‘Wattstax’ kicks off H’wood Film Festival

Pryor, Hayes to present IDA Mentorship Award to Wolper

The 1973 documentary “Wattstax” will serve as the curtain raiser for the third Hollywood Film Festival on Aug. 4 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater. An exploration of urban black America in the years following the Watts riots coupled with the music of Stax Records artists, the David L. Wolper production features commentary from Richard Pryor.

The evening, sponsored by the Intl. Documentary Assn., will include the presentation of the IDA Mentorship Award, which Wolper will receive from Pryor and Isaac Hayes, who appeared in the film. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the IDA’s media literacy program and feature live performances from Stax alums and the First AME Choir.

“From the beginning, we were very committed to having a strong documentary program,” said Hollywood fest founder Carlos de Abreu. “The IDA has truly been instrumental in raising the level of nonfiction entries. And they’ve put together a wonderful evening that celebrates the past and the present.”

In the next week the festival will announce its competition slate, which will include five feature docus from the U.S. and Europe.

Information on the event is available by contacting the Hollywood Film Fest at (310) 288-1882.

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