Women Film Pioneers Project

Women Film Pioneers Project The Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) is a digital publication and resource that advances research on the hundreds of women who worked behind the scenes during the silent film era.
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WFPP features short career profiles on single individuals, longer thematic peer-reviewed overview essays, and shorter multimedia posts, all by film scholars, film curators, archivists, and historians. In our published profiles, we cover women who worked in national cinemas across six of the seven continents. This project began as a search for “women film pioneers” who challenged the established idea of the great “fathers” of cinema. Since researchers found more women than anyone expected to find, one principle came to organize the project: What we assume never existed is what we invariably find. Today, the goals of WFPP are to jumpstart historical research on the work of women filmmakers from the early years of cinema through the coming of sound; to facilitate cross-national connections between researchers; and to reconfigure world film knowledge by foregrounding the fact that women worked in many capacities behind the scenes on a global scale. Always expanding, WFPP is published in partnership with Columbia University Libraries, with support from Columbia University, School of the Arts, Film Program.

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https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-ruth-ann-baldwin/"In late 1916, after six months as a film editor and a brief appr...
09/18/2020
Ruth Ann Baldwin – Women Film Pioneers Project

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-ruth-ann-baldwin/

"In late 1916, after six months as a film editor and a brief apprenticeship with director Lynn Reynolds, [Ruth Ann Baldwin] got her opportunity to direct, and Universal credited her with a total of thirteen titles. She soon left Universal, however, for reasons unknown. Beginning in 1919, Fox Film Company and Metro Pictures Corporation together credited Baldwin with six scenarios through 1921."

Women Film Pioneers Project is a scholarly resource exploring women’s global involvement at all levels of film production during the silent film era.

Ciné08-19
09/15/2020

Ciné08-19

Voici le programme complet du Colloque "Musidora, qui êtes-vous ?" coorganisé par Carole Aurouet, Marie-Claude Cherqui et Laurent Véray du 18 au 20 novembre 2020 à la Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen et au CNC.

Participeront à ce colloque : Olivier Assayas, Carole Aurouet, Karol Beffa, Anne Bléger, Didier Blonde, Francesca Bozzano, Lucas Bruneau, Emilie Cauquy, Patrick Cazals, Pierre Edouard Clamour, José-Maurice Cherqui, Marie-Claude Cherqui, Marie-Joëlle Cherqui, Anne-Olga de Pass, Béatrice de Pastre, Marc Durand, Yvon Dupart, Hélène Fleckinger, Annette Förster, Christophe Gauthier, Magali Goimard, Anne-Elisabeth Halpern, Myriam Juan, Laurent Mannoni, Camille Paillet, Paola Palma, Pascal Roques, Sébastien Rongier, Michel Saussol, Laurent Véray, Christophe Viart, Michel Viennot et les élèves du conservatoire de musique Jean-Philippe Rameau du VIe arrondissement de Paris.

Sur le carnet de recherche Ciné08-19, vous pourrez télécharger :
- le programme de 12 pages en PDF
- le flyer de 2 pages en PDF
https://cine0819.hypotheses.org/3046

Vous trouverez ici les captures d'écran de ces merveilleuses pages, réalisées par le graphiste Antoine Robaglia.

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09/14/2020
Le Giornate del Cinema Muto

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It’s time to register for the #39limitededition of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival: get your seat in the front row now!

"Hazel Burnett, as she was primarily known, was a theater accompanist who performed in Texas’s biggest motion picture pa...
09/12/2020
Hazel Burnett – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Hazel Burnett, as she was primarily known, was a theater accompanist who performed in Texas’s biggest motion picture palaces in the 1910s and 1920s. Burnett performed for both cinema and live theater as an organist and pianist." #BornOnThisDay

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/hazel-burnett/

Women Film Pioneers Project is a scholarly resource exploring women’s global involvement at all levels of film production during the silent film era.

𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐖𝐅𝐏𝐏: Katherine A. Johnson examines the career of American screenwriter Betty Burbridge. Often remembered as “Gen...
09/09/2020

𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐖𝐅𝐏𝐏: Katherine A. Johnson examines the career of American screenwriter Betty Burbridge.

Often remembered as “Gene Autry’s script writer" in the 1930s and 1940s, Burbridge's writing career actually started during the silent era.

