'Wattstax' - Film Screening Presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors - David Rubenstein Atrium
61 W. 62nd Street - 212-875-5456
Manhattan, NY 10023
Description: "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," says the opening song, and "Wattstax," the dynamic film of the 1972 Los Angeles event attended by more than 100,000 concertgoers and first billed as the "black Woodstock," will getcha plenty. Its performances burn with vitality. Its forays into the neighborhood are a time capsule of pride and pain. And the Richard Pryor comedy riffs that provide the film's running commentary are a treasure all by themselves. The film includes live performances by Isaac Hayes, the Staples Singers, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, the Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, Little Milton, Luther Ingram, and other artists of the Stax family, and intros by emcee, a young Jesse Jackson.