Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers

Directed by Mabel Normand and Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid and Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber and Helen Holmes

Release Year: 2018
Closed Captioned: Yes
Genres: Silent
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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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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