I want to thank filmmaker Ken Wyatt, the director of Colored Confederates: Myth or Matter of Fact (which we profiled HERE back in June) who told me a few days about the trailer for this 30 minute short film, King of the Bingo Game.
I’ve never seen the film before, let alone even heard of it, which is based on a 1944 short story written by the great African American writer Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man), and centers around a poor family man in Harlem who regularly goes to a bingo parlor in the hopes of winning a fortune to provide for his family.
The short was produced and directed by Elise Robertson, and stars Colman Domingo, currently one of the New York stage’s most acclaimed actors, and interestingly, in a small role as a “film noir female,” Anika Noni Rose, in what must have been her first film role.
The film was broadcast in 1999 on PBS’ American Storytellers series, and was later released on VHS, but hasn’t really been seen since then. To my knowledge, it was never shown on PBS again, nor has it been broadcast on cable TV or released on DVD.
Just looking at the trailer, it looks pretty interesting, and anything involving Ellison is always worth a look. If there’s anyone out there who’s seen it, tell us your opinions about it.
Here’s the trailer: