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The Killing Floor

The Killing Floor

The Killing Floor

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1984 / 118min / Digital

DIRECTOR: BILL DUKE

CAST: DAMIEN LEAKE, MOSES GUNN, CLARENCE FELDER, ALFRE WOODARD, DENNIS FARINA

Free Screening, seating will be first come, first serve.

Duke honed his directorial skills by working extensively in episodic television before directing the first production of a planned PBS drama series on the history of American workers, which premiered on American Playhouse. Based on a story by Executive Producer Elsa Rassbach and a screenplay by Obie-Award-winning playwright Leslie Lee, this wrenching drama of the first Great Migration generation stars Damien Leake and Moses Gunn as two friends set at odds in World War I-era Chicago when one chooses to join an interracial union. The sheer excellence of Duke’s directorial accomplishment, distilling a sprawling history of class and race in America into distinctly human-scale vessels, garnered The Killing Floor an invitation to Cannes and an award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1985.

Screening as a part of Bill Duke.