The Cinema Studies Group is proud to present “Pioneers: First Woman Filmmakers,” a screening of short films by directors like Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Zora Neale Hurston, Lule Warrenton, Marion E. Wong, and Mabel Normand”.
Featuring: special guest speaker, Kate Saccone, project manager of the Women Film Pioneers Project.
In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores.—Editorial Review
Curated and Moderated by Elyse Singer, Theatre and Performance Ph.D. Program.
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5:30pm, May 9, 2019
Room C-197, Concourse Level
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 5th Avenue
Cinema Studies Group, a DSC chartered organization at The Graduate Center