Last semester, I took a course on women filmmakers and it quickly became one of my favorite classes. Some of the early filmmakers we studied included (but were certainly not limited to) Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber, Dorothy Arzner, and Germaine Dulac. Since then, it’s left me wanting to learn more, and Flicker Alley’s newest release seems to be the perfect jumping-off point. Their new set features works by the aforementioned filmmakers, along with ten other pioneering ladies. What’s more—they’re hosting a giveaway, and I am thrilled to be partnering with them!
Did you know that more women worked in the film industry during its first two decades than at any time since? Or that a woman created some of the first narrative films ever made? Or that in 1916, the highest paid director in Hollywood was a woman?
Despite their incredible achievements, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. On May 9th, Flicker Alley presents Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology on Dual-Format Edition Blu-Ray/DVD, showcasing the work of 14 of early cinema’s most innovative and influential women directors, re-writing and celebrating their rightful place in film history.
Read on for your chance to win a copy!
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.
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.
For a complete list of films included on the set, please visit Flicker Alley.
Release Date: May 9, 2017
List Price: $69.95
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One lucky winner will receive a copy of Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology on Dual-Format Edition Blu-Ray/DVD from Flicker Alley! Giveaway is open to residents of U.S./Canada and ends on May 22, 2o17.
Simply fill out the entry form linked below, then leave a comment stating which film or director you are most looking forward to on this set. Best of luck!