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Film Series : 25th Anniversary Black Harvest Film Festival

Devil's Pie—D'Angelo

2019, Carine Bijlsma, Netherlands, 84 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 23rd 6:30pm
  • Sat, Aug 24th 8:15pm

In 2001, with two smash albums under his belt and a frequently bared buff physique that sent female fans into a frenzy, neo-Soul singer/songwriter D'Angelo seemed poised for Prince-level superstardom. But it would be twelve years before he performed in public again and fourteen before he released another album. Centered on the Second Coming tour that accompanied the release of D'Angelo's acclaimed comeback album Black Messiah, this thoughtful documentary combines show-stopping performances with the singer's introspective reflections on the reasons behind his extended hiatus, including drug and alcohol abuse, misgivings over his hyper-sexualized image, and a lifelong struggle with his parents' disapproval (his father was a Pentecostal minister) of his immersion in "the devil's music." DCP digital. (MR)

Saturday, August 24: Director Carine Bijlsma will be present for post-screening discussion via Skype.

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