Immy Humes - Documentary Filmmaker
Milestone asked Immy to direct the Shirley documentary partly because it builds on her film Doc (95 mins; 2008). About Immy’s late father, HL “Doc” Humes, Doc is a stylistically original take on a literary “beautiful mind,” a personal and cultural tale of mental illness, politics, and creativity. It opened at Film Forum and aired nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens series, winning many rave reviews.
"Scientist, novelist, activist, inventor, filmmaker, architect, prophet, healer and madman Harold L. 'Doc' Humes was, by all accounts, an exhilarating, infuriating and terrifyingly brilliant man. His Oscar-nominated documentarian daughter Immy Humes has gathered testimonials from luminaries including Norman Mailer, William Styron and Timothy Leary, who experienced his erratic genius firsthand, and has skillfully interwoven them with archival footage into 'Doc.' Fascinating, wryly distanced docu…Casual footage from the era captures the excitement of liberation and the headiness of artistic ferment.... Immy imaginatively segues from unexpected angles, mapping out the complex historical, cultural and personal synapses that link the man to his times.... Tech credits are first-rate, including inventive editing and Zev Katz's jazz-laced score."
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety
“A fascinating portrait. Lovingly assembled…jam-packed with interviews with notable 20th-century cultural figures.”
— Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times
“The latest in a series of documentary films… made about an esteemed and estranged relative by one of the subject’s offspring. It is also one of the very best. Directed with tight, but understated control by Immy Humes… (Norman) Mailer is particularly eloquent about Humes’s larger-than-life personality and the ebbing and flowing sanity that went with it. Expert blending of period documentary footage… some of the most well-spoken talking heads ever assembled… tempered by the affecting tenderness of first-person emotional subjectivity… nothing short of inspiring… deliciously ironic… a fine film.”
— Bruce Bennett, The New York Sun
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— Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Milestone Films, started by Amy Heller and Dennis Doros in 1990 in their one-room NYC apartment, has gained an international reputation for releasing classic cinema masterpieces, groundbreaking documentaries and independent features. Thanks to their work rediscovering and releasing films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache, Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles, Lionel Rogosin’s On the Bowery, Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba, Marcel Ophuls’s The Sorrow and the Pity, the Mariposa Film Group’s Word is Out, and Shirley Clarke's The Connection and Ornette: Made in America, Milestone has become one of the country’s most influential independent distributors.
Milestone’s work has been recognized with a slew of awards. In 2013, the National Society of Film Critics awarded Milestone a Film Heritage Award for its ongoing work restoring, preserving and distributing the films of Shirley Clarke. This was the company’s sixth award from the NSFC. Milestone became the first-ever two-time winner of the prestigious New York Film Critics’ Circle’s Special Award in 2012 for its Shirley Clarke project. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave its first Legacy of Cinema Award to Dennis Doros and Amy Heller in 2008 “for their tireless efforts on behalf of film restoration and preservation.” Milestone was also an Anthology Film Archive’s Film Preservation honoree that year.