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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

February 19, 2018

Losing Ground

Film still: Losing Ground
"Had it screened widely in its time, it would have marked film history"
  —New Yorker
"Losing Ground also feels like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of reality... a puzzle and a marvel, eliciting wonder and provoking questions"
  —New York Times
"It exhibits a sensibility that's closer in spirit to the casually wise naturalism of Jean Renoir or Eric Rohmer than much in the American film canon"
  —Chicago Reader

Losing Ground is one of the first feature films written and directed by a black woman, and a groundbreaking romance exploring women's sexuality, modern marriage, and the life of artists and scholars. But most of all, it is a great film, one that firmly belongs in the canon of American independent cinema in the 1980s.

Sara (Seret Scott) is a philosophy professor and her husband Victor (Bill Gunn, writer and director of the legendary avant-garde horror film Ganja & Hess) is a painter, and with their personal and professional lives at a crossroads, they leave the city for the country, experiencing a reawakening, both together and separately. Often hilarious, the film follows its characters as they battle for ideals—artistic, political, racial, while unable to fully escape the everyday.

Never theatrically released in its time, this lyrical film by filmmaker and playwright Kathleen Collins offers a more complicated consideration of how women can reclaim relevance when men do not respect their pursuits as much as their own. It is a rarely-expressed view of Black feminine agency which makes for a refreshing, intimate take on a modern woman searching for the intellectual and creative output she finds most fulfilling.

Directed by Kathleen Collins, U.S.A., 1982, 86 mins.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or