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/betty-burbridge/

09/08/2020
Turner Classic Movies: TCM

Turner Classic Movies: TCM

Jean Renoir called THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED ('26) "a masterpiece" and proclaimed that German animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger was "born with magic hands". The film is the oldest surviving animated feature. #WomenMakeFilm

Filmmuseet / Det Danske Filminstitut
09/08/2020

Filmmuseet / Det Danske Filminstitut

I dag fylder en af dansk films mest produktive instruktører 120 år!

Alice O'Fredericks trådte ind i filmbranchen som skuespiller med en lille rolle som nonne i Benjamin Christensens kontroversielle 'Häxan' (hun var ansat som scripter i Christensens filmselskab) og fortsatte karrieren foran kameraet op gennem 20'erne i bl.a. nogle Fy & Bi-film, før hun startede sit eget produktionsselskab.

Hun debuterede som manuskriptforfatter i 1928 efter at have vundet en BT-konkurrence om et manuskript, der blev til Fy og Bi-filmen 'Filmens Helte', og herefter blev hun knyttet til Palladium som manuskriptforfatter og instruktørassistent for Lau Lauritzen Sr.

O'Fredericks lærte i de år filmhåndværket fra bunden, og det lagde grunden til en lang karriere som instruktør, der blev indledt i 1934 sammen med Lau Jr., med hvem hun kom til at lave rigtig mange film op gennem 30'erne og 40'erne.

I 1950 indledtes serien af Morten Korch-filmatiseringer hos ASA med fru Alice i instruktørstolen. Her dannede hun ofte par med enten Jon Iversen eller Robert Saaskin, men stod også som eneansvarlig instruktør for mange af filmene. Far til Fire-serien startede i 1953 og blev sammen med de tre Næsbygaard-film hendes svanesang.

Hun døde i begyndelsen af 1968 efter lang tids gigtsygdom, der havde lænket hende til en kørestol. Ikke desto mindre havde hun klaret at styre adskillige filmproduktioner fra sin kørestol og var blevet båret rundt af to mænd, når der var udeoptagelser.

Alice O'Fredericks er én af de mest produktive instruktører i dansk film til dato. Filmkritikerne gav hendes folkekomedier en meget ublid medfart i dagspressen, men publikum elskede dem.

Læs mere i artiklen 'Hitmageren O'Fredericks' lige her: https://www.dfi.dk/nyheder/hitmageren-ofredericks

Die Asta - Kunstmuseum Brandts
09/03/2020
Die Asta - Kunstmuseum Brandts

Die Asta - Kunstmuseum Brandts

Kom med Kunstmuseum Brandts på en cinematastisk rejse ind i mørket til 10’erne og 20’ernes hæsblæsende Berlin i selskab med Danmarks første og største filmstjerne. Vi præsenterer Die Asta.

"Your recommendations were impressively knowledgeable, and ranged from the 1922 feature 'A Woman’s Error' by Tressie Sou...
09/02/2020
Readers Would Add These African-American Directors to the Criterion Collection

"Your recommendations were impressively knowledgeable, and ranged from the 1922 feature 'A Woman’s Error' by Tressie Souders, often considered the first African-American woman director, to Phillip Youmans’s 'Burning Cane,' a Times Critic’s Pick released in October."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/movies/black-criterion.html

As the prestigious archive addresses its severe lack of such filmmakers, we asked you who should be included. You had a lot of ideas.

Turner Classic Movies: TCM
09/02/2020

Turner Classic Movies: TCM

Dorothy Arzner directs Sylvia Sidney, as cameraman David Abel looks on during the filming of MERRILY WE GO TO HELL (‘32). #WomenMakeFilm

Starting tonight!
09/01/2020
Schedule | TCM Presents Women Make Film

Starting tonight!

Turner Classic Movies invites you on an epic journey through cinema. 14 weeks. 120 years of filmmaking. Featuring over 100 directors from around the globe. Plus, the US television premiere of the 14-part docuseries Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema.

Watch actress, stuntwoman, and screenwriter Emilie Sannom in "Filmens Vovehals" today!
08/26/2020
Filmmuseet / Det Danske Filminstitut

Watch actress, stuntwoman, and screenwriter Emilie Sannom in "Filmens Vovehals" today!

