Losing Ground

Series: Feminist March

This is part of Feminist March 2019

In partnership with the Hollywood Theatre’s Feminist March programming, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Fest (POW Film Fest) is proud to present Kathleen Collins’ lost masterwork LOSING GROUND! As part of the 2019 POW Film Fest, this special screening will be followed by a Q & A with the director’s daughter, author Nina Collins.

LOSING GROUND, written and directed by Kathleen Collins, centers on the experiences of Sara (Seret Scott), a university professor whose artist husband Victor (Bill Gunn) rents a country house for a month to celebrate a recent museum sale. The couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated as Sara struggles to research the philosophical and religious meaning of ecstatic experience... and to discover it for herself. Filmed in 1981, completed in 1982, and scarcely shown at the time, LOSING GROUND was only recently rediscovered and given its much belated theatrical release. It reveals Collins to be one of the most accomplished and original filmmakers of her time. She was among the few black women to make a dramatic feature in the eighties, but she died, of breast cancer, in 1988, at the age of forty-six, without making another.'

Watch the trailer for LOSING GROUND here.

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About Kathleen Collins:

Born in 1942, raised in Jersey City, and educated at Skidmore and the Sorbonne, Kathy Collins was an activist with SNCC during the Civil Rights Movement who went on to carve out a career for herself as a playwright and filmmaker during a time when black women were rarely seen in those roles. She was married twice, and had two children who she raised in Piermont, New York. She died young, at age 46, from breast cancer. Her most known work is the film LOSING GROUND, followed perhaps by two plays, In the Midnight Hour, and The Brothers. Two books of her writing were post-humorously published: Notes From a Black Woman's Diary (2019) and Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? (2016) both released by Ecco Press.

About Nina Collins:

Nina Collins was a teenager when her mother died. Almost 25 years later, she rescued her mother’s original negatives and created beautiful new digital masters so that they now stand as monuments to African-American and women’s cinema as well as testament to Kathleen Collins’ incredible talent. She edited books on her mother's writings with the recently published Notes From a Black Woman's Diary, released in February 2019 as well as Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? released in 2016. She wrote the book and runs the website and movement The Woolfer, an idea based on the question of What Would Virginia Woolf Do? The Woolfer is a sisterhood of literary-minded feminists over 40 who offer each other support, resources, inspiration, and humor in a realm private from our everyday lives of work and family.

Kathleen Collins
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