Losing Ground

Losing Ground

Left unreleased for over 30 years, the beguiling and magnetic Losing Ground cuts into the conflicting desires of art & intellectualism and marital relations with stunning nuance and insight. Brought to the screen by renowned playwright, writer, and professor Kathleen Collins, we follow Sarah (Seret Jones), a successful black philosophy professor seeking emotional and professional fulfillment (her “ecstasy”), as she navigates her fluctuating relationship with her artisanal and increasingly erratic husband Victor (Bill Gunn, Ganja & Hess).

As we delve more into the intimate worlds of their hopes and dreams, Collins probes their eclipsing desires for creative freedom with an inquisitive eye, expanding her canvas to a more expressive and free form tableaux, full of gorgeous swaths of secondary color and evocative mise-en-scène. Sarah’s flights of fancy collide with reality when she stars in a student’s thesis film based upon the “Frankie and Johnny” lovers’ myth. Life imitates art even when one thinks it’s the other way around.