SCREENING SERIES: Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers

American Cinematheque presents:
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. – BAMcinématek

Los Angeles
American Cinematheque – Egyptian Theatre
July 27 – 29

3 programs


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“One of the most important messages I hope to convey is that so many of the debates we’re having today were actually settled 100 years ago – Can women direct action pictures? Yes. Can female leads carry pictures at the box office? Yes. Can “women’s issues” (like reproductive politics, sexuality, family life) appeal to a wide audience? Yes. Ignoring this history and continuing to debate issues that were settled so long ago makes today’s generation of female filmmakers think they have to reinvent the wheel, when all they really have to do is look to the past for inspiration.” – Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers curator Shelley Stamp