"Livet er jo ikke værd at leve uden spænding, og kommer døden, ja så kommer den …"

Så selvsikker og fandenivoldsk var Emilie Sannom, der klatrede på kirkespir, husmure og møllevinger. Gik på line højt oppe i luften og balancerede på sylespidse pigge med bare tæer. Og slangede sig rundt på en flyvemaskines understel iført sommerkjole og høje hæle. Helt uden sikkerhedsforanstaltninger.

Blandt de nye film på stumfilm.dk er dette sammenklip, som Filminstituttet for længe siden fik overdraget af selveste Emilie Sannoms datter, Grethe Zornig.

Der er tale om en kompilation af klip fra forskellige film, der viser, hvorfor stumfilmskuespilleren Emilie Sannom (Mille) fik tilnavnet 'Filmens vovehals'.

Hun fik den selv lavet til det formål at vise den for sit publikum, når hun op gennem 1920'erne rejste rundt og holdt foredrag om sin eventyrlige karriere.

I filmens slutning ser man hende springe ud med faldskærm - det stunt, der i 1931 skulle blive hendes endeligt.

Du kan se filmen på stumfilm.dk via linket nedenfor, og hvis du vil vide mere, kan du høre hele to podcasts om Mille hos henholdsvis

Gry Jexen: Kvinde kend din historie: https://bit.ly/34yn0iw
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Vild Historie: https://bit.ly/32u74uS

Vi anbefaler desuden Freja Dams artikel: https://bit.ly/3aZaE4f

Kate Saccone on "feminist film history as an ongoing process of recovery and revision" and the flexible nature of digita...
08/25/2020
Modernism/modernity

Kate Saccone on "feminist film history as an ongoing process of recovery and revision" and the flexible nature of digital projects like the Women Film Pioneers Project.

Next up on the special series on digital archives and visual cultures, Kate Saccone explores mysterious histories of Canadian film on the Visualities blog, edited by Alix Beeston. Read "Digital (Re)Visions: May Watkis and the Women Film Pioneers Project" now! https://modernismmodernity.org/forums/posts/saccone-digital-revisions

"Women wrote both original and adapted scenarios. In addition, they contributed story ideas, served as story editors and...
08/24/2020
Shaping the Craft of Screenwriting: Women Screen Writers in Silent Era Hollywood – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Women wrote both original and adapted scenarios. In addition, they contributed story ideas, served as story editors and continuity writers, and wrote titles. As department and unit heads, they further impacted the stories being told. Women were everywhere as the craft of screen writing took shape."

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/essay/shaping-the-craft-of-screenwriting-women-screen-writers-in-silent-era-hollywood/

Projections is our new platform for posts and essays of varying lengths, multimedia content, and digital-friendly approa...
08/21/2020
Projections – Women Film Pioneers Project

Projections is our new platform for posts and essays of varying lengths, multimedia content, and digital-friendly approaches to silent film research and feminist scholarship.

Revisit some of our first posts (https://wfpp.columbia.edu/projections/) and learn how to contribute your own (https://wfpp.columbia.edu/contribute/#To_Propose_a_Projections_Post)

Women Film Pioneers Project is a scholarly resource exploring women’s global involvement at all levels of film production during the silent film era.

"Winnifred Eaton is best known for her success as a novelist under the pseudo-Japanese pen name Onoto Watanna, but she a...
08/21/2020
Winnifred Eaton – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Winnifred Eaton is best known for her success as a novelist under the pseudo-Japanese pen name Onoto Watanna, but she also worked as a screenwriter, title writer, literary advisor, and scenario editor for Universal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1921 and 1930, and wrote a number of poignant articles on both the profession of the Hollywood screenwriter and the Asian-American experience." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/winnifred-eaton/

Women Film Pioneers Project is a scholarly resource exploring women’s global involvement at all levels of film production during the silent film era.

08/17/2020
Feminist Media Histories

Deadline: September 1, 2020

🛎 CFP reminder
SCMS Women’s Caucus
Graduate Student Writing Prize 2021 Call for Submissions
Deadline: September 1, 2020

**Please note, this year you are not required to renew your SCMS membership prior to submitting your essay!

The SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize, co-sponsored by Feminist Media Histories, recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field of feminist media history.

