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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's Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers project


 
Back To Gods
Film
Back to God's Country
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
 
Back to God's Country
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
 

One of the most dynamic personalities both on and off screen in the silent era, Canadian writer, producer, and director Nell Shipman stars as a rugged frontierswoman in this unique Arctic adventure saga.

+ Live piano accompaniment by Dana Reason
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Hypocrit
Film
Lois Weber Program 1
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
 
Lois Weber Program 1
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
 

One of film history’s first auteurs, Lois Weber combined daring themes of social justice with pioneering technical breakthroughs in cinematic storytelling.

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Fine Feathers
Film
Lois Weber Program 2
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
 
Lois Weber Program 2
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
 

One of film history’s first auteurs, writer, producer, director, and actress Lois Weber combined daring themes of social justice with pioneering technical breakthroughs in cinematic storytelling.

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

The first female filmmaker—and the first director to make a narrative fiction film—Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer whose essential films touch on issues of gender, race, and sexuality.

+ Live piano accompaniment by Liz Magnes
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Red Kimona
Film
The Red Kimona + Bread
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
 
The Red Kimona + Bread
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
 

Two overlooked figures in cinema history—Dorothy Davenport and Ida May Park—helm these hard-hitting, socially conscious dramas that confront the exploitation of women.

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

Pioneering women filmmakers tackle issues of race, gender, and the social conditions of the early 1900s in this program featuring rare footage shot by Zora Neale Hurston and the first Chinese-American film.

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Linda
Film
Linda + When Little Lindy Sang + That Ice Ticket
Mon, Jul 23, 2018
 
Linda + When Little Lindy Sang + That Ice Ticket
Mon, Jul 23, 2018
 

Dorothy Davenport’s striking backwoods melodrama about the constraints of women in a patriarchal society screens alongside an early treatment of racial prejudice.

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47 49
Film
Genre Film Pioneers
Tue, Jul 24, 2018
 
Genre Film Pioneers
Tue, Jul 24, 2018
 

The first western made by a woman screens with an action-adventure short in this program highlighting the important contributions women directors made to popular entertainment of the silent era.

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Mabels Blunder
Film
Mabel Normand Program
Wed, Jul 25, 2018
 
Mabel Normand Program
Wed, Jul 25, 2018
 

One of the most gifted comedians of the silent era, director and actress Mabel Normand was a slapstick innovator who was instrumental in shaping the careers of frequent co-stars Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle.

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Salome
Film
Salomé
Thu, Jul 26, 2018
 
Salomé
Thu, Jul 26, 2018
 

The passion project of Russian-born actress and producer Alla Nazimova, this Art Nouveau-meets-camp adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play is a deliriously decadent avant-garde spectacle.

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