33 Years Overdue, A Comic Drama of Marriage Ignored By the Media

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Seret Scott and Bill Gunn in <em>Losing Ground</em>

Kathleen Collins was a seasoned activist who traveled to the Congo and worked as civil rights organizer in the South. She was also an internationally renowned playwright, an esteemed professor at New York’s City College, and a fiercely independent filmmaker. Her 1982 comic drama, “Losing Ground” explores the marriage of a black philosophy professor and her artist husband at a moment of crisis, and liberation. Created at a time when black professionals were never seen in mainstream media, the film was not released theatrically. Collins died in 1988 at the age of 46, and twenty-five years after her mother’s death, Nina Collins restored the original 16mm negatives. She will present the film Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Walter Reade Theater, along with the star of the film Seret Scott and cinematographer, Ronald K. Gray.