Kathleen Collins will receive the icon’s posthumous tribute at the Gotham Awards


Kathleen Collins will posthumously receive the inaugural Icon Tribute at the Gotham Awards 2021 ceremony. A press release announced that the event will honor the poet, playwright, writer, director, director, civil rights activist and educator. Nina Lorez Collins will accept the award on behalf of her mother.

The honor was conceived as a way “to call attention to the audacity, artistry and impact of a director from a marginalized community whose work has not previously been recognized by the organization in its previous 30 years. “.

An activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement, Collins was one of the first black American women to produce a feature film. The director and playwright is best known for her 1982 film “Losing Ground”. His plays included “In the Midnight Hour” and “The Brothers”. He died in 1988.

“Kathleen Collins lived an inspiring life worthy of a film. She fought for civil rights, then she fought for the opportunity to tell powerful stories about people of color, “said Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of the Gotham Film & Media Institute. a series of systematic obstacles to telling stories that defied stereotypes and presented nuanced representations of marginalized communities. It is an honor to recognize this talented and dedicated person who never received the appreciation he deserved. “

The Gotham Awards are set for November 29th. As previously announced, this year’s other honorees include “The Power of the Dog” director Jane Campion and “Spencer” star Kristen Stewart. The former will receive the director’s homage and the second a Tribute Performer. “The Lost Daughter”, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s portrait of motherhood based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, and “Passing”, Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of Nella Larsen’s novel about black women living on opposite sides of the color line, lead in nominations.


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