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The Lost Films of Kathleen Collins: U.S. Theatrical Premiere at the IU Cinema

To mark the recent restoration of Kathleen Collins’s rarely seen feature films, the Black Film Center/Archive is co-sponsoring a special screening of Losing Ground and The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy; this is the U.S. theatrical premiere of both restorations.  The double header will show tonight, Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm at the IU Cinema.  Prof. LaMonda Horton-Stallings, who wrote a critical essay on Losing Ground for Black Camera in 2011, will lead a Q+A session at the conclusion of the screening.

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Sara (played by Seret Scott) in Losing Ground (1982)

Collins was a truly multi-talented woman.  In addition to independently producing, writing and directing films, she also had extensive experience as a film editor.   Moreover, Collins wrote plays, helped to create the film studies program at City College of New York, studied literature, film and philosophy in Paris at the Sorbonne, and translated for Cahiers du Cinéma.  Sadly, in 1988 she passed away from cancer at the relatively young age of 46.

BFC/A founder Phyllis Klotman invited Collins to IU a few times in the early 1980s.  Collins presented Losing Ground in 1983, and later returned to campus to teach a seminar on film production and film aesthetics.  In a fascinating interview conducted by Klotman, Collins revealed her fiercely independent spirit, seen here in her reasoning for turning down a lucrative job as a producer at a major TV network:

…I did consciously turn that job down.  I did say that I don’t really feel that whatever creative work that is going to come out of me will come out successfully if I have to work off other people’s formulas…[E]ven if I made that decision [to accept the TV network job], I might presumably be producing…television drama, [but] I don’t think I would have ever gotten the chance to direct at all; I would have never gotten the chance to write my own scripts.  I don’t think that other avenues would have been open to do any of the films I’ve done at all.  I don’t think anyone would have bought those ideas and said, “This is terrific!”  And so to that degree I consider it a necessity that I do it independently.  And I can’t imagine ever veering from that.*

In addition to the aforementioned interview, the BFC/A holds a number of significant research and archival materials related to Collins, including a 16mm print of Losing Ground and a video-recording of Collins interviewed by a local Indiana PBS show.  Of particular note is the John Williams collection.  Williams, film scholar and former publicist for the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, recently donated copies of Collins’s written work (essays, scripts and translations), reviews and film festival program notes–amongst other research materials.

“The Lost Films of Kathleen Collins” is part of the “New Restorations from Milestone Films” series at the IU Cinema.  Friday evening will feature the newly-restored print of Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason at 6:30 pm.  Dennis Doros, president of Milestone Films, will give the Jorgensen Lecture earlier on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Losing Ground

The entire series is sponsored by the BFC/A, the Department of Communication and Culture, UNDERGROUND Film Series, IU Libraries Film Archives and IU Cinema.

More about Kathleen Collins:

Black Film Review’s special tribute to Collins

John Williams’s Cineaste essay on Collins and Julie Dash

New York Times obituary

* This quote is taken from a transcribed interview between Kathleen Collins and Phyllis Klotman that is part of the BFC/A’s research materials on Collins.

~ Nzingha Kendall

TONIGHT @ the BFC/A: Jordache A. Ellapen’s cane/cain

Following its premiere at this year’s Durban International Film Festival and a screening at San Francisco’s 3rd i South Asian Film Festival, Jordache A. Ellapen will present cane/cain at the BFC/A tonight at 7:30.  The post-screening discussion will be moderated by LaMonda Horton-Stallings from the Gender Studies department.

Join us beforehand at 6:30.  Pick up a 30th anniversary t-shirt and meet BFC/A staff members.  We’ll also be showing recent experimental shorts from our collection.

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Black Camera Spring 2011: Beyond Normative: Sexuality and Eroticism in Black Film, Cinema, and Video

The Spring 2011 edition of Black Camera has arrived and is an especially important version which the Black Film Center/Archive hopes can reach film scholars as well as professors seeking to incorporate these readings into their curriculum.

This issue featured Guest Editor Dr. LaMonda Horton Stallings, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies, and delves into the topic of sexuality and eroticism in Black film, cinema, and video.

In this issue, Stallings states, “all the writers within this special issue of Black Camera diverge from traditional scholarship on black film and challenge what film genres are worthy of study, as well as redefine what is sexual, sensual, and erotic on film” in order to go beyond the traditional normative Black sexuality.

Direct questions about subscriptions to Indiana University Press (1-800-842-6796) or IUP Order.


Editor’s Notes 1

Call for Special Issue Submissions

Precious and the Novel Push (Suzette Spencer and Carlos Miranda, guest editors) 4
Afrosurrealism in Film/Video (Terri Simone Francis, guest editor) 6


Hyenas in the Enchanted Brothel: “The Naked Truth” in Djibril Diop Mambéty 8

Greg Thomas

“Let It Go Black”: Desire and the Erotic Subject in the Films of Bill Gunn 26

Marlo D. David

“Redemptive Softness”: Interiority, Intellect, and Black Women’s Ecstasy in Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground 47

L.H. Stallings

All the Sad Young Men: Whiteness as Melancholic Haunting in Black Queer Independent Film 63

Samuel Park

The “Top” of the Heap: Race, Manhood, and Legitimation in My Life in Porn: The Bobby Blake Story 80

Terry Rowden

Our Stories Have Never Been Told: Preliminary Thoughts on Black Lesbian Cultural Production as Historiography in The Watermelon Woman 100

Matt Richardson

Variant Sexualities and African Modernity in Joseph Gaye Ramaka’s Karmen Geї 114

Babacar M’Baye


From a Real Place and Real People: Interview with Mississippi Damned Writer/Director Tina Mabry 130

Marlon Rachquel Moore

Africultures Dossier

African Film’s Meaningful Body 138

Olivier Barlet

Poster Gallery: Coming Attractions 146

Book Reviews

Andrea Barnwell and Valerie Cassel Oliver, eds., Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists
and the Moving Image Since 1970 155

Phyllis Lynne Burns

Film Reviews

Kareem Mortimer, Children of God 159

Angelique V. Nixon

Dennis Dortch, A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy 162

Dolores V. Sisco

Archival News    164
Professional Notes and Research Resources    165
Notes on Contributors    171
Call for Submissions    174

An Evening with Cauleen Smith: March 23 at 7pm

BFC/A Friday Screenings Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Please join the Black Film Center/Archive in celebrating Women’s History Month.

*Sisters In Cinema* (2003, 62 min, dir: Yvonne Welbon)
Friday, March 11, 2011 – 2:00 pm
Yvonne Welbon’s groundbreaking documentary creates a strong visual history of the contributions of African-American women to the film industry. Sisters in Cinema traces the careers of inspiring African American women filmmakers from the 20th century.

*Sisters of the Screen: African Women in Cinema* (2002, 61 minutes, dir: Beti Ellerson)
March 25, 2011 – 2:00 pm
Exploring the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora, Beti Ellerson’s engaging debut features interviews with acclaimed women directors. With power and nuance, Ellerson also confronts the thorny question of cultural authenticity.

*An Evening with Cauleen Smith*
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 7:00 pm
Following a critically-acclaimed solo show at The Kitchen in New York City, award-winning filmmaker Cauleen Smith will present a selection of her recent film and video work.  The screening will be followed by a conversation with Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings (African American & African Diaspora Studies & Gender Studies).

**This event is sponsored by an IU New Perspectives Grant and is presented by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.**

All the above events will take place at the Black Film Center/Archive, located in the sub-level of Wells Library, Room 044, adjacent to the Media Reserves Desk.

For further questions, please contact bfca@indiana.edu.