IFC Center Pays Tribute to the 20th Anniversary Of an Essential Distributor, with 20-Program Retrospective Presented in the Theater's Ongoing "Weekend Classics" Series Weekends November 12, 2010 - March 27, 2011
"Milestone Films: 20 for 20," a celebration of the 20th anniversary of noted distributor Milestone Films, unfolds over 20 weekends from November 12, 2010 through March 27, 2011 at IFC Center as part of the theater's ongoing "Weekend Classics" program. The schedule for the first half of the series is below; the second half will be announced in late December.
Founded in 1990 by husband-and-wife team Dennis Doros and Amy Heller-both veterans of New York's independent distribution scene-Milestone boasts one of the richest and most varied catalogs of films ever assembled. Spanning virtually the entire history of cinema, from the early days of the 20th century through today, its collection includes works from such film legends as Alfred Hitchcock, Luchino Visconti, Ernst Lubitsch and Orson Welles, along with contemporary masters Jane Campion, Hirokazu Kore-eda, John Canemaker, Philip Haas and others. With extensive experience in film preservation and restoration, Milestone has rescued a number of orphaned films from limbo, collaborating with leading archives to restore "lost" movies to pristine condition and bring them to audiences for the first time. Among their most acclaimed recent projects are Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP, recipient of a 2007 Special Award from the New York Film Critics Circle, and Kent Mackenzie's THE EXILES, given a Special Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics in 2008, both of which had their long-awaited theatrical premieres at IFC Center.
In addition to those two films, the series offers a sampling of Milestone's essential work over the past 20 years, opening with Luchino Visconti's operatic ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS and continuing with Michael Powell's THE EDGE OF THE WORLD; Orson Welles's THE TRIAL with Anthony Perkins and Jeanne Moreau; Jane Campion's marvelous first feature, TWO FRIENDS; the groundbreaking animation of Lotte Reiniger's THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED; Mikhail Kalatozov's revolutionary fever-dream I AM CUBA and more.
"From the very first day, our mission was to discover movies that we truly love and to share them with our friends: the international film community. And for twenty years, the critics, the art houses, the archivists and the filmgoers have faithfully traveled with us on this wonderful journey. We never dreamed we would get this far and are very grateful for every step along the way." - Dennis Doros and Amy Heller, Milestone Films
Weekend Classics: "MILESTONE FILMS-20 FOR 20" w eekends through Mar. 27, 2011, at 11:00am
Nov 12-14 ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960, Luchino Visconti)
Nov 19-21 THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (1937, Michael Powell)
Nov 24-28 KILLER OF SHEEP (1977, Charles Burnett)
Dec 3-5 THE TRIAL (1962, Orson Welles)
Dec 10-12 THE WIDE BLUE ROAD (1957, Gillo Pontecorvo & Maleno Malenotti)
Dec 17-19 TWO FRIENDS (1986, Jane Campion)
Dec 23-26 BON VOYAGE and AVENTURE MALGACHE (1944, Alfred Hitchcock)
Dec 30-Jan 2 THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926, Lotte Reiniger)
Jan 7-9 THE EXILES and BUNKER HILL (1961 and 1956, Kent Mackenzie)
Jan 14-17 I AM CUBA (1964, Mikhail Kalatozov)