Women Film Pioneers Project

Women Film Pioneers Project The Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) is a collaborative digital resource that advances research on female filmmakers in the silent era.

The Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) is a collaborative digital publication that advances research on female filmmakers in the silent era by showcasing the hundreds of women who worked behind-the-scenes as directors, producers, editors, and more. Always expanding, WFPP features career profiles, longer overview essays on national cinemas and occupations, still and moving images, and archival and bibliographic resource materials. The goals of WFPP are to jumpstart historical research on the work of women filmmakers from the early years of cinema, ending with the coming of sound; to facilitate a cross-national connection between researchers; to reconfigure world film knowledge by foregrounding an undocumented phenomenon: these women worked in many capacities. Published by Columbia University's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, WFPP features essays written by established film scholars and archivists and covers pioneers from the United States and Latin America, as well as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and former Yugoslavia. https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/about/

Happy Birthday to Gene Gauntier!In 1924, she recounted her career to Photoplay: “In addition to playing the principal ...
05/17/2019
Gene Gauntier – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Gene Gauntier!

In 1924, she recounted her career to Photoplay: “In addition to playing the principal parts, I also wrote, with the exception of a bare half-dozen, every one of the five hundred or so pictures in which I appeared. I picked locations, supervised sets, passed on tests, co-directed with Sidney Olcott.” #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-gene-gauntier/

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"In 1918, Mary Stuart Spencer, more widely known to the film-going public as the theatre owner Señora Spencer, found he...
05/15/2019
Señora Spencer – Women Film Pioneers Project

"In 1918, Mary Stuart Spencer, more widely known to the film-going public as the theatre owner Señora Spencer, found herself at the center of a court case in which her capacity to conduct business independently of her husband was put into legal debate." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-senora-spencer/

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"Ada Aline Urban is not mentioned in any film histories, but as co-owner and chief financier of the Natural Color Kinema...
05/15/2019
Ada Aline Urban – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Ada Aline Urban is not mentioned in any film histories, but as co-owner and chief financier of the Natural Color Kinematograph Company, she was the leading female figure in British film of her day." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-ada-aline-urban/

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Thursday, June 13, 2019!"Celebrate Lois Weber’s 140th birthday with the unveiling of a new historical marker outside t...
05/13/2019
Lois Weber: Film Pioneer | Heinz History Center

Thursday, June 13, 2019!

"Celebrate Lois Weber’s 140th birthday with the unveiling of a new historical marker outside the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny branch during the day, then join the History Center in the evening for a special conversation between acclaimed actor and Turner Classic Movies host Illeana Douglas and film historian Shelley Stamp."

Dive into film history with actor and Turner Classic Movies host Illeana Douglas and Dr. Shelley Stamp, film historian and professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Silent London
05/13/2019
Silent London

Silent London

I am so thrilled to see this live. The #VictorianFilm collection on BFI Player

Happy Birthday to Swedish title writer Alva Lundin!"Throughout the 1920s, Alva Lundin was the most prolific credit title...
05/11/2019
Alva Lundin – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Swedish title writer Alva Lundin!

"Throughout the 1920s, Alva Lundin was the most prolific credit title and inter-title designer in Swedish cinema and she designed title cards for at least nineteen silent films."

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/alva-lundin/

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Happy Birthday to Olga Petrova!"Like many other silent actresses, she wrote several of her own screenplays. Her first cr...
05/10/2019
Olga Petrova – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Olga Petrova!

"Like many other silent actresses, she wrote several of her own screenplays. Her first credit was for the Blaché film 'The Vampire' (1915). In the film trade press, Petrova was a vocal critic of the kind of female roles then available. She told the Motion Picture News that she disliked the 'simpering, gushing ingénue' and preferred to play 'the woman of today: a modern, quick thinking and wholly human woman.'" #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-olga-petrova/

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Silent London
05/08/2019
Silent London

Silent London

Excellent Sight & Sound piece by Brad Stevens on Nell Shipman and theories of authorship

"Maria P. Williams, who, like Tressie Souders, also lived in Kansas City, Missouri, produced, distributed, and acted in ...
05/07/2019
Maria P. Williams – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Maria P. Williams, who, like Tressie Souders, also lived in Kansas City, Missouri, produced, distributed, and acted in her own film, The Flames of Wrath (1923)."

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/maria-p-williams-2/

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"The end of the Mexican Revolution in 1917 and the ensuing economic and social stability allowed for the development of ...
05/06/2019
Mimí Derba – Women Film Pioneers Project

"The end of the Mexican Revolution in 1917 and the ensuing economic and social stability allowed for the development of Mexican feature film production. In 1917, Derba, along with Enrique Rosas, established the Azteca Film Company and produced five films in that one year: 'Alma de sacrificio,' 'En defensa propia,' 'En la sombra,' 'La soñadora,' and 'La tigresa.' In addition to producing these films, Derba wrote two of the scripts, co-directed 'La tigresa,' and acted in all except 'La tigresa.'"

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-mimi-derba/

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"It would have been hard to page through any major trade publication of the 1910s and 1920s without coming across an ite...
05/03/2019
Mabel Condon – Women Film Pioneers Project

"It would have been hard to page through any major trade publication of the 1910s and 1920s without coming across an item about Mabel Condon. During this time, Condon wore many hats in the film industry, working as a journalist, publicist, trade journal editor, and business owner."

