problems

Personal Problems

3 Episodes

Directed by Bill Gunn • 1980 • United States
Starring Vertamae Grosvenor, Walter Cotton, Jim Wright

Bill Gunn’s follow-up to his underground landmark GANJA & HESS was the result of an extraordinary collaboration with renowned writer Ishmael Reed, who described the project as a “meta–soap opera” and “a look at the triteness of everyday life in Black middle-class America.” Focusing on the troubled marriage of a New York City couple and the various crises that befall those around them, PERSONAL PROBLEMS was originally intended to air on public television in 1980, after which it virtually disappeared for decades. A new restoration of the film—presented here in two volumes as Gunn intended—affirms its place as one of the major achievements of American independent cinema.

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Personal Problems
  • PERSONAL PROBLEMS: Volume 1

    Episode 1

    Directed by Bill Gunn • 1980 • United States
    Starring Vertamae Grosvenor, Walter Cotton, Jim Wright

    Bill Gunn’s follow-up to his underground landmark GANJA & HESS was the result of an extraordinary collaboration with renowned writer Ishmael Reed, who described the project as a “meta–soap opera” ...

  • PERSONAL PROBLEMS: Volume 2

    Episode 2

    Directed by Bill Gunn • 1980 • United States
    Starring Vertamae Grosvenor, Walter Cotton, Jim Wright

    Bill Gunn’s follow-up to his underground landmark GANJA & HESS was the result of an extraordinary collaboration with renowned writer Ishmael Reed, who described the project as a “meta–soap opera” ...

  • Bill Gunn Interview

    Episode 3

    This wide-ranging interview with director Bill Gunn was conducted in 1983.

    Interview conducted by Phyllis R. Klotman, courtesy of Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated...