My Brother’s Wedding
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Dir. Charles Burnett. 1983/2007, 82 mins. Director’s cut. Digital projection. With Everette Silas, Jessie Holmes, Gaye Shannon-Burnett. Pulled in opposite directions by loyalty to family and friends, Pierce Mundy (Silas) feels suspended in place. Recently laid off from his factory job, he marks time working at his family’s dry cleaning store under the watchful eye of his mother (Holmes). In the face of a diminished future, the return of Pierce’s best friend, Soldier, holds out the hope of a nostalgic escape to childhood. After a troubled production, My Brother’s Wedding premiered in 1984 but wasn’t released theatrically until 1991. The 2007 director’s cut, 30 minutes shorter, reflects Burnett’s original intentions.
A Little Off Mark
Dir. Robert Wheaton. 1986, 9 mins. Digital projection. With Peter Parros, Lee Daniels. Writer-director Wheaton’s story of a shy guy trying all the wrong moves to meet the right girl rides high on its romantic sensibility.
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