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Charles Burnett Talks Social Responsibility Of Filmmaking Before Bard Event

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Charles Burnett

The New York Times describes Charles Burnett as “the nation’s least-known great filmmaker and most gifted black director.” On Tuesday, he speaks with fellow filmmakers Julie Dash and Bradford Young at Bard College as a part of the school’s “Creative Process in Dialogue: Art and the Public Today” series. Burnett – director of films like Killer Of Sheep and The Glass Shield – was deeply involved in the UCLA film school’s L.A. Rebellion film movement, an explosion of African-American films from the 1960’s to the 1980’s addressing social issues. He spoke with WAMC about what role he feels film plays in contemporary American life.


Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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