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Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:52:42 EDT
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Rediscovered Film Classic THE EXILES now available on DVD with Public 
Performance Rights to Universities, Libraries and Other Cultural Organizations

Milestone Films is delighted to announce that Kent Mackenzie's great Native 
American film THE EXILES is now available for purchase on public performance 
DVD. This astonishing film chronicling one night in the lives of a group of 
young Native Americans in Los Angeles was restored to 35mm by UCLA and had its 
first ever theatrical premiere this month at New York's IFC Center! Presented 
jointly by film great Charles Burnett and the American Indian writer Sherman 
Alexie, the film follows a group of exiles - transplants from Southwest 
reservations - as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. THE EXILES has never 
before been released in theaters or on home video and the restored version (a 
high-definition transfer from the 35mm interpositive) now looks and sounds 

You can join our efforts to celebrate the restoration and rediscovery of this 
extraordinary film. We are now offering THE EXILES for institutional DVD sale 
to cultural and educational institutions with on-site public performance 
rights for $300 plus $5 for shipping and handling. The DVD cannot be sold to some 
institutions until after the theatrical playdate in their city. The home dvd 
release will be in 2009.

Milestone accepts purchase orders, credit cards and institutional checks.

To find out more about THE EXILES, read the reviews and see the trailer
go to

"The restoration and long-delayed commercial release of 'THE EXILES,' a 1961 
film about a largely forgotten corner of that deceptively bright city, is 
nothing less than a welcome act of defiant remembrance." - Manohla Dargis, New 
York Times

"Mackenzie's sparkling, moody black-and-white images of what might be called 
the Native American Diaspora... depict a classic American story of aspiration 
and tragedy. It is beautiful and devastating." - Armond White, New York Press

"Kent Mackenzie's THE EXILES is haunted by absence. The nonprofessional 
performers are suddenly present again, telling their stories and acting out their 
daily lives. The bars, shops and tenements of Bunker Hill have once more sprung 
into view, in glistening, nocturnal, black-and-white cinematography. It's as 
if someone had done a ghost dance and it worked, just a little-enough to turn 
your sigh into a gasp of amazement." - Stuart Klawans, The Nation

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video / PO Box 128 / Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117 / Fax: (201) 767-3035
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