UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Hollywood Shuffle (w/ Robert Townsend in person + a live set by Busdriver w/ the Underground Railroad!)

Followed by a live set by Busdriver w/ the Underground Railroad!

A hilarious but exacting dig at our—yes, our—Tinseltown’s long history of racism, Hollywood Shuffle is the controversial comedic satire responsible for rocketing Robert Townsend (star, director, writer) into notoriety. Still as relevant as during its 1987 release, the film hitches an absurd ride on the shoulders of Townsend’s working actor Bobby Taylor, whose quest for that elusive life-altering role is continually pursued by the haunting specter of black stereotypes, shown in Bobby’s dysphoric yet uproarious fantasies of fame, and the inane oppression of distracted, racist casting directors. Like Bobby, Townsend himself went through the ringer to make this film (on a measly budget), and eventually brought to fruition through sheer perseverance and a whole lot of elbow grease. Co-written by Keenen Ivory Wayans and featuring some of the best of 80s TV screens (Helen Martin from Good Times, Anne-Marie Johnson from What’s Happening Now!! and In Living Color), Hollywood Shuffle is THE bootstrap cinema of the 80s.

Dir. Robert Townsend, 1987, 35mm, 78 min.

Watch the trailer!