ShowDiasporic Music
Broadcast TitleInterviews with film maker Charles Burnett and actor and producer Billy Woodberry; Musical salute to Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr.
Broadcast Date2013-01-27
Record Date2013-01-27

Jalali interviews Mississippi native Charles Burnett, a film producer and director, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer. His most popular films include Killer of Sheep (1977), My Brother's Wedding (1983), To Sleep with Anger (1990), The Glass Shield (1994), and Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007). Burnett has been involved in other types of motion pictures including shorts, documentaries, a TV series and made-for-television movies, including Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding (1998).

Born in Dallas, Texas, Billy Woodberry is an independent filmmaker who has taught at the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. His feature film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) is an essential work of Los Angeles cinema, informed by Woodberry's familiarity with Italian neo-realism and the work of filmmakers in Cuba, Brazil, India and Africa. It won the Interfilm ecumenical jury award at the Berlin Film festival. Woodberry has appeared in Charles Burnett's When It Rains (1995) and provided narration for Thom Andersen's Red Hollywood (1996) and James Benning's Four Corners (1998). Woodberry's two-hour video, The Architect, the Ants, and the Bees, was part of "Facing the Music," a 2004 group exhibition, video and multimedia installation at the REDCAT gallery documenting the building of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the transformation of downtown Los Angeles. His work has screened at the Camera Austria Symposium, Harvard Film Archive, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Museum of Modern Art. Woodberry also works at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Musical salute to Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. (June 20, 1928 - June 29, 1964). Dolphy made his contribution to jazz music as a multi-instrumentalist. Dolphy was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists. He worked closely with John William Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton and other jazz greats.

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