Three programs of archivally restored films reveal the personal and creative life of Shirley Clarke, whom Dennis Doros, Co-owner Milestone Films calls “one of the 20th century’s best, but least known, film directors." In gathering these films, Milestone Films worked with archivists at MoMA, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the Academy Film Archive; Shirley’s daughter Wendy Clarke; D. A. and Frazier Pennebaker; and Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.
1962. USA. Directed by Shirley Clarke. With Warren Finnerty and William Redfield. For her first feature film, Clarke restaged a controversial off-Broadway play-within-a- play by Jack Gelber that portrayed a group of drug addicts, some jazz musicians, waiting in a New York loft for their connection, with Beat-inspired dialogue and a jazz score by pianist Freddie Redd. Clarke re-envisioned the character of Jim Dunn, as a young filmmaker out to document the "scene." A hit at Cannes, the film was banned by U.S. government censors for indecent language. 110 min.