`Killer' Classic

Maryland Film Festival lands the underground masterpiece `Sheep,' which moviegoers flocked to last weekend

April 11, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The film that scored the biggest per-screen average in New York and Los Angeles last weekend ($15,864) wasn't Meet the Robinsons ($4,866) or Blades of Glory ($6,604). It was a 30-year-old underground classic about life in Los Angeles' Watts community in the mid-1970s: Killer of Sheep, the debut feature of Charles Burnett, who began the project as a graduate student.

The Maryland Film Festival, which announces its schedule today, will give the movie, legendary among cineastes, its local premiere in May. The festival's guest programmer, Lodge Kerrigan, the director of Keane (2004) and Clean, Shaven (1994), chose this soaring yet gritty urban lyric -- which was only released in theaters for the first time last month.

If you go For details about festival scheduling, tickets and prices, go to www.mdfilmfest.com.

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