TELL IT LIKE IT IS: Black Independents in New York, 1968–1986 should provide a nice walk down memory lane for some of us older folk, while giving younger film buffs the chance to see what was going on back then. This 25-program series includes certain landmarks of black cinema -- two of Spike Lee's early films; Bill Gunn's ahead-of-its-time vampire tale, Ganja and Hess (of which, if you've only see the original studio-released Jack-the-Ripper cut, you've not seen the real thing); and the famous interview with James Baldwin (shown above) found in I Heard It Through the Grapevine -- while also offering a lot of films and people of which even TrustMovies has not been aware. So take a look at the entire program by clicking here, and then make plans.
LOSING GROUND, an evidently "lost" film which has now been rediscovered and is being given its first theatrical release since its creation 33 years ago. Another of those rediscovered movies brought to us by the ever-more-necessary distributor Milestone Films, this one, unfortunately, proves a real dud. One of the first feature films to be written and directed by a black woman, Kathleen Collins, below, who died prematurely at the age of 46, the movie certainly has some worthwhile themes, among them, the search for genuine feeling and experience (termed "ecstasy" by the screenwriter) by a closed-off philosophy professor, even as her successful artist husband is growing involved with an enchanting new woman.
Seret Scott and Bill Gunn, as the wife and husband (shown three photos above); with Maritza Rivera (two photos above) as the attractive neighbor; Billie Allen (above, left) as Scott's actress/mother (she and Ms Scott share the film's most believable scene, where some actual "behavior" sneaks in); and Duane Jones (below) as an actor with whom Scott ends up doing a student film.
Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater and shows there or at its Francesca Beale Theater through Thursday, February 12. Click here for more information.