Personal Problems

One night only: Monday, April 30 at 7pm. Advance tickets on sale now at our box office and online.

From his surreal vampire masterpiece Ganja & Hess to his sharp screenplay for Hal Ashby's debut The Landlord, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and actor Bill Gunn created brilliant, radical art throughout his career. Unfortunately, much of his work — including 1970's Stop!, an X-rated film about a foursome that was funded and then shelved by Warner Bros. — remains undistributed. For one night only, Ragtag is thrilled to present Kino Lorber's brand new restoration of his long-lost micro-budget project Personal Problems, an experimental, meta-soap opera from 1980 that explores black working class lives in New York City. Among the most idiosyncratic projects to ever grace our screen, this inventive, shape-shifting gem focuses on a Harlem-based nurse's aide (Vertamae Grosvenor) as she begins an affair with a charming musician (Sam L. Waymon). Written by Ishmael Reed (Mumbo Jumbo).

"Embodies the spirit of independent film. Bill Gunn is one of the most under-appreciated filmmakers of his time." (Spike Lee)