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SHOUT OUT SAUGERTIES AND SAUGERTIES FILMMAKER KATIE COKINOS PRESENT NIGHTJOHN , A FILM BY CHARLES BURNETT FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH BURNETT. TUESDAY, MAY 8th, COMMUNITY ROOM, SAUGERTIES PUBLIC LIBRARY, 6PM, FREE.

Charles Burnett’s insightful films about African American life and culture have distinguished him internationally and critically as a leading filmmaker. His well-known film, Killer of Sheep, about working class African Americans in California, has been hailed by the New York Times as “a masterpiece.”

In November 2017, Burnett received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his body of work, which offers a rich exploration of African American culture and history.

Nightjohn, called a “powerful and soul stirring drama” is a 90 minute, family film about a slave who dares to teach his fellow slaves to read. It stars Beau Bridges, Lorraine Toussaint, and Carl Lumbly.

Presently, Charles Burnett is a visiting professor at Bard University.

Shout Out Saugerties, a program of the town of Saugerties, brings together artists and humanists in creative endeavors to nurture and advance a healthy, economically vital community.​