Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
Directed by Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, Dorothy Davenport Reid, and Alice Guy-Blaché
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
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. – BAMCinematek
Box set out November 2018. Produced in collaboration with the Library of Congress.
"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote."
"Provides a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest films helmed by early Hollywood’s intrepid women... filling in the blanks of the past and reclaiming the medium’s forgotten stories."
"One of this year’s most essential archival box sets."
"This is nirvana for keen purchasers ready to immerse themselves in a blossoming new expression started over 100 years ago. To those even remotely interested - Kino's 6 Blu-ray package is strongly recommended!"
"...an essential piece of film history, and engaging viewing besides."
"Film fans, rejoice! The true history of the motion picture industry just got a bit more complete."
"This wonderful box set would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in women in film or in film history."
"...one of the most important disc sets of 2018, and it's the perfect gift for the serious cinephile."
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|Indiana University Cinema||Bloomington||IN||1567656000September 5, 2019|
|Oriental Theatre||Milwaukee||WI||1555646400April 19 - April 20, 2019|
|Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival||Ithaca||NY||1554436800April 5, 2019|
|Smithsonian American Art Museum||Washington||DC||1553918400March 30, 2019|
|Ann Arbor Film Festival||Ann Arbor||MI||1553572800March 26, 2019|
|Princeton Garden Theatre||Princeton||NJ||1553140800March 21, 2019|
|Michigan Theater||Ann Arbor||MI||1551157200February 26, 2019|
|Dallas VideoFest||Dallas||TX||1549688400February 9, 2019|
|Cascadia International Women's Film Festival||Bellingham||WA||1546750800January 6, 2019|
|San Francisco Silent Film Festival||San Francisco||CA||1543640400December 1, 2018|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||154191240011/11, 11/13, 11/17-18, 11/20, 11/24-25, 11/27, 12/1-2, 12/4-5, 12/8-9|
|Cinema Detroit||Detroit||MI||1541394000November 5 - December 6, 2018|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||154009440010/21, 10/28|
|Wisconsin Cinematheque||Madison||WI||153940320010/13, 11/3|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||153931680010/12-13, 11/6|
|Grand Cinema Tacoma||Tacoma||WA||1539144000October 10, 2018|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||153879840010/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27|
|New York Film Festival||New York||NY||1538625600October 4, 2018|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1538280000September 30, 2018|
|Rose Theatre||Port Townsend||WA||1538107200September 28 - October 4, 2018|
|DeBartolo Performing Arts Center||Notre Dame||IN||1537243200September 18, 2018|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||15362064009/6-9, 9/13-16, 9/20-23, 9/27-30, 10/4-7|
|LACMA||Los Angeles||CA||15336144008/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28|
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