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Personal Problems

Personal Problems

1980 / 165min / DCP

DIRECTOR: BILL GUNN

CAST: VERTAMAE GROSVENOR, WALTER COTTON, ISHMAEL REED, MIZAN KIRBY, SAM L. WAYMON

Bill Gunn, actor, screenwriter, novelist, and the director of art-horror classic Ganja & Hess (1973), teamed with writer Ishmael Reed and producer Steve Cannon to produce what Reed has called a “meta-soap opera,” an exceptional, rough-edged ensemble piece exploring black working class lives in New York City with candor and emotional intensity, featuring a who’s who of major artists including Walter Cotton, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, Jim Wright, and Sam Waymon, with music by Carman Moore, and cinematography by Robert Polidori. Rarely shown and, when screened, seen in a mutilated cut hampered by the poor quality of available materials, it appears for the first time in a full-length version which, as restored by Kino Lorber from the original camera tapes, is nothing short of a revelation.

A Kino Lorber release