A $500 cash prize will be awarded annually to the winner and the winning essay will be published (subject to revision) in Feminist Media Histories.

A Writing Award Committee composed of two members of the SCMS Women’s Caucus and the editor of Feminist Media Histories will evaluate submissions.

- Entrants must be enrolled in a recognized program of graduate study at the time they enter the contest.
- Essays should be between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length, including endnotes.
- Essays prepared by students to fulfill course requirements may be submitted for the award, as may be work produced as part of a dissertation or thesis.
- Essays that have been previously published, or have been accepted for publication, are not eligible for the prize.
Essays submitted for the award must be saved in PDF format (maximum 30MB).
- To maintain the anonymity of entrants, the author’s name should not appear on the essay. Authors should submit a separate cover sheet listing name, essay title, and contact information.
- Each student may enter only one essay annually.
To be considered for the award, essays, along with a completed nomination form (https://content.ucpress.edu/journals/fmh_scms_flyer.pdf), must be submitted to [email protected] no later than September 1, 2020.
The winning essay will be announced at SCMS Women’s Caucus 2021.

The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
08/16/2020
The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate

The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate

Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.

Happy Birthday to Norwegian film censor Fernanda Nissen!"Clearly, conflicting interests and values met in Fernanda Nisse...
08/15/2020
Fernanda Nissen – Women Film Pioneers Project

Happy Birthday to Norwegian film censor Fernanda Nissen!

"Clearly, conflicting interests and values met in Fernanda Nissen as censor, and her practice appears simultaneously ambiguous, contradictory, and explorative. The positions she took toward film are particularly interesting in that, as far as we know, she was the only woman of her time to participate in the public debate over film."

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/fernanda-nissen/

Women Film Pioneers Project is a scholarly resource exploring women’s global involvement at all levels of film production during the silent film era.

"Best known as the wife and collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville’s career as a screenwriter and editor has lar...
08/14/2020
Alma Reville – Women Film Pioneers Project

"Best known as the wife and collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville’s career as a screenwriter and editor has largely been overshadowed by that of her director husband. As Hitchcock was fond of pointing out, however, Reville entered the film industry long before he did and by the time they met in 1921, she was already an experienced editor, continuity supervisor, and director’s assistant." #bornonthisday

https://wfpp.columbia.edu/pioneer/alma-reville/

George Eastman Museum
08/14/2020
George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum

Fresh, new digitized Technicolor films from the vault! Come and get 'em! We've got Mary Pickford in THE BLACK PIRATE (1926), screen tests from THE GAUCHO (1927), and some Paris fashions from 1926:

These digitized films were made possible by National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Cares.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these videos, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Does anyone own a copy of "Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema"? I was thinking of getting a copy and would like to know if there is any references in it to Mabel Normand.
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Alice Howell in 3 rare silent gems on 1 DVD - Cinderella Cinders, One Wet Night, Under A Spell
Here's a promo that I did a couple of years ago for a Mabel Normand book. She deserves to be better appreciated.
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Alice Howell had a hand in creating the gags in her films, I'm convinced, and possibly more.
MARION DAVIES: actress, producer, writer
Seems like this book should be on this page:
Once again Marion Davies is ignored. Davies was one of the most successful actresses of the silent era (despite the persistent legends to the contrary), She wrote the scenario for her first film (pre-Hearst) and was a film producer and businesswoman. Davies starred in 30 silent films between 1917 and 1929 and appeared in 10 Broadway productions between 1914 and 1920. She also "appeared" on radio and wrote and produced a television pilot. A recent re-examination of her work has led to two (so far) blu-ray releases (WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER and ENCHANTMENT) and DVDs from multiple sources to include SHOW PEOPLE, THE PATSY, BEAUTY'S WORTH, THE BRIDE'S PLAY, THE RED MILL, QUALITY STREET. and GETTING MARY MARRIED. Davies was a trailblazer in comedy, a screwball comedienne before the genre existed. Two of her films, KNIGHTHOOD and LITTLE OLD NEW YORK, rank among the biggest box-office hits of the silent era.
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