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Genre Film Pioneers

 
 
Tue, Jul 24, 2018
  • 7PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 101min
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This program highlights the important contributions of women filmmakers to popular entertainment in the silent era, including action-thriller serials and westerns.

New 2K DCP courtesy Kino Lorber

 
A Daughter of The Law

Dir. Grace Cunard
1921, 21min, DCP

 

Known as “the Serial Queen” for her vivacious turns in western, action, and thriller shorts, Grace Cunard was also a prolific writer and director whose unabashedly entertaining films include this two-reel adventure in which she plays a Secret Service agent.

Recorded music by Amy Denio

 
‘49-'17

Dir. Ruth Ann Baldwin
With Joseph W. Girard, Leo Pierson, William Dyer
1917, 70min, DCP

 

The earliest known western directed by a woman, Ruth Ann Baldwin”s ’49—’17 is the curious story of a former miner (Girard) who, nostalgic for the adventurous days of the 1849 Gold Rush, sets out to recreate a Wild West town, a premise that “stands out for its clever reworking of traditional Western mythology at a time when the cinematic genre was still in its infancy” (Cullen Gallagher, Not Coming).

Recorded music by Eunice Martins

 
 
 
The Purple Mask: Episode 13

Dir. Grace Cunard & Francis Ford
1917, 11min

 

A chapter from Cunard’s wildly popular serial with Cunard herself as the proto-superhero, constantly outwitting the authorities on her trail.

Recorded music by Rob Gal

 
 
 
 
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