The 9th in the ongoing series of the Chicago screenings
of the L.A. Rebellion touring film
series, will continue on Saturday May
25th with a screening of filmmaker Billy Woodberry’s powerful and poignant 1984 feature film, Bless Their Little Hearts.
Clearly inspired by the work of Charles Burnett and Italian post-World
War II neo-realist films of Vittorio De
Sica and Roberto Rossellini, the
film deals with an African-American family struggling to survive and find its
way through the cruel and dehumanizing conditions of South Central Los Angeles.
And, of course, Woodberry himself will be present for the
And along with Hearts, there will be a screening of a new
print of his short film The Pocketbook, made
the same year as Hearts, and based on a short story by Langston Hughes, in which a young
boy comes to a self-realization about the course of his life after a failed
attempt to steal a woman purse.
The screening starts at 7PM and will take place at the Logan
Center for the Arts on the University
of Chicago campus located at 915 E. 60th St.
University professor and curator of the L.A. Rebellion film series,
Jacqueline Stewart, will introduce
the films and conduct a Q&A with Woodberry afterward.
As I’ve said before, and I’m saying it again, the L.A.
Rebellion series has been a rousing success with packed audiences (and thank you to everyone who packed the house
to see Daughters of the Dust this
past Tuesday) and, no doubt, the screening of Hearts is going to be popular
Attendance is FREE but you have to RSVP for tickets HERE.