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Bless Their Little Hearts (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)
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So much of the masculine identity, for better or worse, is tied up in careers. When it comes to "the measure of a man," few yardsticks are as unforgiving as the means with which a breadwinner provides for his family. To not have a job, as we see in Billy Woodberry's 1983 film Bless Their Little Hearts, is to stare into the void, second-guessing your own worth as insecurity gnaws away at you. Scripted (and shot) by Charles Burnett, Bless Their Little Hearts stars Nate Hardman as a Watts resident in search of a job to keep his wife (Kaycee Moore) and three children afloat. The Library of Congress announced in 2013 that it had been selected for the National Film Registry. This screening comes in the middle of three in UW Cinematheque's look back at Burnett's work, which culminates with a Distinguished Lecture Series visit from Burnett himself next Thursday, followed by a presentation of his To Sleep With Anger the following day, which he will introduce in person. —Chris Lay

Earlier Event: September 15
Strand Of Oaks, Dessa, Fever Marlene (free)
Later Event: September 15
Prism Music & Arts Festival