“Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure,” a film retrospective featured this month at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will include the Suffolk-affiliated documentary “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.” The film is the product of collaboration between Charles Burnett, a 2010 Suffolk Honorary Degree recipient, Dean Kenneth Greenberg, and Frank Christopher, a 2009 Visiting Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The three collaborators wrote the film, with Greenberg and Christopher acting as producers and Burnett as director. It was screened nationally on PBS in 2003 and has since shown in film venues across the world, including the Louvre in Paris.
From left: Dean Greenberg with Charles Burnett and Frank Christopher
The film analyzes Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion and its aftermath in American memory and explores many interpretations of the event, including William Styron’s controversial 1967 Pulitzer-Prize winning The Confessions of Nat Turner.
Charles Burnett is a MacArthur Award-winning director who critic Armond White called “the least well-known great American filmmaker.” The MOMA retrospective also includes Burnett’s major films Killer of Sheep, The Glass Shield, The Annihilation of Anger, To Sleep with Anger, Nightjohn, and more.
The retrospective is from April 6-25, 2011 at the MOMA with Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property screenings on:
Thursday, April 21, 2011 4:30pm, Theater 3, mezzanine, Education and Research Building
Sunday, April 24, 2011 5:30pm, Theater 1, T1
For a full calendar of events and tickets, visit http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1163#related_screenings.