Best Video Film & Cultural Center is presenting a film series that highlights up-and-coming and historically unrecognized women behind the camera. Raizine Bruton and Jules Larson, of BVFCC staff, have curated as their first installment of the series “Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmaking,” three films that display the significance of women’s direction and leadership on the movie set. How the women have led these projects, what stories are told, and especially how they’re told, matter.
Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.
After screening “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” on Mar. 8, the second film in the series is “Losing Ground” (1982, dramedy, dir. by Kathleen Collins).
Kathleen Collins was the first Black American woman to direct a full-length feature film since the 1920’s. Though it was completed in 1982, there was no theatrical release until Collins’ daughter, Nina, rescued the original 16mm print from then-liquidating DuArt film processing lab in 2010. The film screened on restored 16mm, receiving rave and prestigious reviews for what has been called in Seattle-based weekly, The Stranger, from their A.E. Charles Mudede, “one of the most important and original American films of the second half of the 20th century.”
This will be an indoors event with the following covid protocols in place:
• 35 attendees max
• proof of vaccination required
• masks required (they can be lowered to take drinks or eat popcorn but should be raised back up when done)
Remaining schedule for the series:
Tues., March 15, 730 PM: “Losing Ground” (1982, comedy/drama, dir. by Kathleen Collins)
Tues, March 22 730 PM: “Variety” (1983, neo-noir, feminist sexploitation, dir. by Bette Gordon)