4th Annual Blackstar Film Festival
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME from that listed in IHP's Summer Magazine & Program Guide
Directed by Kathleen Collins
USA, 1982, 86 min.
At the time of her death in 1988, Kathleen Collins was just 46 years old, but she was already an internationally renowned playwright, a popular professor (at New York’s City College) and a successful independent filmmaker. Losing Ground, her second film, tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy. Funny, brilliant and personal, Losing Ground never got the distribution or recognition it should have. Now, 25 years after her mother’s death, Nina Collins has created a beautiful new digital master of her mother’s film. One of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art.
Presented in partnership with Film @ International House