Re: Robert Kramer and John Douglas' MILESTONES tour summer 2009

From: Chuck Kleinhans (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Dec 19 2008 - 09:36:32 PST



White punks on revolution in MILESTONES

by Michelle Citron, Chuck Kleinhans and Julia Lesage...from Jump Cut,
no. 10-11, 1976, pp. 8-9

MILESTONES is an overlong, three-and-one-half-hour, low-budget color
film directed in a Cassevetes acting style in which actors of varying
ability play both their scripted role and themselves. Taking into
account the low budget, the film is technically unpolished but often
cinematically audacious and fascinating. Taking into account the
filmmakers’ explicit intent of making a left film about the left, the
film is politically uneven, inept, and often wrong and stupid.


Milestones in others’ words

by Bill Horrigan, from Jump Cut, no. 10-11, 1976, pp. 9-10

Judging from the comparatively scant attention paid to MILESTONES in
this country, one might be surprised to learn of the extensive
coverage it received in France following its Cannes showing last year.


Robert Kramer and John Douglas interviewed

“Reclaiming our past, reclaiming our beginning“ by G. Roy Levin

from Jump Cut, no. 10-11, 1976, pp. 6-8

My interview with Robert Kramer and John Douglas took place at the
Cannes Film Festival, May 17, 1975. We talked about their film,
MILESTONES, which was shown there as part of the Critics’ Fortnight


Interview with Robert Kramer
Filming in the fist of the revolution

by Thomas Brom

from Jump Cut, no. 12/13, 1976, pp. 29-30
copyright Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 1976, 2004

The following interview with Robert Kramer took place on December 9,
1975. Kramer directed ICE and co-directed MILESTONES (review and
interview in JUMP CUT 10/11).

On Dec 18, 2008, at 1:25 PM, Adam Sekuler wrote:

> Fellow programmers,
> Once again I'm working on touring a film throughout the US and
> Canada. This time I'm working with Capricci films in Europe on
> touring a newly restored 35mm print of Robert Kramer and John
> Douglas' MILESTONES, an heroic complex, and deeply moving
> masterpiece of the 1970s. MILESTONES captures the vast American
> landscape and more than 50 people who had been involved in
> political protests at a time when America searched for identity in
> the wake of the Vietnam War and the country's incipient
> conservative turn. Everything from nudism to organic farming to
> radical politics are practiced on local levels, while many of the
> film's subjects are constantly on the move, never quite comfortable
> where they are. This powerful, affecting lament for a generation
> whose aspirations never coalesced into a workable politics or
> lifestyle offers a fascinating comparison to the new political
> activism that has begun to appear all over the U.S. The New York
> Times' A.O. Scott remarked of the work “I have the sense that any
> attempt to grasp the essence of the '60s will have to pass through
> Milestones, as sad and compassionate a movie as I have ever seen.”
> My hope is to kick off the tour in the summer of 2009.
> If you're interested in being a part of this tour, let me know.
> Best regards,
> Adam
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