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
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers film and previously contributed to the OCW’s long-running fashion column, Trendzilla. Don’t ask her what her favorite movie is unless you want to hear her lengthy defense of Showgirls.