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Milestone Raising $50K via Kickstarter for Academy's Restoration of Shirley Clarke's Seminal LGBT Doc 'Portrait of Jason'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2012 at 1:21PM

Independent distribution company Milestone has launched a Kickstarter campaign to aid the Academy Film Archive's costly restoration of filmmaker Shirley Clarke's seminal 1967 documentary "Portrait of Jason," one of the first openly frank LGBT films in existence.
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"Portrait of Jason"
Milestone Films "Portrait of Jason"

Independent distribution company Milestone has launched a Kickstarter campaign to aid the Academy Film Archive's costly restoration of filmmaker Shirley Clarke's seminal 1967 documentary "Portrait of Jason," one of the first openly frank LGBT films in existence. 

The verité-style film follows a black, gay hustler, and was so progressive for its time that it was quickly shelved into obscurity. The original film elements have been lost for nearly a half-century. Now, as the Academy's restoration team works to bring Clarke's film back to its original glory, Milestone is looking to raise $50K to aid the project.

Milestone is a homegrown company comprised of only two employees, husband-and-wife founders Dennis Doros and Amy Heller. They are seeking the help of film lovers, LGBT activists, historians and anyone interested in protecting this unique cultural document.

A side-by-side comparison of the in-process restoration of "Portrait of Jason," and Milestone's Kickstarter video below:

This article is related to: News, Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Milestone Films, Classics, Kickstarter


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.