This is Film! #2 Film Heritage Distribution
The second program of This Is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a public lecture series devoted to remarkable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage, focuses on Milestone Films, a distribution company devoted to restored films. Milestone’s President Amy Heller will discuss some of the projects she has worked on over the years in conversation with Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor Film Heritage at the UvA).
Amy Heller, alongside her husband Dennis Doros, started the film distribution company Milestone in 1990 out of their New York City one-room apartment. Since then Milestone has gained an international reputation for releasing classic cinema masterpieces, silent cinema restorations, ground-breaking documentaries, and American independent features.
Heller and Doros have supervised numerous restorations and, since 2007, they have focused on the worldwide distribution of restored films outside the Hollywood mainstream, featuring “lost” films by and about African Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ and women.
shirley clark, experimental filmmaker
One such film, A Portrait of Jason (1967) will be screened during this session of This is Film! This film was restored by Milestone in 2013 as part of the Shirley Project which focuses on restoring and distributing the work of American experimental and independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919-1997).