by Jim Ridley
on Mon, Jun 4, 2007 at 12:25 PM
A huge coup for the International Black Film Festival of Nashville and the Belcourt: legendary director Charles Burnett will be here Friday to present his 1977 film Killer of Sheep, perhaps the year's most talked-about release to date. Rarely seen until its release this year by Milestone Films, sponsored by Steven Soderbergh, Burnett's drama about a Watts slaughterhouse worker is considered one of the great unheralded films of the 1970s. It was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress' National Film Registry alongside Citizen Kane, Casablanca and other key works of the American cinema.
Burnett will introduce the 7:50 p.m. screening Friday at the Belcourt, where the film starts a week's run. He'll also give a Q&A afterward. Tickets are $13 and go on sale today at the theater and online. Major props to Hazel Joyner-Smith at the Fisk Race Relations Institute, the IBFFN and the Belcourt for setting this up. In the meantime, check out this feature on Burnett and the film.