Milestone Films Library of 150+ titles now to be exclusively distributed worldwide by Kino Lorber

New York, June 3, 2021 -- Kino Lorber and Milestone Films announce that the two companies have signed a multi-year strategic distribution and acquisition agreement. Kino Lorber will have exclusive domestic and international distribution rights to Milestone’s library and all its future restorations and acquisitions under the “Milestone Films in association with Kino Lorber” banner.

Milestone, founded in 1990 in New York City by husband-and-wife partners Dennis Doros and Amy Heller, has an international reputation for restoring and distributing cinema classics, groundbreaking documentaries, and rediscovered independent films by women, African Americans, LGBTQ+, and filmmakers from over diverse communities. Milestone Films has been widely acclaimed for its groundbreaking work in film restoration — rediscovering, preserving and releasing many otherwise lost or long-overlooked films. Milestone has worked with the Academy Film Archive to restore and preserve on Shirley Clarke's Portrait of Jason; with Ross Lipman and the UCLA Film Archive  on Killer of Sheep, The Exiles, and Word Is Out;  with Amsterdam’s Eye Filmmuseum on Beyond the Rocks, Shoes, and Filibus; with the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Say Amen, Somebody; and independently with Metropolis Post on the 4K restoration of Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba. Doros is currently the president of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and credits that organization with helping foster the friendships and connections that have made many of Milestone’s restoration projects possible.

Notable titles that Kino Lorber will relaunch for repertory cinema reissue, on all suitable digital platforms, for educational distribution and many on home video with new Blu-ray HD presentations, include such cinema masterworks as Lionel Rogosin’s On the Bowery and Come Back Africa, Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles, Kathleen Collins’ Losing Ground, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Mystery of Picasso, Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and his Brothers, George Nierenberg’s Say Amen, Somebody; Lois Weber’s Shoes, Marcel Ophuls’ The Sorrow and the Pity, and ground-breaking LGBTQ+ documentaries by Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, including Paragraph 175 and the Oscar-winning Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt.  

Heller said, “We started Milestone Films shortly after our wedding in 1990 and for the last 31 years the company has been a labor of love and marriage. Now, we look forward to a new and happy union with our friends at Kino Lorber. We feel sure that, as in any good partnership, both parties complement and strengthen one another. The crack team of distribution and marketing experts at Kino Lorber will get the films in the Milestone collection before new and larger audiences. And we look forward to continuing our efforts to rediscover, research, and restore films that have been lost or overlooked.”

Kino Lorber President and CEO Richard Lorber said, “The paths of Milestone and Kino have intertwined for many years, going back to our early days when Dennis was our head of nontheatrical sales and restorations and Amy worked for our now Zeitgeist partner Nancy Gerstman. It’s immensely gratifying to me that we can engage our business with these two true cinema heroes. Combining our resources, energies and vision with them in a new media era will assure the enduring value of their brilliant cinematic curation and find new audiences for their films through our broader distribution reach.”

About Kino Lorber

With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.

About Milestone Films

Milestone’s restoration and distribution efforts have received awards from the National Society of Film Critics (1995, 2003, 2008, and 2012), International Film Seminars (2004), New York Film Critics Circle (2004 and 2012), Fort Lee Film Commission (2007 and 2017), Los Angeles Film Critics Association (2007), Anthology Film Archives (2008), Ashland Independent Film Festival (2018), Denver Silent Film Festival (2019), and Art House Convergence (2019). Director Martin Scorsese has written about the company’s co-founders: “They care… and they love movies.”