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Warming by the Devil's Fire by Charles BurnettThe Blues Film Screenings + Discussions

February 1, 2017  ·  Harold Prince Theatre


Our African Roots, American Voices season-long focus on the blues includes four free film screenings from The Blues™ series, each with a post-show discussion. Originally aired on PBS and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Blues™ consists of several films that capture the essence of the blues and explore its profound influence on music and people the world over.

In Warming by the Devil's Fire, director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother's Wedding, To Sleep with Anger) presents a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in the 1950s, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues.

Stay after the screening for a discussion with Louis Massiah, Executive Director of the Scribe Video Center, and Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at Penn.

Run Time: 89 minutes (film) + 30 minutes (post-show discussion)

This event is FREE! Registration is requested, but seating is first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee you a seat and tickets will not be issued.

Upcoming The Blues Film Screening + Discussion:
3/1 Red, White & Blues // Directed by Mike Figgis


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This event is co-presented with Penn's Cinema and Media Studies Department.
Line-up subject to change.
Photo credit: Michel Verlinden