SKU: 738329231590
Bill Gunn

This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby's The Landlord. Originally intended to air on public television in 1980, it went unseen for many years; the original tapes have been carefully restored by Kino Lorber and the film is now available in its full-length version for the first time in decades!



  • New HD restoration, reconstructed from the original 3/4” U-matic camera tapes, with remastered audio
  • Previously unseen preliminary version, directed by Bill Gunn in 1979 (39 Min.)
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Original six-part radio drama (1977)
  • Interviews with creators Ishmael Reed, Steve Cannon, and actor Sam Waymon
  • “Improvisation Jamming,” an essay by Nicholas Forster on the production and release of the film
  • Q&A footage from the restoration premiere (2018)
  • Theatrical trailer
Price: $14.99