Milestone Films

Bridgett Davis' NAKED ACTS



“Fresh, funny and original!”


“Off-beat, razor-sharp comedy!”

-The New York Times 

JULIE DASH, KINO LORBER, and MILESTONE FILMS are thrilled to announce the brand new 4K restoration of Bridgett Davis' NAKED ACTS.

Cicely's mom was a Blaxploitation icon akin to Pam Grier or Tamara Dobson, which means she grew up on film sets. As she has painful memories of those days, it is a surprise that twenty-something Cicely (Cece) has chosen to follow her mother's path and become an actress. Her mother sure isn’t happy when Cece – estranged for a few years and having recently shed 57 pounds – shows up to her video store one night to talk about her future.

Of course, Cece has no interest in dubious movies like her mother’s – she is cast in a low budget arthouse film, which comes with its own set of challenges, one of them being that the script demands a nude scene... Trash or art: in the end the problems remain the same. Cece embarks on a battle of wits with the writer/producer to modify her character’s arc and thus remain fully clothed. In the end, she will need to confront her body image issues, her fraught relationship with her mother, and her own troubled childhood to carve out her own identity as a woman.

The cinematic daughter of filmmaker Kathleen Collins — whose pioneering work Losing Ground inspired her to direct her sole fiction feature — Bridgett Davis encountered many challenges while releasing the film in the mid 90’s. When Naked Acts did not find a receptive distributor, Davis decided to take things into her own hands — distributing and promoting the film herself. Naked Acts enjoyed relative success in the alternative festival and theatrical circuit, but remained one of the criminally under-seen “most influential Black films.” Naked Acts features brilliant acting by leads Jake-ann Jones and the late Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us), in his only romantic lead.


“I felt empowered to portray a film-within-a-film for my feature, Naked Acts, because I knew that Losing Ground included a film-within-a-film. I felt empowered to tell the story of a community of black artists and actors because I knew another black woman filmmaker had done just that. And I felt empowered to explore a black woman’s inner life and sexuality on the screen because I knew (Kathleen) Collins had already ventured to do so.”

– Bridgett Davis on her influences and Kathleen Collins

 An Explanation of Home, Classroom, and Public Performance Rights

Individuals and non-profit institutions purchasing DVDs, DVD-Rs, or Blu-rays — or streaming — at published home-use sale and rental prices are authorized to use the film only for private home screenings and legitimate classroom showings (a regularly scheduled class with an instructor present), per the United States Copyright Law. You can learn more about the distinction between classroom and public performance screenings here.


Through our distribution partner, Kino Lorber, Milestone provides a variety of licensing to suit all needs. Our standard institutional licensing packages are designed to provide colleges, universities and qualified non-profits with the best value for multiple uses, and our one-time community screening licenses allow any organization to exhibit high-quality films for a reasonable fee. Please note that all licensing carries restrictions on audience numbers and/or geographic range.


  • CLASSROOM RIGHTS allow unlimited use in face-to-face classroom situations for the life of the media, restricted to a single campus or location. Please note that this license doesn't include public screenings or digital transmission of any kind.
  • PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS (PPR) allow educational and nonprofit groups to exhibit our films to groups of 100 or fewer individuals where admission is not charged. The term of the public performance license is for the life of the DVD. However, if you intend to charge admission, expect an audience over 100, or publicly advertise the screening, then we ask that you contact us regarding an exhibition fee. Films purchased without Public Performance Rights are restricted for individual viewing or face-to-face teaching in the classroom only.
  • DIGITAL SITE LICENSES (DSL) allow colleges, universities and nonprofits to locally host and stream to their community on a closed, password-protected system for the life of the digital file.
  • K-12 PPR comes with limited performance rights so films can be shown in classrooms, at PTA meetings, during after school programs, and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a K-12 school building or on a single campus. 

For all educational licenses and screenings, please Estelle Grosso, Director of Educational and Non-Theatrical Sales & Distribution at Kino Lorber (Milestone’s distribution partner) at:

The purchase of DVDs, DVD-Rs, and Blu-rays at the institutional rate by anyone outside of a North American non-profit educational institution does not grant rights for public performance or streaming.

Any continuous or loop screenings as part of a museum exhibition must also be licensed separately. Inquiries must be negotiated directly by emailing

Information for Exhibitors Screening DCPs and Film Prints

All bookings must be made by email correspondence with George Schmalz, Director of Theatrical Sales at Kino Lorber (Milestone’s distribution partner) at: to negotiate terms and insure a screening copy is available. An order is only finalized when Kino Lorber sends written confirmation.

DCPs are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing DCPs appear on your invoice. The immediate return or transshipment (as directed) of all DCPs is your responsibility.

DCPs should be returned to:

Milestone Film & Video
38 George Street
Harrington Park, New Jersey 07640-0128
United States 

35mm and 16mm prints are shipped insured for their cost via Federal Express or UPS and must be returned the same way or by an equivalent method. Please do not ship prints back via US Mail. Exhibitor pays to ship both ways. Shipping and handling charges for outgoing prints appear on your invoice. The immediate return of all prints is your responsibility.

Prints should be returned insured for $1,000 to:

Iron Mountain
Attn: Milestone Account
235 Main Street
Little Falls, NJ 07424

For public screenings, advertising materials can be requested by contacting

Milestone is the exclusive licensor for all the titles in this catalog, all of which are available from Milestone’s distribution partner Kino Lorber. in their complete versions.


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