Beyond Spike: NYC Black Independent Cinema

English Event with AAS Co-Sponsorship
April 5, 2016 5:00 PM
McCormick 101
English Event with AAS Co-Sponsorship
April 5, 2016 5:00 PM
McCormick 101
A Screening of Kathleen Collin's LOSING GROUND (1982) and Ronald K. Gray's TRANSMAGNIFICAN DAMBAMUALITY (1976)
Intersections Working Group, Amy Heller, Dennis Doros, Ronald K. Gray, and aas21

A screening of Kathleen Collins’s LOSING GROUND and Ronald K. Gray’s TRANSMAGNIFICAN DAMBAMUALITY

The screening will be followed by Q&A with Amy Heller, Dennis Doros and Ronald K. Gray.

Join us for a screening and celebration of black independent cinema in New York City. Spike Lee got his start there in the 1980s, but he was only one of many talented artists who were part of the scene. The Intersections Working Group at Princeton, In collaboration with Milestone Films, is proud to present rarely screened work “beyond Spike.” Kathleen Collins’s feature LOSING GROUND (1982) tells the story of a marriage between a philosophy professor and a conceptual artist who must wrestle with their commitments in life and to each other. The film is preceded by Ronald K. Gray’s experimental short TRANSMAGNIFICAN DAMBAMUALITY (1976). After the screening there will be a Q&A with director Ronald K. Gray and Milestone Films’ Amy Heller and Dennis Doros.

Free and open to the public.



About Milestone Films

Milestone was started in 1990 by Amy Heller and Dennis Doros out of their New York City one-room apartment and has since gained an international reputation for releasing classic cinema masterpieces, groundbreaking documentaries and American independent features. Thanks to the company’s work in rediscovering and releasing important films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache, Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles, Lionel Rogosin’s On the Bowery, Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba, Marcel Ophuls’s The Sorrow and the Pity, the Mariposa Film Group’s Word is Out, Shirley Clarke’s The Connection and Ornette: Made in America, Milestone has long occupied a position as one of the country’s most influential independent distributors.

In 1995, Milestone received the first Special Archival Award from the National Society of Film Critics for its restoration and release of I Am Cuba. Manohla Dargis, then at the LA Weekly, chose Milestone as the 1999 “Indie Distributor of the Year.” In 2004, the National Society of Film Critics again awarded Milestone with a Film Heritage award. That same year the International Film Seminars presented the company its prestigious Leo Award and the New York Film Critics Circle voted a Special Award “in honor of 15 years of restoring classic films.” In November 2007, Milestone was awarded the Fort Lee Film Commission’s first Lewis Selznick Award for contributions to film history. Milestone/Milliarium won Best Rediscovery from the Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards for its release of Winter Soldier in 2006 and again in 2010 for The Exiles.

In January 2008, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose to give its first Legacy of Cinema Award to Dennis Doros and Amy Heller of Milestone Film & Video “for their tireless efforts on behalf of film restoration and preservation.” And in March 2008, Milestone became an Anthology Film Archive’s Film Preservation honoree. In 2009, Dennis Doros was elected as one of the Directors of the Board of the Association of the Moving Image Archivists and established the organization’s press office in 2010.

In 2011, Milestone was the first distributor ever chosen for two Film Heritage Awards in the same year by the National Society of Film Critics for the release of On the Bowery and Word is Out. The American Library Association also selected Word is Out for their Notable Videos for Adult, the first classic film ever so chosen.

In December 2012, Milestone became the first-ever two-time winner of the prestigious New York Film Critics’ Circle’s Special Award, this time for its work in restoring, preserving and distributing the films of iconoclast director Shirley Clarke.

Important contemporary artists who have co-presented Milestone restorations include Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Barbara Kopple, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Thelma Schoonmaker, Jonathan Demme, Dustin Hoffman, Charles Burnett and Sherman Alexie.

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