|My Brother's Wedding|
In the late seventies and eighties, Charles Burnett and a very few others brought us the new Black Independent Cinema. Burnett's Killer of Sheep (1977) and My Brother's Wedding both present knowing portraits of Watts families, and in both, Burnett's immersion in the ironies and complexities of his subject defies the restrictions of incredibly small budgets. My Brother's Wedding focuses on Pierce Monday (Everett Silas), whose love-hate relationship with the black community, while given an entirely personal portrayal, seems to encompass the burdens of a generation. Angry over his lower-middle-class status, angrier still at those who would have him seek affluence, he finds himself suddenly alone at the age of thirty, all of his friends having been imprisoned or killed, and his brother bound for an upwardly mobile life with his bride-to-be.For this special tribute we are pleased to premiere our new print, recently acquired in conjunction with PFA's preservation of this film. We would like to thank the National Endowment for the Arts, Charles Burnett, Deluxe Hollywood, and Film Technology.
• Written, Photographed by Burnett. With Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes, Gaye Shannon-Burnett, Ronnie Bell. (115 mins, Color, 35mm, PFA Collection, permission Charles Burnett Productions)