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Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager
Feb 09, 2021
The 7th annual Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration is coming soon to a device near you! Details of the complete program, streaming Thursday, February 25–Friday, March 5, will be available here shortly. In the meantime, take a look at trailers for a couple of the featured programs. We're excited to share pristine versions of classic film from the US, Iran, and Italy, as well as conversations with filmmakers and film preservation experts and an evening devoted to the practice of restoring vintage video games.
One of the first feature films written and directed by an African American woman, Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground from 1982 features Seret Scott and Bill Gunn in a portrait of a marriage at a crossroads. The film, which was named to the Library of Congress’s prestigious National Film Registry in December, will stream starting February 25 as part of a day of programs spotlighting the work of Indiana University Bloomington's Black Film Center/Archive.
Artist and filmmaker Ja'Tovia Gary uses animated scratches and markings over vintage and contemporary film—including a performance by actress/activist Ruby Dee and footage from a Black Lives Matter protest—to create, in her words, "a meditative invocation on transcendence as a means of restoration.” This 2015 short will be presented in a double feature package with Losing Ground, and Gary will join Black Film Center/Archive Director Terri Francis for a conversation about their respective work.
Suppressed upon release, banned during the Iranian Revolution, and thought lost for three decades, Mohammad Reza Aslani's aristocratic family drama Chess of the Wind (also known as The Chess Game of the Wind) was miraculously rediscovered in 2015 and smuggled out of Iran for a full restoration by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. A panel discussion will accompany the Cinema Revival stream, which begins February 27. Here's a terrific fan trailer.
Top of page: Billie Allen and Seret Scott in Losing Ground; image courtesy of Milestone Films
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