Friday, June 25
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Co-presented by Light Industry
This screening is presented as part of the The Films of Bill Gunn.
Losing Ground (1982) 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. While dealing with strong individuals and feelings, the film is also charming--Collins described it as a comedy about a young woman who takes herself too seriously.
One of the very first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground remains a stunning and powerful work of art. Accomplished actors Seret Scott (who appeared in Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby and Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf), Bill Gunn, and Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) star.
Losing Ground will be available online from Friday, June 25 – Thursday, July 1.
Special thanks to Thomas Beard and Ed Halter (Light Industry), and Jonathan Hertzberg (Kino Lorber).