Past Film/Video | Series & Festivals

Wattstax

(Mel Stuart, 1973)

MOVED INDOORS DUE TO WEATHER

35MM Print!

Opening band: The Liquid Crystal Project | 8 PM

This landmark concert film captures the eponymous 1972 concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, organized by Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 1965 riots in LA’s Watts neighborhood. Wattstax features amazing performances by The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, The Bar-Kays, and other great R&B and soul artists, as well as comedy from a prestardom Richard Pryor! (103 mins., 35mm)

Image of a soul music group performing on stage

The Bar-Kays, Wattstax, image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Image of Mavis Staple singing in an arena

Mavis Staple of The Staple Singers, Wattstax, image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

 

LEAD SUPPORT FOR WEX DRIVE-IN

Kaufman Development

 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR WEX DRIVE-IN

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR WEX DRIVE-IN

Ace of Cups

Columbus Blues Alliance

Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Mikey’s Late Night Slice

Elizabeth's Records

Radio 614

 

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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