Month: December 2017

← News Archive

Call for Papers: The 2018 British Silent Film Festival Symposium, April 19-20, 2018


Call for Papers: The 2018 British Silent Film Festival Symposium

April 19-20, 2018

Dept. of Film Studies at Kings College London

Deadline: March 20, 2018 

“BSFFS aims to showcase new research in any aspect of film-making and film-going culture in Britain or the British Empire before 1930. We invite proposals for 15-20 minute papers. The event will include a day of screenings at a venue TBA and a day of papers (Friday) at KCL Nash Lecture Theatre.” For more information, please see the Facebook event

To submit: send abstracts of approximately 300 words to

← News Archive

Film Screening: “Scandal! Two Films by Lois Weber,” March 9, 2018, University of Chicago


Scandal! Two Films by Lois Weber

Friday, March 9, 2018 – 7:00pm

Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St., Chicago)

Lois Weber (1879-1939) was the most celebrated woman director, screenwriter, and producer in Hollywood during the silent era. Known for progressive social dramas like Where Are My Children? (Weber and Phillips Smalley, 1916), Shoes (Weber and Phillips Smalley, 1916), and The Blot (Weber, 1921), Weber believed that films were “living newspapers” that could reflect on contemporary debates about the living conditions of the working class, contraception, and women’s place in the institution of marriage, among others. More consistently than the films of her peers D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, Weber’s work demonstrates the power of cinema to bring social change through engaging and provocative stories, powerful mise-en-scène, and complex female characters. “I think the young women of this country today want to be individuals and have freedom of thought and action,” Weber once said. “They have brains and character. That is the kind of girl I am going to show in my story.” 

Scandal Mongers (1915/1918) looks at the damaging effects of gossip as a stenographer and her boss are embroiled in a salacious media frenzy, and Sensation Seekers (1927) follows a scandal-prone socialite as she alternates between dancing the night away in sleazy speakeasies and seeking redemption in the church.

(Lois Weber, 1915/18 & 1927, 110 min., DCP, courtesy of the Library of Congress). With live accompaniment by David Drazin.

Curated by Aurore Spiers (CMS) as part of the Film Studies Center’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program. 

For more information, click here

⤒ Return to top