Sog.: Charles Burnett. Mus.: Stephen James Taylor. Int.: Ayuko Babu, Florence Bracy, Kenny Merritt, Juno Lewis, Charles Bracy, Brittany Bracy, Soul, Billy Woodberry. Prod.: Chantal Bernheim per Leapfrog Production · DCP. Col.
This beautifully inflected 12-minute jazz fable by Charles Burnett is close to the feeling of Killer of Sheep (1978), his first feature, though the poetic narration represents a real departure. This is one of those rare movies in which jazz forms directly influence film narrative: set in Los Angeles, the slender plot involves a good Samaritan trying to raise money from ghetto neighbors for a young mother who’s about to be evicted, and each person he goes to see registers like a separate solo chorus in a 12-bar blues.
Ehsan Khoshbakht and