The film of the season, if not the year, is a Southern California slice-of-life from 1977 that hasn't aged a day. Critics have long hailed Killer of Sheep, a stirring and sophisticated evocation of working-class Watts, as one of the great debuts in American cinema and a landmark of independent film. Shot for under $10,000 on 16mm over the course of a year, it was the thesis project of UCLA film school student Charles Burnett. Frequently described as a homegrown heir to Italian neorealism, Burnett is widely acclaimed as the greatest of all African-American filmmakers by people quite aware of Spike Lee. So why is it you've... More >>>