Directed by Kathleen Collins

Directed by Kathleen Collins

3 Episodes

Trailblazing independent filmmaker Kathleen Collins was just forty-six at the time of her sudden death, but she left behind a rich legacy as a writer, academic, and filmmaker. This program presents her masterpiece LOSING GROUND, a perceptive portrait of a marriage at a crossroads, alongside the short feature THE CRUZ BROTHERS AND MISS MALLOY. Taken together, these landmark works reveal a talent of unique vision and intelligence whose films offer sophisticated takes on racial and gender politics as well as philosophical insights on love and creativity.

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Directed by Kathleen Collins
  • Losing Ground

    Episode 1

    Directed by Kathleen Collins • 1982 • United States
    Starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones

    One of the first feature films directed by an African American woman, Kathleen Collins’s LOSING GROUND tells the story of a marriage between two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives...

  • The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

    Episode 2

    Directed by Kathleen Collins • 1980 • United States
    Starring Lionel Pina, Randy Ruiz, Carlos Tatia

    The first of only two films directed by trailblazing independent filmmaker Kathleen Collins is a luminous adaptation of a series of Henry H. Roth short stories about the relationship that develops ...

  • Kathleen Collins Interview

    Episode 3

    In this 1982 interview, a production of the Afro-American Studies program at Indiana University, director Kathleen Collins discusses her films and the philosophical approach to the medium that she teaches to her students.