November 17, 2016
Charles Burnett made Killer of Sheep (1978) with less than $10,000.

The film tells the story of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the mid-1970s. Stan's job at a slaughterhouse is taking a toll. He is frustrated by money problems. But he still finds moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife in the living room, holding his daughter.

The Library of Congress considers this film a national treasure and the National Society of Film Critics considers it one of the “100 Essential Films” of all time.

Killer of Sheep brings together a directorial style that is indebted to the work of Federico Fellini, a filmmaker much admired by David Hammons, as well as the realities of Watts, where Hammons lived in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This screening is following by a rare in-person appearance by the director himself, in conversation with art historian Jacqueline Francis, Associate Professor at CCA. This event is co-presented with San Francisco Cinematheque.

This is the third event in our year-long season about and around the work of David Hammons.

Screening begins at 7:15 pm

A conversation between Director Charles Burnett and Prof. Jacqueline Francis follows the screening

Space is limited

Charles Burnett, "Killer of Sheep," 1978 (film still)
Charles Burnett, "Killer of Sheep," 1978 (film still)