Wattstax: The Special 2k Restoration

Sadly, Wattstax is the concert film that time forgot, while we uphold other rock documentaries like Woodstock and Monterey Pop in the canon of definitive music festival films of a generation. But how does a film that chronicles the 1972 Watts Summer Festival at the LA Coliseum on the seventh anniversary of the Watts Riots get overlooked, especially when it features such stunning, earth-shattering performances by classic soul artists from the golden age of Stax records? Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, The Emotions and more, with voice-over interludes by Richard Pryor and appearances by Melvin Van Peebles and Reverend Jesse Jackson. The Frida Cinema presents a 2K restorative print of this epic motion picture, so you'll be able to witness all these performances in all its updated glory.

June 5-11, 2015

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