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Losing Ground

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Rediscover the late African American filmmaker Kathleen Collins’s powerful debut feature Losing Ground. The restored 1982 classic tells the story of married couple Sara Rogers (Seret Scott) and Victor (Bill Gunn)—two successful individuals in their own fields, yet at a crossroads in their lives and relationship. Sara is a level-headed philosophy professor, who eventually grows tired and angry of her artist husband’s ongoing obsession with painting other women. Victor is a celebrated painter and has recently sold an artwork to a museum—elevating his career and securing his influence. Throughout the film, Sara questions her creative spirit, profession, and ultimately her marriage.

Film introduction by Kenneth Montague and post-screening discussion with Sarah-Tai Black exploring feminism and the inner workings of Black lives, to follow.

Sarah-Tai Black is a film programmer, arts curator, writer, and speaker. She is one of the Directors at The Royal Cinema where she programs Black Gold, a screening series dedicated to blackness onscreen and off. Sarah-Tai previously held the role of Programmer at Images Festival and has worked as part of TIFF's programming team. She has spoken about arts culture, film, and moving image arts in their many forms as a guest of the National Gallery of Canada and The Walrus, as well as with platforms such as Canadian Art and Huffington Post, and her writing has been published by several outlets, including The Globe and Mail, CBC Arts, Cinema Scope, and MUBI Notebook.

This free screening is presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects as part of associated programming for the exhibition “Handle with Care”, on view at The Gladstone Hotel between January 31 – February 29.

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“Astonishes with its assurance, subtlety, and style.”
Boston Globe
“[Navigates] Bergmanesque psychodrama and probing conversations on philosophy, race, and religion.”
Chicago Reader
“A bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality.”
New York Times
Directed by: Kathleen Collins
Featuring: Seret Scott Bill Gunn Duane Jones Billie Allen Maritza Rivera
Country: U.S.A. Year: 1982 Runtime: 86 mins Rating: STC