Kathleen Collins – American Film Institute
Losing Ground Film Still - Seret Scott and Bill Gunn

LOSING GROUND (1982) – AFI Movie Club

LOSING GROUND (1982), a semi-autobiographical film from writer, director and producer Kathleen Collins, follows a philosophy professor and her flamboyant artist husband who are having a marital crisis – and is also one of the first narrative features directed by a Black woman. The film took its long-overdue place in the cultural pantheon in 2015...

Dr. Racquel Gates on Curating the Cinema’s Legacy Section for AFI FEST Presented by Audi

As lists of anti-racist movies by Black filmmakers were circulating fast and furiously in the wake of this summer’s racial reckoning, Dr. Racquel Gates, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY and author of “Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture,” was struck by the inadequacy of…
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