Director: Mel Stuart Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 1973
Starring: Isaac Hayes, Kim Weston, Melvin Van Peebles, Richard Pryor, Rufus Thomas
A Golden Globe nominee for Best Documentary, Wattstax was a 1972 benefit concert organized by legendary Black record label Stax Records to commemorate the 1965 riots in Watts, Los Angeles. Regarded in some circles as the “Black Woodstock”, this documentary is an unfiltered snapshot of the era, with Black voices discussing the issues of the day with unflinching honesty. It also featured a performance by Richard Pryor, and show stopping musical numbers in the genre of soul, gospel, R&B, blues, funk, and jazz from artists such as Isaac Hayes, The Staples Singers, and Johnnie Taylor. CineOdyssey presents the 50th Anniversary screening of this classic film.
*Preceded by Jah Smalls, Spoken Word artist and Nani Layilaa, Hip Hop artist
“Fannie”, a short film on the famed civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. Directed by award winning director Christine Swanson and starring Aunjanue Ellis.