Film Series

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers

 
 
Jul 20—Jul 26, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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In the Wild West days of early filmmaking—before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys’ club—talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Bringing together dozens of essential new restorations, this series spotlights the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers and restores their centrality to the creation of cinema itself.

Presented in partnership with Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress


 
PAST EVENTS
Back To Gods
Film
Back to God's Country
 

Dynamic writer-producer-director Nell Shipman stars in this rugged Arctic adventure saga.

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
 
 
Hypocrit
Film
Lois Weber Program 1
 

Thematically daring, formally innovative works from one of cinema history’s first auteurs.

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
 
 
Fine Feathers
Film
Lois Weber Program 2
 

Thematically daring, formally innovative works from one of cinema history’s first auteurs.

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
 
 
Ocean Waif
Film
Alice Guy Blaché Program
 

Essential slices of film history from the very first female director.

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
 
 
Red Kimona
Film
The Red Kimona + Bread
 

Hard-hitting, socially-conscious dramas that confront the exploitation of women.

Sun, Jul 22, 2018
 
 
Curse Of Quon Gwon
Film
Social Work/Social Issues
 

Features rare footage shot by Zora Neale Hurston and the first Chinese-American film.

Sun, Jul 22, 2018
 
 
Linda
Film
Linda + When Little Lindy Sang + That Ice Ticket
 

A striking backwoods melodrama and an early treatment of racial prejudice.

Mon, Jul 23, 2018
 
 
47 49
Film
Genre Film Pioneers
 

The first western made by a woman screens with an action-adventure short.

Tue, Jul 24, 2018
 
 
Mabels Blunder
Film
Mabel Normand Program
 

The ebullient director-comedian in films co-starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

Wed, Jul 25, 2018
 
 
Salome
Film
Salomé
 

Alla Nazimova’s delirious, decadent, Art Nouveau-meets-camp spectacle.

Thu, Jul 26, 2018