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/mabel-condon/

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"An admitted fan of the movies, Mary MacLane was delighted when Spoor approached her in 1918 with a multi-picture contra...
05/02/2019
Mary MacLane – Women Film Pioneers Project

"An admitted fan of the movies, Mary MacLane was delighted when Spoor approached her in 1918 with a multi-picture contract that gave her the opportunity to write as well as to act. The first film would be an adaptation of her 1910 article, 'Men Who Have Made Love to Me,' in which she was to play herself." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-mary-maclane/

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Revisit one of our older overview essays: "Women as Camera Operators or 'Cranks'" by Jane Gaines and Michelle Koerner.ht...
05/01/2019
Women as Camera Operators or “Cranks” – Women Film Pioneers Project

Revisit one of our older overview essays: "Women as Camera Operators or 'Cranks'" by Jane Gaines and Michelle Koerner.

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/essay/women-as-camera-operators-or-cranks/

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The taboo-busting women of Chinese film
04/29/2019
The taboo-busting women of Chinese film

The taboo-busting women of Chinese film

(BBC) - A lot has changed in the past 18 years, according to film director Louisa Wei. In 2001, realising that the female pioneers of Chinese cinema were repeatedly being missed from the history books

Happy Birthday to film magazine writer and editor Gladys Hall!"Though she produced a remarkable number of photoplay stor...
04/26/2019
Gladys Hall – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to film magazine writer and editor Gladys Hall!

"Though she produced a remarkable number of photoplay stories and other articles during her early years in the fan magazine field, Gladys Hall became most well known for her interviews with film personalities and other celebrities." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/gladys-hall/

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Happy Birthday to Anita Loos!"A prolific writer who appeared in the press in a manner as glamorized as the stars she wro...
04/26/2019
Anita Loos – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Anita Loos!

"A prolific writer who appeared in the press in a manner as glamorized as the stars she wrote for, Anita Loos wrote over one hundred and fifty scripts in her thirty years as a Hollywood screenwriter and elevated intertitles to an art." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-anita-loos/

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IFC Center
04/25/2019

IFC Center

The legacy of the very first #femalefilmmaker had been all but forgotten, but Alice Guy Blaché is indeed an ancestor to narrative filmmakers in general. Learn her story in BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ - opens this FRI Apr 26 at IFC Center.

Director Pamela B. Green will be in person on FRI Apr 26 at the 7:05pm show - tickets are available at http://bit.ly/BeNaturalIFCCenter.

"In 1915, Yost left Santa Barbara to take a secretarial course at the Los Angeles Business College. Still a teenager, Yo...
04/25/2019
Dorothy Yost – Women Film Pioneers Project

"In 1915, Yost left Santa Barbara to take a secretarial course at the Los Angeles Business College. Still a teenager, Yost worked as a secretary at a safe manufacturing company until December 1917 when she took a new secretarial position, this time assisting the scenario editor at the Triangle Film Corporation. Within six months she was promoted to head of the reading department, where she was responsible for reviewing and revitalizing scripts." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-dorothy-yost/

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"Katharine Hilliker, best known for her work as a team with her husband, Harry H. Caldwell, began her career writing sil...
04/25/2019
Katharine Hilliker – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Katharine Hilliker, best known for her work as a team with her husband, Harry H. Caldwell, began her career writing silent motion picture titles and shaping European films for release in the United States before becoming a freelance production editor for Samuel Goldwyn, United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Fox Film Corporation." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-katharine-hilliker/

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Happy Birthday to Gertrude Thanhouser!"While Thanhouser Company may not be one of the best known of the early film compa...
04/23/2019
Gertrude Homan Thanhouser – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Gertrude Thanhouser!

"While Thanhouser Company may not be one of the best known of the early film companies, what is certain is that its founder and public figurehead was Edwin Thanhouser. Missing from this account, however, is the critical role played by his wife, Gertrude Homan Thanhouser. She was a major contributor to the success of the Thanhouser film enterprise, where she worked as actress, scenario writer, film editor, and studio executive." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-gertrude-homan-thanhouser/

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"Aili Kari made a career for herself in the early Finnish film industry, but her name is very seldom remembered or menti...
04/22/2019
Aili Kari – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Aili Kari made a career for herself in the early Finnish film industry, but her name is very seldom remembered or mentioned. During the silent era, she worked as a production secretary and as an actress at the major film company Suomi-Filmi, which had been founded in 1919 under the name of Suomen Filmikuvaamo and regularly produced fiction films. Later, Kari was involved in the founding of another major studio, Suomen Filmiteollisuus, and worked there as an office manager and chief accountant." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/aili-kari/

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Happy Birthday to Lucille McVey (aka Mrs. Sidney Drew)!"The question of the division of labor within husband and wife te...
04/18/2019
Mrs. Sidney Drew – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Lucille McVey (aka Mrs. Sidney Drew)!

"The question of the division of labor within husband and wife teams is also relevant with the Drews as it is with other couples such as Mrs. George Randolph Chester and her husband. Both couples were inseparable collaborators in their productive years. But Lucille McVey is different in the way she continued as
'the Drews' when she worked on her own as sole producer and director." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-mrs-sidney-drew/

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"Fay Tincher seems to have struck out on her own when she formed Fay Tincher Productions in 1917, but exactly how many c...
04/17/2019
Fay Tincher – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Fay Tincher seems to have struck out on her own when she formed Fay Tincher Productions in 1917, but exactly how many comedies she made is uncertain, and none of these are extant." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-fay-tincher/

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"Little information has come down to us regarding Fabienne Fabrèges, as well as the many other actresses of that time, ...
04/16/2019
Fabienne Fabrèges – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Little information has come down to us regarding Fabienne Fabrèges, as well as the many other actresses of that time, despite her well-known and remarkable career. "

https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/fabienne-fabreges/

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