Month: May 2017

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Blu-ray/DVD Release: Flicker Alley’s Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology

Just released: Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology

From Flicker Alley’s website:

“More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema’s most innovative and influential women directors, re-writing and celebrating their rightful place in film history.

International in scope, this groundbreaking collection features over 10 hours of material, comprised of 25 films spanning 1902-1943, including many rare titles not widely available until now, from shorts to feature films, live-action to animation, commercial narratives to experimental works. Directors include Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Mabel Normand, Madeline Brandeis, Germaine Dulac, Olga Preobrazhenskaia, Marie-Louise Iribe, Lotte Reiniger, Claire Parker, Mrs. Wallace Reid (Dorothy Davenport), Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Ellen Bute, Dorothy Arzner, and Maya Deren.

These women were technically and stylistically innovative, pushing the boundaries of narrative, aesthetics, and genre. Going back to the beginning of cinema, this collection makes visible the tremendous directorial contributions women made all around the world. Beautifully restored in high definition, Early Women Filmmakers features new scores by Sergei Dreznin, Frederick Hodges, Tamar Muskal, Judith Rosenberg, and Rodney Sauer and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

This anthology is dedicated to the memory of David Shepard (1940-2017), without whom these films – along with countless others – would simply not have been made available in such beautifully-restored editions. The collection represents one of David’s final produced works, completed in collaboration with several film archives, including the French National Center for Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC), the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago, and the Library of Congress.

Bonus Materials Include:

•Booklet Essay: By film scholar and Women Film Pioneers Project Manager Kate Saccone.

•Audio Commentary: For Lois Weber’s The Blot by author, professor, and expert on women and early film culture Shelley Stamp, courtesy of Milestone Film and Video.”


Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology Trailer from Flicker Alley on Vimeo.


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Film Festival: The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1-4, 2017


The 22nd San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be taking place on June 1-4, 2017! 

The line-up includes two films directed by early women directors:  Lois Weber’The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) and Dorothy Arzner’s Get Your Man (1927). 

From the SFSFF website:

Twenty-two years! SFSFF is thrilled to continue presenting indelible live cinema events at San Francisco’s glorious silent-era movie palace, the Castro Theatre. This year brings many restorations including three titles SFSFF had a hand in—Silence with Cinémathèque Française, The Three Musketeers with MoMA, and a fragment of the lost Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks film Now We’re in the Air with the Czech National Archive!  We’re presenting films from nine countries, including Poland and Japan! Two films directed by women! Musicians from around the world! Special guests! Extras! Enchantment!

All films at SFSFF are accompanied with live music by extraordinary musicians. Our favorites are returning—Alloy Orchestra, Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, Frank Bockius, Guenter Buchwald, Stephen Horne, Sascha Jacobsen, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Donald Sosin—and we’re thrilled to welcome DJ Spooky in his SFSFF premiere!



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