With live organ accompaniment!
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.
85 minutes. Shorts. NR
The following selections were curated by Elizabeth Weitzman, film critic for the Wrap. She will be on site to introduce the films and talk about her latest book Renegade Women in Film & TV.
- Mixed Pets (Alice Guy Blache, 1911)
- A Fool and His Money (Alice Guy Blache, 1912)
- Mabel’s Blunder (Mabel Normand, 1914)
- Hazards of Helen: The Wild Engine (Episode 26) (Helen Holmes, 1915)
- A Daughter of ‘The Law’ (Grace Cunard, 1921)
- That Ice Ticket (Angela Murray Gibson, 1923)