Collins’ film, which she wrote and directed, follows a trapped philosophy professor (Seret Scott) whose artist husband sells a piece to a major museum, subsequently entering into an affair while the couple tries to navigate their increasingly tense relationship. At its core a story about creative exploration and existential longing for true experience within the twin contexts of marriage and the postmodern world, Losing Ground is credited as the first feature directed by an African American woman and a key entry into the new American cinema of the 1980s. “The clothes the characters wear, how they talk and what they talk about, the grainy texture of the images and the weariness of the world they capture — all of these emerge from a time capsule devoted to an era that doesn’t quite have a name. But partly because those images have remained unseen for so long, and partly because Ms. Collins, who died in 1988, was such a bold and idiosyncratic filmmaker, Losing Ground also feels like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
Restoration supervised by Nina Lorez Collins, digital transfer by DuArt Labs, sound transfer by FotoKem, DCP by DI Factory, Warsaw. Thanks to Terri Francis, Ann Horton-Line, Brian Meacham and the Yale Film Study Center.