Friday, November 11 at 9pm | Unseen in nearly 45 years, the long-lost, independently financed Black urban crime/action film SOLOMON KING was shot in Oakland, CA in 1973 with a cast of mostly non-professional actors, killer Soul-Funk soundtrack and incredible clothes from Sal Watts’s own Mr. Sal’s Fashion stores. The film was restored with the full cooperation and support of the filmmaker’s widow Belinda Burton-Watts, utilized the only surviving complete print of the film from the collection of the UCLA Film & TV Archive, and the original 35mm soundtrack elements (which had been stored in Burton-Watts’s closet for several decades). Preceded by the short film A LITTLE CLOSURE (dir. Xavier Burgin, 13 min) and followed by a pre-recorded interview with Belinda Burton-Watts. Preceded by A LITTLE CLOSURE.

A LITTLE CLOSER 2021 / dir. Xavier Burgin / USA / 14 min. / In English / Format: Digital
A man returns from the afterlife, and with a little help from his best friend, finds closure with his fiancé.

Black Harvest Film Festival: Chicago’s annual showcase for films that celebrate, explore and share the Black, African American and African Diaspora experience. The Festival curates both short and feature length films, proudly presenting influential auteurs and emerging filmmakers of color side by side. View full festival lineup.

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