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25th Anniversary of Milestone Films
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25th Anniversary of Milestone Films

Milestone Films, an independent distribution company with an international reputation for releasing classic cinema masterpieces, ground-breaking documentaries and independent films, was founded by Amy Heller and Dennis Doros in New York City in 1990. The company, which now operates out of Harrington Park, N.J., has received support from such luminaries as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. In 1995 Milestone received the first Special Archival Award from the National Society of Film Critics for the restoration and release of I Am Cuba (1964), a Soviet-Cuban film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov.

To celebrate Milestone's 25th anniversary, TCM presents five of the company's outstanding films including I Am Cuba, which offers a study of the island as it prepared to make the transition to a post-revolutionary society. In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914), a silent film by Edward S. Curtis, offers a fictional look at natives of the Central Coast of British Columbia. Kent MacKenzie's The Exiles (1961) chronicles a day in the life of Native Americans who left reservation life to live in Los Angeles of the 1950s.

Shirley Clarke's The Connection (1962) is a highly praised adaptation of the play by Jack Gelber about a filmmaker attempting to film drug addicts who are waiting to buy heroin from a dealer. Lionel Rogosin's Come Back, Africa (1959) blends fictional film and documentary in its look at the struggles of black South Africans as they face the brutalities of apartheid and organized crime.
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