About the film
A new documentary about Richard Pryor is paired with a classic Detroit-set film that co-starred the legendary comedian.
“I Am Richard Pryor” examines the life of the mercurial actor-comic through interviews with Pryor’s family, those who worked with him and the comedians he influenced. Volatile yet vulnerable, crass but sensitive, streetwise and cocky, Pryor did not simply tell stories, he brought them to life and was considered a trailblazer for generations of comics. The film explores his unusually personal art that was a window into a vulnerable soul as well as the endless struggle to extend dignity and equality to all.
In the 1978 crime drama “Blue Collar,” Pryor plays one of three Detroit auto plant workers who decide to steal from the safe of their union local, and in the process discover corruption among its officials. Also starring Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto, it’s the directorial debut of Paul Schrader, the Michigan–born writer-filmmaker who gained fame for penning movies like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” Michigan theatrical premiere for the documentary.