Turner Classic Movies has teamed up with Milestone Film & Video to brings viewers an entire evening dedicated to Milestone’s 25th Anniversary. Radio and TV personality Ben Mankiewicz will host the night, which will include exclusive interviews with Dennis Doros and Amy Heller, the couple who run Milestone Film Company.
Since its creation in 1990, Heller and Doros have received critical acclaim for releasing a mixture of timeless classics, newly released foreign films, innovative animation and investigative documentaries along with independent works. With the aim of “rediscovery, restoration, and release of ‘forgotten’ films by and about people traditionally outside the mainstream of Hollywood Cinema, including the work of black, gay, and women filmmakers,” according to a statement, Milestone has attempted to reach all audiences by distributing both print and digital copies of films. For the traditional backbone of TCM, the night’s event honouring Milestone’s 25th anniversary certainly broadens its exposure.
Milestone’s restoration accomplishments include the rediscovery and distribution of Charles Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep,” Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco and His Brothers,” Kathleen Colins’ “Losing Ground,” the Mariposa Film Group’s “World is Out” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Boy Voyage and Adventure Malgache.” A series of Shirley Clarke’s films were also distributed after being restored for a laborious seven years.
Audiences who tuned into the BFI London Film Festival this year will also recognise Milestone’s name from their first-ever film production, Ross Lipman’s “Not Film,” which premiered in October of this year.
TCM airs its tribute to Milestone on November 12, beginning at 8pm.