98 Minutes • R • No Passes


Lark Theater Wed, Jul 24, 2019 7:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Concert Movie
No Passes
Release Year:1973
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mel Stuart
Cast:Richard Pryor, Albert King, Jesse Jackson, Issac Hayes, The Bar-Kays, The Staple Singers, and more!




A recording of a historic moment, Wattstax has considerable value.

Seattle Times



In 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, director Mel Stuart captures the performances of the Watts Summer Festival. Organized by Stax Records, the festival is a gathering of musicians and entertainers from the black community, brought together to remember the Watts Riots from seven years prior. Key performances include those of comedian Richard Pryor, and singers Isaac Hayes and Luther Ingram. Stuart also presents shots of the Watts streets and community along with the festival footage.




 A remarkably penetrating documentary.

Washington Post