Today, at the Brooks screens Killer of Sheep at 2 p.m.
Burnett was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1944, but he was raised in a neighborhood of other black Southern transplants in Los Angeles. He shot Killer of Sheep on weekends around his parents' Watts home on a $10,000 budget with a cast almost entirely composed of non-actors. As an example of American independent cinema in its homemade origins, it may be rivaled only by the likes of Kenneth Anger's Fireworks, John Cassavetes' Shadows, and David Lynch's Eraserhead.
Read the entire Flyer review here.
The road film, starring Norah Jones and Jude Law, was shot partially in Memphis and is Wong Kar Wai's first English-language feature.