Killer of Sheep

80 mins.
Directed by Charles Burnett

Playing through October 1.

  • Ticket price: $12 for vieiwing within a 2-day period.
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

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In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, Stan, employed at a slaughterhouse, is suffering from the emotional side effects of his bloody occupation to such a degree that his entire life unhinges.

Like director Charles Burnett's other films, KILLER OF SHEEP focuses on everyday life in Black communities in a manner rarely seen in American cinema — combining lyrical elements with a starkly neorealist, documentary-style approach that chronicles the unfolding story with depth and riveting simplicity.

The film has been declared a national treasure by the Library of Congress and was among the first 50 films placed on the National Film Registry.

We're thrilled to present KILLER IN SHEEP in Virtual Cinema 13 years after hosting director Charles Burnett in person during the 2007 theatrical release of the film.

"Shot in Watts in the early ’70s and completed in 1977, the film was Mr. Burnett’s M.F.A. thesis project and never meant for a commercial release. He operated the 16-millimeter camera himself, edited the black-and-white images into a visual poem and added the ballads, the jazz and the moody blues that seep into your head like smoke. The result is an American masterpiece, independent to the bone." Manohla Dargis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!