IU CINEMA: Personal Problems

  • October 1, 2018
  • IU Cinema
  • 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 856-2463
  • 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM
  • $4 IUB students, $7 non-students

Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, Personal Problems went unseen for many years. The ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration between pioneering Black artists, writer Ishmael Reed and director Bill Gunn. Operating in defiance of the racially exclusive Hollywood studio system, Reed and Gunn banded together with a group of renegade artists to film a “meta soap opera” about the struggles of a working class African American couple in New York City. The original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber, and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades. Gunn also wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and crafted the screenplay for Hal Ashby’s The Landlord.

IU CINEMA: Personal Problems