MOVIE MEETUP - LOSING GROUND 2/29 at PFS ROXY

TUNE IN THIS FRIDAY 2/26 at 11:30am TO REELBLACK RADIO ON THE MOJO ON 900AMWURD FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH LOSING GROUND CINEMATOGRAPHER RONALD K. GRAY.

One of the most exciting discoveries of last year was the restoration and re-release of the late KATHLEEN COLLINS’ 1982 feature LOSING GROUND by Milestone Films.

Collins is arguably the first African-American woman to direct a feature film (Her 54 minute Cruz Brothers and Mrs. Malloy was released in 1980, while Jessie Maple’s 80 minute WILL was released in 1981. Collins is certainly the first to direct two features).

LOSING GROUND screened earlier at the BlackStar Film Festival. The Philadelphia Film Society is bringing it back for a short run, Feb 26 - March 3. Let’s pledge to attend the Monday February 29th 7pm screening of the film. Afterwards we can go to Shake Shack up the street for food, discussion and giveaways.

EVENT is DUTCH TREAT. Tickets for the movie are $13.00 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at https://filmadelphia.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S1a00000Ee9SlEAJ

LOSING GROUND

KATHLEEN COLLINS / USA / 1982 / 86 MIN

Exploring romance and art amongst New York City intellectuals, this groundbreaking feature-length film, the first directed by an African American woman, is newly restored and in theaters for the first time.

Kathleen Collins’ LOSING GROUND is one of the most important titles in women’s filmmaking history that you’ve never seen. At the conclusion of her semester teaching, Sara (Seret Scott) travels upstate for two weeks with her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), to celebrate the purchase of his painting by a major museum in New York City. Victor is immediately taken by the “realness” of the colorful Puerto Rican community that inhabits the town and begins to question his own portfolio. His abandonment of the abstract in his work acts as a catalyst for the shifting desire and connection between the married couple. Simultaneously, while researching for a treatise on aesthetics, the “cold and analytical” Sara discovers a release when she agrees to act in one of her student’s avant-garde films. This stimulating, smart, and sexy film explores the plight of an intellectual couple at a crossroads: seeking independence while exploring the casted gender roles of the time. Twenty-five years after Collins’ death, her daughter, Nina, rescued the original negative and created a stunning digital master of her mother’s film, which never received a theatrical release. With charismatic leads, a lively jazz and Latin-centric soundtrack, and inspired script and direction, LOSING GROUND earns its place as a distinguished work in the history of American film.

Cast: Billie Allen, Gary Bolling, Clarence Branch Jr.

“Had it screened widely in its time, it would have marked film history.” -The New Yorker

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