Friday, February 14 Killer of Sheep * 1978 / 80 min. / NR
African American director Charles Burnett made this film in “a year’s worth of weekends” while a UCLA film student in 1972 and 1973. The main character works long hours in a slaughterhouse, but the bulk of the film is a string of vignettes (some heart-lifting, some heartbreaking) that show a family’s life in Watts. The film finally received limited release in 2007, when Burnett was able to buy rights to the music he used in his soundtrack for $150,000. It had cost him just $10,000 to shoot the film itself. Many critics consider Killer of Sheep to be one of America’s greatest films.