Charles Burnett

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killer_of_sheep.jpgHe's one of America’s premier filmmakers and has devoted his career to bringing a nuanced portrayal of the African American experience to the screen. Writer-director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother's Wedding, American Family) describes what got him into the movies and how stereotypes is still a battle worth fighting.

Burnett discusses early life and how it molded him as a filmmaker; the DVD release of Killer of Sheep twenty years after he made it as his thesis film at UCLA; how the work of Fellini, Renoir and De Sica inspired him; and what it is like to be told that his stories aren't "black enough" by the film studios.

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