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Kathleen Collins

Harriet Moore
Translation Rights Contact:
Sophia Hadjipateras
Other rights held by:
Heather Schroder at Compass Talent

Kathleen Collins made the feature film, LOSING GROUND, in 1982, and died a few years later at age 46 from breast cancer. It’s a sexy, intellectual film about a black philosophy professor and her Latino artist husband, and it was never released. Her daughter, Nina Collins, had the film restored a few years ago with the intention of preserving it for academia, and she struck a distribution deal with Milestone Films for that purpose. After languishing for a couple more years, Milestone arranged for the film to premiere at Lincoln Center as part of a film festival on NYC black independent film, and then everyone was astonished and delighted when the film met with tremendous, startling acclaim. The New Yorker called it a “lost masterwork;” A.O. Scott’s piece on the film took up the entire above-the-fold front page of the Arts section of The New York Times.  The film premiered at Lincoln Center, played for three sold out weeks, and has gone to play at  art houses  all over the country and will soon start playing abroad. It premiered on October 22 on cable channel TCM as part of a “Trailblazing Women Directors” series.

Kathleen Collins’ posthumous short story collection, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? was published in the US by Ecco in December 2016 and was followed by Granta in the UK in February 2017.