A brand new digital restoration of Charles Burnett's 1978 groundbreaking film!
KILLER OF SHEEP
examines the black Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts in the mid-1970s through
the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb
from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.
by money problems, he finds respite in 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 film offers no solutions; it
merely presents life — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with
transcendent joy and gentle humor.
KILLER OF SHEEP was shot on
location in Watts in a series of weekends on a budget of less than
$10,000, most of which was grant money. Finished in 1977 and shown
sporadically, its reputation grew and grew until it won a prize at the
1981 Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, the Library of
Congress has declared it a national treasure as one of the first fifty
on the National Film Registry and the National Society of Film Critics
selected it as one of the "100 Essential Films" of all time.